COLLEGE OF SCIENCE,
ENGINEERING AND
TECHNOLOGY

Virtual and Remote Laboratory

Mission and goals

To develop new virtual and remote laboratory technologies for engineering education to benefit students in the world through integrated practice, education and research.

  1. Establish a state of the art virtual and remote laboratory.
  2. Let students to access remote experiments any time any place with Internet connection.

Director

Associate Professor
TECH 105 | (713) 313.7285
chenxm@tsu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Dr. Xuemin Chen
TECH 105
chenxm@tsu.edu
713-313-7285

Funding Sources

  1. “Hands-on Experiment via Internet – To Develop a Unified Remote Laboratory Framework for Cross Nation Engineering Education,” Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), 4th cycle of the national Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Award No. 4-892-2-335. Collaboration with University of Houston and Texas A&M University at Qatar, $153,761 out of $966,647, 1/15/2012 – 5/15/2016.
  2. “Collaborative Research: Developing Virtual and Remote Undergraduate Laboratory for Engineering Technology,” NSF CCLI Type 1, Award No. DUE-0942778. Collaboration with Prairie View A&M University, $100,000 out of a total of $200,000, 1/1/2010-12/31/2012.
  3. “Collaborative Research: Develop Next Generation Unified Framework for Remote Laboratory Experiments,” NSF IEECI, Award No. EEC-0935008. Collaboration with University of Houston, $49,970 out of a total of $199,328, 9/1/2009-8/31/2012.
  4. “Targeted Infusion Grant: Development of Virtual and Remote Laboratory for Engineering Technology Undergraduate Students,” NSF HBCU-UP, Award No. HRD-0928921. $149,941, 9/1/2009-5/31/2012.

Investigators

Associate Professor
TECH 105 | (713) 313.7285
chenxm@tsu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Students

QianlongLanQianlong Lan received the B.S. degree in network engineering from the Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, Shanghai, China, in 2013. He started the M.S. degree in computer science from the Texas Southern University (TSU) Houston, Texas, U.S, in August, 2014. Currently, he is a research assistant in the Department of Computer Science, Texas Southern University. His research interests include remote laboratory, network technology and remote controls, electrical control and embed system software design, cognitive learning, cloud computing and data mining. He published five conference papers in his two years study at Texas Southern University. He is the recipient of the COSET Research Enrichment Scholarship of the Texas Southern University research in 2016.

Research and Services

The Virtual and Remote Laboratory (VR-Lab) has equipped with state of the art facilities. It can perform research in virtual and remote experiments development for engineering and other disciplines. It can also perform theoretical research on information science and engineering.

Labs and Equipment

  • One HP ProLiant D360 G6 server
  • One HP ProLiant DL365 server
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960 24 Port Manageable Switch
  • HP Universal Rack
  • NI LabVIEW
  • Two HP Z230 workstations and six mainstream PCs
  • One Smart Vibration Platform and one PID motor control system
  • Two NI ELVIS
  • One NI ELVIS II

Journal Papers

    • N. Wang, X. Chen, Q. Lan, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “A Novel Wiki-Based Remote Laboratory Platform for Engineering Education,” regular paper, IEEE Transaction on Learning Technologies, accepted, to be published.
    • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “An Experiment Scheduler and Federated Authentication Solution for Remote Laboratory Access,” International Journal of Online Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 3, 20-26, 2015.
    • N. Wang, J. Weng, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Development of a Remote Shape Memory Alloy Experiment for Engineering Education,” Engineering Education Letters, Vol. 2015:2, 1-20, 2015.
    • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Using Node-HTTP-Proxy for Remote Experiment Data Transmission Traversing Firewall,” International Journal of Online Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 2, 60-67, 2015.
    • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “A Novel Real-time Video Transmission Approach for Remote Laboratory Development,” International Journal of Online Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 1, 4-9, 2015.
    • H. Dong, Z. Wang, X. Chen and H. Gao, “A Review on Analysis and Synthesis of Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Randomly Occurring Incomplete Information,” Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Volume 2012, Article ID 416358,15 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/416358.
    • D. Li, J. Zhou, J. Wang, X. Chen and Y. Pan, “Opinion Impact Model and Opinion Measurement Algorithm for Ad Hoc Social Network,” Advanced Science Letters, Vol. 10, No 1, 690-692, 2012.
    • L. Ma, Z. Wang, X. Chen, Z. Guo, “Sliding Mode Control for Nonlinear Networked Systems with Stochastic Communication Delays,” Journal of Control Theory and Application, Vol. 8, No. 1, 34-39, 2010.

Conference Papers

      • N. Wang, Q. Lan, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Develop a New Mobile-Optimized Remote Experiment Application for Mobile Learning,” Proceedings of 123nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Paper ID #15515, June 26-29, 2016.
      • C. Yao and X. Chen, “An Improved Design and Implementation of Layer 4 Network Load Balancing Switch,” in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC 2016), Mexico City, Mexico, April 28 – 30, 2016.
      • Q. Lan, N. Wang, J. Zhu, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Develop a Collaborative and Cooperative Remote Experiment,” ASCE Earth and Space 2016 Conference, Orlando, FL, April 11-15, 2016.
      • J. Zhu, Q. Lan, N. Wang, G. Song, X. Chen, and H. Parsaei, “Develop a Remote PID Motor Control Experiment for Engineering Technology Education – A Case Study,” ASCE Earth and Space 2016 Conference, Orlando, FL, April 11-15, 2016.
      • Q. Lan, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Developing Cross-platform Mobile Applications for Real-Time Remote Experiment,” in Proceedings of E-Learn 2015 – World Conference on E-Learning, pp. 1808-1815, Kona, Hawaii, October 19-22, 2015.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “A Scalable Remote Laboratory Based on a Unified Framework,” in Proceedings of E-Learn 2015 – World Conference on E-Learning, pp. 1908-1913, Kona, Hawaii, October 19-22, 2015.
      • N. Wang, M. Ho, Q. Lan, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Develop a Remote Laboratory at TAMUQ Based on a Novel Unified Framework,” in Proceedings of 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA, June 14 – 17, 2015.
      • Y. Liu, X. Wu and X. Chen, “A Scheme for Key Distribution in Wireless Sensor Network Based on Hierarchical Identity-Based Encryption,” in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC 2015), pp. 539-543, Taipei, Taiwan, April 9 – 12, 2015.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Develop a Scheduler and Federated Authentication for Remote Laboratory Access,” in Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2015), pp. 211-216, Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 25 – 28, 2015.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, M. Ho, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “A Novel Solution For Addressing Network Firewall Issues In Remote Laboratory Development,” Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference Proceedings: Vol. 1, ITPP0036., DOI: 10.5339/qfarc.2014.ITPP0036, Published online: 13 Nov 2014.
      • N. Wang, J. Weng, M. Ho, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Development of a Remote SMA Experiment – A Case Study,” Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference Proceedings: Vol. 1, ITPP0944. DOI: 10.5339/qfarc.2014.ITPP0944, Published online: 13 Nov 2014.
      • N. Wang, J. Weng, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Development of a Remote SMA Experiment – A Case Study,” Engineering Leaders Conference on Engineering Education, Doha, Qatar, Nov. 9 – 11, 2014.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Remote Experiment Development Using an Improved Unified Framework,” in Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2014, pp. 1848-1855, New Orleans, LA, Oct. 27 – 30, 2014.
      • C. Wang, X. Chen and W. Li, “Energy Efficient Distributed Kalman Filter for Wireless Sensor Networks,” IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC 2014), pp. 161-166, Miami, FL, April 6 – 9, 2014.
      • X. Chen, N. Wang, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “A Novel Real-Time Experiment Control Command and Data Transmission Solution for Remote Laboratory Development,” Book of Abstracts, pp. 215-216, Online EDUCA Berlin 2013, December 4 – 6, 2013, Berlin, Germany.
      • C. Wang, X. Chen and W. Li, “Aggregator Modeling with Multiple Active/Sleep Modes for Wireless Sensor Networks,” IEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 2-5, 2013.
      • X. Xiong, X. Chen and A. Ning, “Competitive Decision Algorithm for the Rooted Delay-constrained Minimum Spanning Tree,” International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering, Nanjing, China, August 24 – 25, 2013.
      • C. Wang, X. Chen, W. Li, “Aggregator Modeling with Multiple Active/Sleep Modes for Wireless Sensor Networks,” IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON), Poster and Demonstration Sessions of IEEE SECON 2013, New Orleans, LA. June 25, 2013.
      • S. Darayan, D. Olowokere, X. Chen, “Assessment and Curriculum Modification in Electronics Engineering Technology Program’” Proceedings of the Spring 2013 Mid-Atlantic Section Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, New York, April 2013.
      • X. Chen, C. Wang, and W. Li, “On the Design of Optimal Active/Sleep Scheme for Aggregator Node in Wireless Sensor Networks,” Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC 2013), Paris, France, April 10 – 12, 2013.
      • X. Chen, D. Osakue, N. Wang, H. Parsaei, and G. Song, “Development of Remote Experiment under Unified Remote Laboratory Framework,” Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering Education 2013, H.R. Parsaei and K.S. Warraich, eds., Doha, Qatar. http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2014.wcee2013.7, January 7 – 9, 2013.
      • D. Osakue, X. Chen, C. Wang, and O. Ahmed, “Develop a Cross Browser Compatible DSP Remote Laboratory with Zero Plug-in Installation,” in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, June 10 – 13, 2012.
      • B. Cao, G. Song, X. Chen and D. Osakue, “Platform Independent Interface for Remote Laboratory Experiments,” in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, June 10 – 13, 2012.
      • D. Osakue, X. Chen, O. Ahmed, S. Darayan, and D. Olowokere, “Virtual and Remote Laboratory Framework Development for Engineering Technology Education – A Case Study,” ASCE Earth and Space 2012, pp. 1211-1217, Pasadena, California, April 15-18, 2012.
      • S. Darayan, X. Chen, and D. Olowokere, “Developing New Courses in the Engineering Technology Curriculum Based on the Program Outcome Result,” ASCE Earth and Space 2012, pp. 1110-1117, Pasadena, California, April 15-18, 2012.
      • C. Omli, X. Chen, and G. Song, “A Framework for Developing Scalable Remote Experiment Laboratory,” Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) 16th Annual E-Learn Conference, In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (E-Learn 2011), pp. 2045-2050, Honolulu, Hawaii, October 18-21, 2011.
      • J. Guo, J. Fang and X. Chen, “Survey on Secure Data Aggregation for Wireless Sensor Networks,” in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, pp 138 – 143, Beijing, China, July 10-12, 2011.
      • X. Chen, L. Kehinde, Y. Zhang, S. Darayan, D. Olowokere, and D. Osakue, “Using Virtual and Remote Laboratory to Enhance Engineering Technology Education”, in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26 – 29, 2011.
      • C. Olmi, B. Cao, X. Chen and G. Song, “A Unified Framework for Remote Laboratory Experiments”, in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26 – 29, 2011.
      • Y. Zhang, L. Li and X. Chen “Virtual and Remote Functionality Development for Undergraduate Laboratory”, in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26 – 29, 2011.
      • Y. Zhang, X. Chen, and L. Kehinde, “Developing Digital/Analog Telecommunication Laboratory”, in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26 – 29, 2011.
      • X. Chen, C. Olmi, and G. Song, “A Remote Bridge Experiment with Vibration Control,” in Proceedings of International Symposium on Life-Cycle Performance of Bridges and Structures, pp. 844-849, Changsha, China, June 27 – 29, 2010.
      • X. Chen, Y. Zhang, L. Kehinde, and D. Olowokere, “Developing Virtual and Remote Undergraduate Laboratory for Engineering Technology,” in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, KY, June, 2010.
      • X. Chen, G. Song and Y. Zhang, “Virtual and Remote Laboratory Development: A Review,” in Proceedings of Earth and Space 2010, pp. 3843-3852, Honolulu, HI, March, 2010.
      • J. Chen, P. Li, X. Chen and G. Song, “Force Tracking Control of a Testing Device I: System Modeling and Identification,” in Proceedings of Earth and Space 2010, pp. 3753-3763, Honolulu, HI, March, 2010.
      • J. Chen, P. Li, X. Chen and G. Song, “Force Tracking Control of a Testing Device II: Controller Implementation,” in Proceedings of Earth and Space 2010, pp. 3764-3774, Honolulu, HI, March, 2010.
      • S. Darayan, D. Olowokere, and X. Chen, “Utilizing Program Outcomes in the Modification of Engineering Technology Curriculum,” in Proceedings of Earth and Space 2010, pp. 3833-3842, Honolulu, HI, March, 2010.
      • X. Chen, L. Jiang, S. Darayan, L. Kehinde and D. Olowokere, “Technologies for Development of Virtual and Remote Laboratories – A Case Study,” in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX, June, 2009.
      • O. Akinwale, L. O. Kehinde, A. M. Jubril, K. Ayodele, O. P. Jonah, X. Chen, D. Olowokere, “A LabVIEW Based On-Line Robotic Arm Students’ Laboratory,” in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX, June, 2009.
      • X. Chen, D. Olowokere and G. Thomas, “Teaching Java – Object First with BlueJ”, in Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, June, 2008.

Conference Presentations

      • Q. Lan, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Developing Cross-platform Mobile Applications for Real-Time Remote Experiment,” E-Learn 2015 – World Conference on E-Learning, Kona, Hawaii, October 20, 2015.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Develop a Scheduler and Federated Authentication for Remote Laboratory Access,” 12th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2015), pp. 211-216, Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 27, 2015.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, M. Ho, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “A Novel Solution For Addressing Network Firewall Issues In Remote Laboratory Development,” Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, 18 Nov 2014.
      • N. Wang, J. Weng, M. Ho, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Development of a Remote SMA Experiment – A Case Study,” Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, 18 Nov 2014.
      • N. Wang, J. Weng, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Development of a Remote SMA Experiment – A Case Study,” Engineering Leaders Conference on Engineering Education, Doha, Qatar, Nov. 11, 2014.
      • N. Wang, X. Chen, G. Song, and H. Parsaei, “Remote Experiment Development Using an Improved Unified Framework,” in Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2014, pp. 1848-1855, New Orleans, LA, Oct. 29, 2014.
      • X. Chen, “Energy Efficient Distributed Kalman Filter for Wireless Sensor Networks,” 11th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (IEEE ICNSC 2014), Miami, FL., April 8, 2014.
      • X. Chen, “Aggregator Modeling with Multiple Active/Sleep Modes for Wireless Sensor Networks,” IEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 3, 2013.
      • X. Chen, “Development of Remote Experiment under Unified Remote Laboratory Framework,” World Congress on Engineering Education 2013, Doha, Qatar, January 8, 2013.
      • X. Chen, “Virtual and Remote Laboratory Framework Development for Engineering Technology Education – A Case Study,” ASCE Earth and Space 2012, Pasadena, California, April 16, 2012.
      • X. Chen, “A Framework for Developing Scalable Remote Experiment Laboratory,” Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) 16th Annual E-Learn Conference, World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (E-Learn 2011), Honolulu, Hawaii, October 20, 2011.
      • X. Chen, “Virtual and Remote Laboratory (VR-Lab) Overview,” NSF VR-Lab Project Faculty Workshop, Texas Southern University, August 15, 2011.
      • X. Chen, “Development and Evaluation of Virtual and Remote Experiments,” NSF VR-Lab Project Faculty Workshop, Texas Southern University, August 16, 2011.
      • X. Chen, “A Remote Bridge Experiment with Vibration Control,” in Proceedings of International Symposium on Life-Cycle Performance of Bridges and Structures, Changsha, China, June 28, 2010.
      • X. Chen, “How to Develop Remote Experiment – A Quick Start,” NSF sponsored workshop for Improve Undergraduate Engineering Teaching Using Emerging Technology, ASCE Earth and Space 2010 conference, Honolulu, March 14, 2010.
      • X. Chen, “How to Conduct Evaluation for Educational Projects Involving Emerging Technology,” NSF sponsored workshop for Improve Undergraduate Engineering Teaching Using Emerging Technology, ASCE Earth and Space 2010 conference, Honolulu, March 14, 2010.
      • X. Chen, G. Song and Y. Zhang, “Virtual and Remote Laboratory Development: A Review,” ASCE Earth and Space 2010 Conference, Honolulu, March, 2010.
      • X. Chen, “Technologies for Development of Virtual and Remote Laboratory,” ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2009.
      • X. Chen, “Weigh-in-Motion Sensors,” International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC), Sanya, China, April, 2008.
      • X. Chen, “Teaching Java with BlueJ – Objective First,” ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, June, 2008.
      • X. Chen, “Development of Virtual and Remotely Accessible Laboratory (VR-Lab),” TSU Research Week 2008, Texas Southern University, April, 2008.

Reports

      • Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Award No. 4-892-2-335, Period 1 to 6 and, Final technical report, Approved.
      • NSF IEECI project final report, November 30, 2012, Approved.
      • NSF HBCU-UP final project report, August 31, 2012, Approved.

Book chapters

L. Kehinde, X. Chen, K. Ayodele and O. Akinwale, “Developing Remote Labs for Challenged Educational Environments”, chapter 22 in Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories: Scalable E-Learning Tools for Engineering and Science Disciplines, IGI Global, Edited by Abul K. M. Azad, Michael E. Auer and V. Judson Harward, pp 432 – 452, 2011.

A research assistant position is available.