A Realistic Intelligent Multimedia Virtual Laboratory for Power Engineering

Ning Gong, Brian Butz, Li Bai, Saroj Biswas
2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Saroj Biswas is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University specializing in electrical machines and power systems, multimedia tutoring, and control and optimization of dynamic systems. He has been the principle investigator of a project for the development of an intelligent tutoring shell that allows instructors create their own web-based tutoring system. His current research focuses on security of cyber-physical systems based on multiagent framework with
more » ... rk with applications to the power grid, and the integration of an intelligent virtual laboratory environment in curriculum. He is an associate editor of Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems: Series B, and is a member of IEEE, ASEE, and Sigma Xi. Abstract Laboratory works and exercises play an important role in learning and increasing students' understanding of basic concepts in engineering. Although a laboratory practicum is often considered a key component of engineering education, a hands-on approach is often ignored for courses involving electrical machines for various reasons, such as safety, expense, and lack of qualified teaching assistants. In this paper, we present the on-going development of a realistic software environment which simulates an electrical machines laboratory. This virtual laboratory 1 can be used by students as a safe test bed or a pre-laboratory for gaining experience before they encounter machines in a real laboratory. As a proof of concept, this project develops a virtual laboratory for DC machines with several virtual experiments for motors and generators. Machine concepts are summarized using text, 2D and 3D graphics as well as multimedia animation. An animated graphical users interface (GUI) plays an important role in this system as it enables students to review and retain basic concepts and builds a bridge from the virtual to the real laboratory. The laboratory system can be accessed through the Internet, and as a scalable web application of popular mobile devices.
doi:10.18260/1-2--19989 fatcat:exkbdbyyyngz7b7hmu5iac5ype