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By Rainer Bartz, S. Engell, Chr Schmid, H. Roth, N. Becker and H. M. Schaedel


While control engineering is taught since decades in nearly all engineering programs, most control engineering courses classically divide the overall task into small subtasks. These subtasks can be prepared and solved independently and thus avoid to put too much complexity into each single step. Though this is smart and in many cases necessary as well, there is always the immanent risk of not considering the overall dependencies and thus missing the final goal. A group of universities funded by the German State of Northrhine-Westfalia has been established, with the goal to use advanced Internet and multimedia technologies to support projectoriented learning. In such an environment students have to solve real-world control engineering problems. Depending on a guidance level, they will not only have to solve individual subtasks but also will have to decide on the selection and sequence of those subtasks in order to reach the goal of the projects. State-of-the-art technology like MATLAB, LabView, VRML tools, web cameras, and others will be applied to provide an optimum information transfer to the student and support to prepare, conduct, and analyze the individual experiments, which range from simulation to real physical process models

Year: 2009
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