Development of a Web-Based Educational Platform to Interact with Remote Mobile Robots

Development of a Web-Based Educational Platform to Interact with Remote Mobile Robots

Luis Payá (Miguel Hernández University, Spain), Oscar Reinoso (Miguel Hernández University, Spain), David Úbeda (Miguel Hernández University, Spain), Luis M. Jiménez (Miguel Hernández University, Spain) and José M. Marín (Miguel Hernández University, Spain)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-791-2.ch003
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Abstract

In this chapter the authors approach the problem that hand-on experiments may present in engineering studies and how Internet has become a powerful tool to improve the students’ motivation, interaction and degree of learning. Also, the authors address some challenges that must be taken into account in order to improve the effectiveness of the remote laboratories. They have implemented an interactive tool so that students can monitor and control the evolution of a team of mobile robots through Internet. This platform is designed for a subject whose contents are computer vision and robotics, and it allows students to learn and practice the basic concepts on those fields and their relationship. In this chapter they present the architecture and basic features of the platform and the experiences collected during the use of it.
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Background

The information and communication technologies have been put into practice in recent years in the field of control systems teaching, with successful results, as (Dormido, 2004) shows. These technologies allow us to implement both virtual laboratories that simulate the behavior of some devices, and remote laboratories that permit us to use the real equipments available in the laboratory in a remote way.

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