The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering has recently developed a real-time Mechatronics, Controls and Robotics Laboratory to provide its undergraduate and graduate students a real-world, hands-on experience in modern DSP- and PC- based data acquisition and real-time control. The newly developed facility is equipped with DSP-based systems (e.g. dSPACE-DS1102, Siglab, etc.) and PC-based real-time control boards (Quanser’s MultiQ3). In addition, this new laboratory facility has numerous state-of-the-art experimental testbeds, such as:
The upgraded laboratory facilities are used primarily for undergraduate control laboratory and occasionally for senior design projects. In addition, controls-oriented graduate courses also use the laboratory equipment for design projects. The laboratory testbeds and the data acquisition and control environment are Internet ready and occasionally our undergraduate and graduate students conduct remote experimentation using these testbeds. In near future, we will test pilot a web-enabled, real-time control environment.