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13th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation
Madrid, Spain, 24-26 February 2016

Michael E. Auer, Austria (General Chair)

Manuel Castro and Edmundo Tovar, Spain (Co-Chairs)

Thirteenth International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation jointly organized by National Distance Education University (UNED), Spain, International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE) and Global Online Laboratory Consortium (GOLC). The event was supported by IEEE Education Society, UPM, Madrid Convention Bureau, and Carinthia Tech Institute. The hosting organization UNED has the largest student population in Spain and is one of the largest universities in Europe.

This three days conference includes three keynote speakers, five invited presentations, three workshops, 94 technical papers. These were scheduled in three keynote, and parallel three oral and one poster sessions over the three days of the conference. The keynote presentation included:

  • Remote Labs: 360 Degrees View by Javier García-Zubía, University of Deusto, Spain.
  • Remote Experimentation from Research to Education: A European Roadmap by Johann M. Marquez-Barja, Trinity College, Ireland.
  • Flipping the Classroom, the Laboratory and Social Media to Scaffold Engineering Design Instruction for First Year Engineering Students by Russ Meier, MSoE, USA.

The conference attracted 129 participants from 31 countries. All submissions were put through a rigorous peer review process. During the conference a number of awards were presented. These include best paper award, best student paper award, best demonstration awards (platform and experiment), honorable mention demonstrations (platform and experiment), and GOLC Online Laboratory Awards (visualized, simulated, and remote controlled). The outstanding paper award for iJOE2015 was also presented during the conference.

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Workshop: Remote Laboratories- Learning from Successful Initiatives
Host Event: ASEE Annual Conference 2016, New Orleans, US – June 26, 2016

Sponsor: Global Online Laboratory Consortium (GOLC)

Organizers: Abul Azad, President, GOLC and Michael Auer, Secretary General, GOLC and Founding President and CEO, IAOE

Theme: With the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) there is a tremendous interest toward Internet accessible remote laboratories. Researchers have been working on remote laboratories for a considerable period of time and are making remarkable breakthrough utilizing emerging technologies and current understanding of learning strategies. This three hour long workshop provided an idea about the extent of remote laboratory developments and their use around the globe.

Program: There were five presenters including the two organizers. The organizers starts with a short background of remote laboratories and role of GOLC in promoting the area. Then Danilo Garbi Zutin, (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria) discussed about the remote laboratory technologies and their implementations. This was followed by Alfred Breznik’s presentation (EMONA Instruments Ltd, Australia) on Remote Laboratories for analog & digital circuits and telecommunications. Along with a brief presentation Alfred provided a demo and participant activities. Finally, Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse, (Stanford University, US) presented interactive biology experiments into online education.