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Teaching of software for control systems using handheld and laptop computers and simple robots


Hans Jakob Bosshard, I. Birrer, V. Cechticky, O. Rohlik, A.H. Glattfelder, W. Schaufelberger

International Symposium Ingenieurpädagogik, Fribourg, Switzerland

Control systems are composed of many parts that may have their own computers (real-time processing, control, visualization etc.). For the teaching of such systems, it is important to have small computer networks available. An easy way to get such computer networks is to link existing workstations, laptops and handheld computers together. Systems that are composed in this way reflect today’s industrial reality, where specialized computers in the field are connected to normal (Windows-) workstations in the control rooms. By adding simple robots controlled by the handheld computers or laptops, an interesting environment for students can be built at limited cost. Experiments that have been done with students are presented in the paper.


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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@InProceedings { BosEtal:2004:IFA_1939,
    author={Hans Jakob Bosshard and I. Birrer and V. Cechticky and O. Rohlik and A.H. Glattfelder and W. Schaufelberger},
    title={{Teaching of software for control systems using handheld and
	  laptop computers and simple robots}},
    booktitle={International Symposium Ingenieurp{\"a}dagogik},
    address={Fribourg, Switzerland},
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