Applying a common framework to develop undergraduate control systems laboratory kits

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In the literature, there are many examples of control systems laboratory experiments and equipment. However, the information provided about these laboratories is not consistent. This paper applies a common framework for control systems laboratories to compare six existing low-cost laboratory kits for control systems and mechatronics. The framework contains learning objectives, components of a laboratory apparatus, and concepts for undergraduate control systems courses. It was developed based on a series of surveys of the control systems community. Additionally, a procedure is provided for how to apply the common framework for new laboratory developments and to improve consistency and ease of comparison of laboratories in the future. Due to diversity and differences between the disciplines that teach control systems, this procedure is provided as a guide rather than a prescriptive set of instructions. While using the procedures, instructors may select from the items on each list of the common framework to develop an effective laboratory experience for their students but are encouraged to explain the rationale for which items were selected when sharing their laboratory experience with other instructors. While previous literature has lacked the consistency of details, the goal of this paper is to show how this common framework can be applied in the future to increase understanding and transferability of control systems laboratories across institutions and disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2017 - Frontiers in Education, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059195
StatePublished - Dec 12 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2017Oct 21 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Control systems
  • Equipment
  • Instructional laboratory
  • Learning objectives
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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