Remote lab experiments successfully tested in online workshop

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As part of the “LAB” project, an online seminar for students from Dnipro University of Technology has been held on  29-30 November.

The seminar was kicked-off by an introduction of Reutlingen University followed by a lecture on “Internet of Things and Industry 4.0” delivered by em. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Gruhler. The audience included 1-4th year bachelor and master students from DUT, as well as DUT exchange students from near-eastern countries.

Subsequent, up to 15 DUT students have performed remote laboratory experiments in the Robotics laboratory under supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arnd Buschhaus from Reutlingen University. Currently there are two test stands in robotics, equipped with remote access technology, which allows performing practical classes via the Internet. The objectives of the experiments included finding optimal sequence of robot’s operations, analysis of robots’ behavior, setting desired trajectory of the coordinate robot.

On November 30th, the seminar focused on executing the “Flying Ball” experiment in the laboratory of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Antonio Notholt. The experiment is dedicated to tuning of a proportional-integral-derivative controller of a fan, which blows air into the vertical tube with the ball within. Such a fun application allows acquiring practical skills in setting up electric drives in industry.

The project LAB centers around the idea of remote access to robots and other machines regardless of the physical location of users. Given the distance of more than 2.300 Km between Reutlingen and Dnipro, the seminar provided an excellent opportunity to put the developed remote laboratories to the test. Evaluations conducted among students of both universities indicated a high satisfaction with this online-learning experience, while some improvements remain to be done to ensure a fully reliable 24/7 operation of the online experiments by the end of the project in September 2022.

During the workshop teachers and students from Reutlingen University and Dnipro University of Technology communicated smoothly, despite the physical distances between them.