Design and Implementation of a Remote Laboratory Platform Using MATLAB Builder for NE

Colak I., IRMAK E., KABALCI E., Issi F.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION, vol.22, no.4, pp.617-629, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/cae.21553
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.617-629
  • Keywords: MATLAB builder for NE, virtual laboratory, real time analysis, electrical machines, DC MOTOR, WEB
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, a highly instructive and novel remote laboratory platform using up to date software and hardware units is designed to teach main concepts of Electrical Engineering with the help of web-based simulations and remote accessible experiments in real time. Interactive experimental applications for direct current (DC) motors and several electrical circuits are carried out in this study to test the efficiency of the system. First, mathematical model of each simulation is developed in MATLAB and then all models are transferred into .NET platform by means of MATLAB Builder for NE toolbox. A dynamic library for each model is also created using NE toolbox. Then, all libraries are embedded into an interactive web page designed in ASP.NET platform. Data transmission between the server and the real experimental set is established by a microprocessor via the USB port to achieve the experimental studies over the Internet in real time. While remote experiments are being performed, data obtained by the experimental set are simultaneously transferred to the MATLAB. Then, the system generates both graphical and numerical results about the current experiment and all results are sent to a user-friendly web interface to give users some feedback on the experiment.(c) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Comput Appl Eng Educ 22:617-629, 2014; View this article online at ; DOI