An Integrated e-Learning Solution for Control Systems Education and Future Perspectives

Vasilis Tsoulkas (Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), Ministry of Citizen Protection, Greece); Athanasios A Pantelous (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (Great Britain)); Leonidas Dritsas (Hellenic Air Force Academy, Greece); Christos I Papachristos (National Technical University of Athens & Hellas Sat, Greece)

Technical characteristics of an innovative prototype e-learning platform using satellite communications for control theory courses are exposed. A detailed account of all necessary tools and mechanisms is presented enabling real time text, and audio/video based communication between tutors and learners. The provided end-user driven services include: a virtual classroom, offline operation, sharing of applications, private/public chatting, audio/video streaming. In addition a concise description of the pilot network architecture depending on the DVB-RCS standard is presented justifying further the choice of the communications platform. Simulation results concerning the teaching of fundamental issues in Networked Control Theory within the proposed architecture are provided. Connections with hybrid configurations such as wireless terrestrial broadband technologies (DVB-RCS/ WiMAX, DVB-RCS/Wi-Fi) are further analyzed and justified. Finally some conclusive anticipated directions related to the future of modern control courses education in connection with state of art technological advances are explored.

Journal: International Journal of Simulation- Systems, Science and Technology- IJSSST V12

Published: Feb 28, 2011

DOI: 10.5013/IJSSST.a.12.01.02