Intelligent student assessment and coaching interface to web-based education-oriented intelligent experimentation on robot supported laboratory set-ups

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2003




This thesis presents a framework for an intelligent interface for the access of robotsupported remote laboratories through the Internet. The framework is composed of the student assessment and coaching system, the experimentation scenario, and the associated graphical user interface. Student assessment and coaching system is the main feature of a successful intelligent interface for use during remote experimentation with a robot-supported laboratory setup. The system has a modular structure employing artificial neural networks and a fuzzy-rule based decision process to model the student behaviour, to evaluate the performance and to coach him or her towards a better achievement of the tasks to be done during the experimentation. With an experimentation scenario designed and a graphical user interface, the system is applied to a robotic system that is connected to the Internet for the evaluation of the proposed framework. Illustrative examples for the operation of the each module in the system in the context of the application are given and sensitivity analysis of the system to the change in parameters is also done. The framework is then applied to a mobile robot control laboratory. The user interface and the experimentation scenario is developed for the application, and necessary modifications are made to the student assessment and coaching system in order to support the experiment.