Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Don Cripps

Abstract

The collection of experimental results in power electronic research requires the coordination of a wide variety of laboratory instrument. Depending on the type of results required, each data point can take a few minutes to collect. This process becomes time consuming when a large number of data points is needed and detracts from long-term research objectives. While there are industry standards that specify communication with these devices, many equipment vendors elect not to follow the standards and use their own protocols for communication. This project provides a framework for developing a smart and connected lab. This includes hardware and software for interacting with all lab instruments while still being simple enough to learn quickly. With minimal training, students can create graphical user interfaces and automation scripts that will greatly simplify interacting with research projects.

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