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The MIT iLabs Project


iLabs is dedicated to the proposition that online laboratories - real laboratories accessed through the Internet - can enrich science and engineering education by greatly expanding the range of experiments that students are exposed to in the course of their education. Unlike conventional laboratories, iLabs can be shared across a university or across the world.  The iLabs vision is to share expensive equipment and educational materials associated with lab experiments as broadly as possible within higher education and beyond.

Based on the experiences of the different iLab development teams, The iLabs Project is developing a suite of software tools that makes it efficient to bring online complex laboratory experiments, and provides the infrastructure for user management. The iLabs Shared Architecture has the following design goals:

  • Minimize development and management effort for users and providers of remote labs.
  • Provide a common set of services and development tools.
  • Scale to large numbers of users worldwide.
  • Allow multiple universities with diverse network infrastructures to share remote labs.


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Microelectronics Device Characterization
Measure the DC current-voltage characteristics of microelectronics devices such as diodes and transistors.
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Dynamic Signal Analyzer
Obtain the transfer function of electronic circuits such as filters, amplifiers and control systems in the frequency domain.
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National Instruments ELVIS
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Polymer Crystalization
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ShakeTable
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Heat Exchanger
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TeachSpin
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