On March 24, we organized a scientific seminar on “AutomationShield: An Open-Source Hardware and Software Initiative for Control Engineering Education“. The scientific seminar was led by Ján Boldocký and Anna Vargová, both PhD students at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. The scientific seminar was organized in the framework of the FrontSeat project, as part of the seminar series on “Research Seminar on Smart Cybernetics”.

This seminar presents the AutomationShield open-source initiative and framework, which offers several compact and affordable devices suitable for take-home experiments in the education of future control engineers. Every device embodies a dynamic feedback system based on different physical phenomena. These devices are meant to be installed on Arduino or similar development boards with the Arduino R3 compatible mechanical and electronic layout. Besides the hardware, application programming interface and instructional examples in C/C++, MATLAB, and Simulink that come with the devices will be briefly introduced too. This interface serves hardware functions, so that the user may focus on creating embedded applications for automatic control. Hardware design and program codes are published under the open-source paradigm, and thus may be reproduced and built upon by anyone. We would like to also discuss the possible integration of the shields into the educational process and describe the experience and feedback gained so far.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon under grant no. 101079342 (Fostering Opportunities Towards Slovak Excellence in Advanced Control for Smart Industries).


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