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Interactive control education with virtual presence on the Web

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Apkarian, J. ; Quanser Consulting Inc., Hamilton, Ont., Canada ; Dawes, A.

The recent technological advances in the Internet have enabled a multitude of applications to operate via the World Wide Web (WWW). One area that has been explored is the use of the WWW as a teaching medium. To this end various institutions are offering online courses which student from all over the world could subscribe to and attend. For a full review on this area as applied to control engineering, the reader is referred to the paper by Poindexter and Heck (1999). This paper describes a new technology that uses the web to teach feedback control interactively via the WWW. We describe a helicopter model located remotely with which a user can interactively modify a controller and evaluate performance using a web page. Furthermore, in order to visually observe system response in a dynamic fashion, a 3-DOF VRML model is animated using real data streaming back from the actual system

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American Control Conference, 2000. Proceedings of the 2000  (Volume:6 )

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