Remote Control Laboratory Experiments in Physics using LabVIEW

By yassine khazri, Ahmed AL Sabri, Brahim Sabir, Hicham Toumi, Mohammed Moussetad, Ahmed Fahli

Abstract


Remote laboratories are distributed computing environment which allows learners to perform experiments by interacting with real devices, real instruments, and remote mechanisms, through an appropriate platform of telecommunications. The development of remote laboratories is a promising direction for the future of engineering education because they provide means for students to design and conduct experiments without the need for physical laboratory equipment on site.  Remotely accessible instruments and experiments enhance the experience of students by providing a remote interface to a physical device. Students perform their exercises at home just as in a real lab so they can apply their experience directly when working on location. Needless to say: remote laboratory are a key to raise the student’s interest and improve self-paced learning. The implementation of a generic remote control interface for existing instruments and the acquisition and visualization of data is one milestone on the road to the future in distance learning. To avoid obstacles on this way, the system architecture should be understandable, modular and easy to extend, so laboratories with different hardware could be integrated in the lab environment.

In this article we describe implementation of the real experiments in physics via remote control and comment on our technical solutions to programming and interfacing problems.


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