JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS (JCP)
ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 2    Issue : 2    Date : April 2007

An Integrated Educational Platform Implementing Real, Remote Lab-Experiments for Electrical
Engineering Courses
Dimitris Karadimas and Kostas Efstathiou
Page(s): 37-44
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Abstract
This paper describes an Internet-based laboratory, named Remote Monitored and Controlled
Laboratory (RMCLab) developed at University of Patras, Greece, for electrical engineering
experiments. The key feature of this remote laboratory is the utilization of real experiments, in terms
of instrumentation and under measurement circuits, rather than simulation or virtual reality
environment. RMCLab’s hardware infrastructure contains multiple reconfigurable sub-systems
(FPGAs), which can be enhanced by almost any analog expansion module. The main
characteristics of this system include the versatility of the hardware resources, due to the dynamic
reconfiguration potentiality and the low cost of the hardware components. Moreover, this system
enables its users to test, in real time, their own custom circuit designs. The paper concludes with a
specific example regarding an elementary circuit in digital electronics and a short statistical review
of the RMCLab educational usage. RMCLab can be accessed via the web through http://www.apel.
ee.upatras.gr/rmclab.

Index Terms
Client-server architecture, remote laboratory, distributed instrumentation and resources