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Remote and virtual tools in engineering

Dr.-Ing. Prof. h. c. Karsten Henke
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One of the aims of the international Tempus project 530278-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-DE-TEMPUS-JPHES “Industrial Cooperation and Creative Engineering Education based on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation” [ICo-op] ( is to increase university enterprise collaboration. As basis for such collaboration by the Integrated Communication Systems Group at the Ilmenau University of Technology the hybrid interactive online laboratory GOLDi (Grid of Online Lab Devices Ilmenau, was provided, which gives the students the possibility to work on real physical systems without the need to stand in line at a lab or the need to take care of opening hours.
The range of functionality of laboratory is very wide and can be applied in different fields of technics. This was proved by the colleagues in Zaporizhzhya National Technical University who recommend the usage of the GOLDi for design of the embedded systems, for intellectual controller systems design and for the processes of verification of the embedded systems.
Developed courses allow the university to find new partners and we hope they made sustainable partnerships with such enterprise as Motor Sich, Ukrtelecom and others. During the first pilot teaching near 40 representatives from different enterprises of the region had an opportunity to work with the laboratory and improve their skills. This allows spreading the ideas of the long life learning approach in Ukraine and we hope it will help to make new basis for further sustainable collaboration.
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