Western University Computer ScienceWestern Science

    CANARIE Funding

    Mike Bauer

    CANARIE has approved funding of $652,000 for the Network Enabled Platform project: “Research and Educational Activities using Laboratory Mechatronics (REALM)”, with Michael Bauer as the Principal Investigator. The objective of REALM is to exploit and generalize previous work done in the Science Studio project so that it can be used by a wide range of researchers to observe, control and collect data from remote experiments in environments that are not easily accessible by reason of distance or danger. The Science Studio project developed web-based platforms to provide remote real-time access for scientists to major research tools at, x-ray beam lines at the Canadian Light Source, in particular. REALM will look to provide tools to overcome these impediments to research, by initially focusing on means to enhance the experiences of students in early levels of learning about science. Because of funding, safety rules and student numbers it is increasingly difficult to conduct “live” experiments. One solution to this is the use of robotic equipment to carry out some or all parts of the research or the teaching. As a first stage in the development of remote access to teaching experiments, we propose to begin by providing remote training of the mechatronic components of robotic devices for engineering students in universities and colleges across Canada. The generalized software produced in the REALM project would be transferred to CANARIE’s depository for use by other researchers where it could be used adapted for remote access to other devices.