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UPM Virtual Labs

These are the virtual labs developed at this time

Virtual Laboratories

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Agroforestry Biotechnology
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Agroforestry Biotechnology

academic responsible

Jaime Ramírez Rodríguez | Marta Berrocal | Mariano Rico Almódovar | Angélica de Antonio Jiménez

The Biotechnology Agroforestal Virtual Laboratory consists of a building where students can find the instrumental and necessary for practice in the area of biotechnology Agroforestal material.

The need to develop a virtual environment for this type of laboratory is based on three fundamental reasons: the cost, the actual time required for execution, and the potential risk for students would perform some of these practices in a real laboratory.

The Biotechnology Agroforestal Virtual Laboratory allows the execution of virtual practice impossible to perform in person, also contributing to the interaction between students during execution.

The virtual practice allows reinforce concepts learned by students in the classroom. In a 3DL environment you can accelerate as much as desired, a biochemical reaction or a test laboratory and plant growth system either a tree or a herbaceous plant, this time can vary from several days to several months; and the time required to perform the practice that is currently underway is estimated at a total of two years at a cost of approximately between 15,000-25,000 euros per pupil, in which plants (poplar) grow long in three months, while in a virtual environment that can be performed in less than an hour with virtually no cost.

The laboratory has been built thanks to the work done since 2010 by teachers of Group of Educational Innovation for implantation in the Virtual Classroom practices in the field of Agro-Forestry UPMBelonging to the Department of Biotechnology of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems ETS, Department of Computer Languages ​​and Systems of the ETS Computer Engineering and Systems Department and Natural Resources of the ETS Mountains, Forestry and Natural Environment, coordinated by Marta Berrocal Lobo, professor of the ETSI Mountains, Forestry and Natural Environment. The technical project was coordinated by Jaime Ramirez Rodriguez, associate professor and professor of Decoroso Crespo Laboratory of Computer Engineers ETS; technical advisers: Mariano Rico Almódovar, Juan de la Cierva researcher and Angelica de Antonio Jimenez, director of Decoroso Crespo Laboratory and professor at the Computer Engineering ETS; Analyst: Diego Riofrío Luzcando; and programmers: Daniel Fernández Avilés, Diego Alberto Roque Gamarra and Dotor Jara.

Since the academic year 2012-2013 the laboratory is being used in the classrooms of the ETSI Mountain, Forestry and Natural Environment

Practice Description

The virtual practice of the Biotechnology Virtual Laboratory simulates a computer game, which is divided into phases, each of which must be overcome in order to move to the next phase. The student-avatar only pass this phase after learning different theoretical concepts and practical part perform adequately.

The aim of the practice is to study the function of a gene encoding a responsibility to protect a poplar against the attack of certain protein plant pathogenic fungi. To do this, the student-avatar learns to micropropagate a poplar tree to work with him in the lab and transform it to study the function of this protein. To do so will have all the typical material laboratory Agroforestal Biotechnology, including both machinery and all instruments necessary laboratory from a laminar flow hood or visitable chamber controlled plant growth to micropipettes, beakers, tubing, ice trays, ovens, autoclaves and of course virtual plant material growth. The avatar in addition to provide a guide of foundations and other laboratory protocols where you can view, whenever you want, the theoretical basis of practice or steps at all times. In parallel the laboratory incorporates the help of a tutor accompanying the avatar at all times helping make practice.

Recipients 

This laboratory has been tested since 2012, with students from Bachelor Degree in Forestry and Ing. Natural Environment enrolled in the course "Biochemistry and Biotechnology" core subject and mandatory 5 ECTS in the ETSI Mountains UPM.

Access

After creating an avatar, you can enter the gridUPM through a viewer and access the laboratory by one of the following options:

  1. Tele-transported using the map: Press Ctrl + M to open the map.
  2. Write "Biotecnología" on the right side (within the section found on the map) and press find.
  3. Click on the "Teleport" button at the bottom of the window.

For more information on how to access the lab press here.

 

Video Demonstration Agroforestry Biotechnology Virtual World

 

Video Agroforestal Biotechnology Laboratory

 
Biology
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Biology

academic responsible

Sara Mira | Juan B. Martínez Laborde

The UPM Biology Virtual Laboratory is a 3D virtual environment that allows to develop labs in Biology area. The virtual learning environment allows you to remotely work with usual microscopy and histology protocols used in laboratories, through interaction with 3D replicas of laboratory instruments such as optical microscope or the microscope.

The UPM Biology Virtual Laboratory is a teaching supplement that allows students to acquire practical skills that due to time constraints or danger of managed materials can not be developed in a laboratory classroom. The face realization of histological tissue preparations for observation under the microscope is not available to most students because of the actual time required for the execution of laboratory protocols and the potential risk posed by the use of some chemicals used in histology.

The use of the virtual laboratory also reinforce concepts acquired by students during the execution of practicals, delving into issues such as the use of the optical microscope or the observation of histological preparations, no time limit, anywhere with internet access at any time .

Description of laboratory and practice

The UPM Biology Virtual Laboratory has two different areas, where they perform various laboratory practices. Each practice can be done independently. To do this, simply enter the corresponding laboratory:

  • Histology Laboratory, where you can perform the "Practice obtaining histological preparations".
    • The objetive of this practice is that students know the basic methodology for obtaining histological preparations of onion root for microscopic observation of cells in mitosis.
    • Activity: The laboratory has a specific number of jobs. The avatar must be placed in a job and follow the steps of the protocol that appear in the virtual environment. It consists of a series of practical actions that will allow obtaining preparations from root tips of onion. The practice is deemed made ​​by obtaining histological preparation.
  • Microscopy Laboratory, where you can perform the "Practice observation histological preparations".
    • The objetive of this practice is that students know the basic operation of an optical microscope, and are able to recognize microscopically different stages of mitosis or cell division in plant cells of onion root tips.
    • Activity: The laboratory has a specific number of jobs under a microscope. The avatar must be placed in a job and follow the steps of the protocol that appear in the virtual environment. The laboratory includes a tutorial for identifying the basic parts of the optical microscope and their functions. It consists of a series of practical actions that will allow the observation of different histological preparations whit onion root optical microscope and, following the instructions provided in the virtual environment, respond to associated identification quizes of the different phases of mitosis.

Tutorial Laboratorio Virtual de Biologia.pdf

Expected results

Working in UPM Biology Virtual Lab allow students to expand their knowledge of protocols for obtaining and staining of histological preparations, optical microscope management and identification of the different phases of mitosis.

The student, once developed the practice should be able to:

  • Knowing the general methodology for obtaining histological preparations of plant tissues.
  • Know the basic operation of an optical microscope, identifying its different parts and function.
  • Identify the different phases of mitosis in plant cells.

Recipients

The UPM Biology Virtual Laboratory is initially aimed at teachers and first year students of the UPM E.T.S.I. Agrónomos and E.U.I.T. Agrícolas. The ultimate intention is to offer this resource to anyone interested in the area of ​​biology that has Internet access.

Access to the laboratory

To access the laboratory click on the icon "Destination" located on the left side of screen:

Within the list of destinations click on the image of the laboratory "Biology" and confirmation window click on "Teleport".

Video Demonstration Virtual World Biology Laboratory

 
Chemical Experimentation
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Chemical Experimentation

academic responsible

Rosario Torralba | Sara García

The priority line of action of this project is the development of new learning methodologies and evaluation through the development of new teaching materials and the use of new technologies.

Chemical experimentation laboratory has three buildings:

General Laboratory (green building) in it, the visitor has tables with computers that allow access to various audiovisual materials including videos chemistry practices, which are held in different degrees, and "quimitrivial-UPM". In the central part of this building a laboratory that can perform basic operations and simple experiments related to chemistry lies.

In the other two buildings, preparation module (orange building) and module Instrumentation (blue building), students play a real process for the simultaneous determination of toxic elements (arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd ), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu) and lead (Pb)) in a sample of contaminated soil, by mineralization thereof in microwave (MW) and subsequent analysis by atomic emission spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma ( ICP-AES).

 
Electronics "eLab3D"
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Electronics "eLab3D"

academic responsible

Sergio López | Antonio Carpeño | Jesús Arriaga

Lab Authors

Sergio López, Antonio Carpeño (Departamento de Ingeniería Telemática y Electrónica, E. T. S. I. Sistemas de Telecomunicación)


With the use of remote laboratory eLab-3D is achieved that the same activities are conducted in a laboratory classroom can be made real and remotely from anywhere with Internet access and at any time. With proper design practices to realize you can get a next learning that can be acquired in a classroom laboratory with regard to the handling of laboratory instruments (power supply, function generator, multimeter and oscilloscope), configuration different electronic circuits and perform measurements on them to check their operation.

This remote laboratory is a teaching supplement that allows students to acquire many of the practical skills that are achieved in a laboratory classroom in the area of ​​analog electronics. The student has available a replica of the instruments that are used in the laboratory and a set of analog circuits with which you can interact realistically making configuration changes and measures to check the operation of these circuits.

Recipients

Laboratory use eLab3D is initially aimed at students and teachers of the UPM but also has been used by students and teachers of secondary and professional education industry. The ultimate intention is to offer this resource to anyone interested in the area of ​​electronics that has access to Internet

Practices will find

The student can check the actual operation of several basic analog circuits. Student activity will focus on the correct configuration of the components of each circuit to operate according to the specifications provided. On the circuit, suitably configured, it can be made a series of electrical measurements that will test them under different conditions.

Access to the laboratory

Once you have accessed the gridUPM through a viewer:

  1. Tele-transported using the map: Press Ctrl + M to open the map.
  2. Write "elab3d" on the right side (within the section found on the map) and press find.
  3. Click on the "Teleport" button at the bottom of the window.

For more information on how to access the lab press aquí.

Video UPM Electronics Laboratory [March 2012]

 
Forest pathology
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Forest pathology

academic responsible

José Alfonso Domínguez Núñez

This laboratory practice covered in principle on identification of forest damage for laboratory identification of forest diseases, from educational footage and simulation of isolation and identification of pathogenic fungi from damaged plant samples.

In the future this laboratory may collect other practices such as:

  • Practice in field sampling.
  • Practice in isolation of pathogenic fungi and mycorrhizal.
  • Practice in handling and application of phytosanitary treatments in the field; simulating long-term effects.
  • Practice in sustainable management of forest diseases in field.
  • Inoculation of fungi in healthy plant material. Evaluation of the effect of fungi inoculated in healthy plants.
  • Application Practice inoculants for the induction of resistance or biocontrol (possible coordination with the Agroforestry Biotechnology laboratory).
  • Practice in identifying wood damage.
  • Practice in implementation of preventive and curative treatments in wood.
 
Materials Science and Engineering
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Materials Science and Engineering

academic responsible

José Ygnacio Pastor Caño

The Science and Engineering Materials Virtual Laboratory consists of a determined and adjustable jobs that allow the user, by following a series of screens, complete several quizes: the first related to measurements (mass and length) of geometric objects randomly generated, the second related to the theory of errors and the third electrical measurements.

Description of practical

Virtual practices seek to emulate physical practices carried out in the laboratories of materials science, allowing students to perform simulated virtually.

The expected results are strengthening practical and theoretical concepts related to the subject of physics (measuring length and mass application of the Theory of Errors and electrical measurements) and teach the proper use of the various equipment and tools of the laboratories, such as the scale, the scale, size and multimeter.

Recipients

The practices are initially aimed at students of ETSI Roads, Channels and Ports (September 1 to October 31 and January 15 to April 31), outside those dates the laboratory will be open to any user on the network .

Access to the laboratory

Once you have accessed the gridUPM through a viewer:

  1. Tele-transported using the map: Press Ctrl + M to open the map.
  2. Write " materials " on the right side (within the section found on the map) and press find.
  3. Click on the "Teleport" button at the bottom of the window.

For more information on how to access the lab press here.

 

Video Demonstration Materials Laboratory

 
Organic chemistry
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Organic chemistry

academic responsible

Pilar García Armada

The practice consists in determining functional groups in organic compounds.

First, students must prepare reagents to be used in practice. It must be taken from a store, despite adequate amounts and dissolve.

Once prepared go to the laboratory perform all the steps of a scheme complete analysis for various known compounds (with known functional groups) so they can check the different tests that appear in the script of practice.

Finally they are given two or three unknown compounds and will have to follow the same analysis pattern and determine the functional groups of the test samples.

 
Physical
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Physical

academic responsible

Consuelo Fernández Jiménez

The physics laboratory is fully developed in a virtual 3D environment. It has opted for a modular design, grouping the activities related to a particular physical concept called learning modules. Each module consists of theoretical activities, practical and self-assessment. Thus, the student, with his avatar, a journey through the different rooms of the laboratory conducting activities to help you understand the concept being developed. This organization of material offers the advantage of allowing laboratory orderly growth by incorporating new practices or learning modules. In order to highlight the potential of the platform, as the first practice has been chosen the gyroscopic effect. Within the "stage" of virtual physics lab, students will tour the different elements of the module for that concept learning. There is a first room with a virtual screen in which the basic theoretical concepts that explain the movement of a gyroscope are projected. Students can also watch a video about the operation of a real laboratory gyroscope. Then go to another room where there are several tops with different geometry on which can represent and manipulate the various parameters that affect this movement. By pressing a series of buttons magnitudes students choose what to display, launches the spinning top and observe the movement, the change in the magnitude and direction of vectors. Finally, using the principles of this gyroscopic effect, you should get a helicopter describe certain routes previously established by us or by themselves, allowing in future competitions among students. It is important to note that there are self-assessment questionnaires for each of these activities with different format and level of difficulty.

Physics Virtual Laboratory Manual

Video Demonstration Virtual World Physics Laboratory

 
Regulation and Control
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Regulation and Control

academic responsible

Antonio Barrientos | Enrique Pinto

The practices developed in the virtual laboratory of Regulation and Control, are intended to be exercised in the modeling, identification and control of physical systems, allowing, depending on configuration, development of exercises on simple systems (linear systems, monovariable first or second order) and (nonlinear, multivariable or higher order) more complex systems. The laboratory currently available 1 servo control systems based on an axis, its future enlargement being provided to other types of physical systems.

The axis servo control system aims to control the position of a horizontal rod driven by a motor and equipped with the necessary tools to provide feedback and control its position, seeking to achieve the appropriate requirements of accuracy, speed of response and limited swing. The system allows modification of parameters during the practice thereof as the spring constant and linking rod engine, the viscous friction of the rod with air or inertia thereof. This way you can substantially change behavior, resulting in different situations ranging from unstable system until stable over or under-damped. Changing the parameter values, you can also change the order of the system. The parameters can be freely varied by the student or, in certain cases, be varied by the control system of practice without the new values ​​are released to the student. This will be done both practices on modeling and system identification. It also includes the possibility of submitting the system to sinusoidal inputs variable frequency, allowing the development of modeling and identification practices in the frequency domain.

Currently it is under development a second system that responds to a set of coupled by valves and pumps, in which the interconnections can be opened or closed in the configuration phase of practice, giving rise to physical systems of different order tanks . The section of one of the tanks is, some heights thereof, not constant, allowing increased system nonlinearity when working at these operating points.

In both systems the educational objectives cover topics of modeling, identification and control, common in basic and advanced courses in Automatic Control, Control Engineering and System Dynamics. The versatility of the system configuration intended that these should be controlled with basic techniques such as PID loops for SISO systems or with more advanced control in the state space techniques.

Recipients

3rd year students of the core course (600 students) Automatic Fundamentals of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers UPM

out of the dates that is used by these students, the lab will be open to any user on the network.

Access to the laboratory

Once you have accessed the gridUPM through a viewer:

  1. Tele-transported using the map: Press Ctrl + M to open the map.
  2. Write "automatica" on the right side (within the section found on the map) and press find.
  3. Click on the "Teleport" button at the bottom of the window.

For more information on how to access the lab press here.

FAQs Laboratorio

 
Remote Irrigation
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Remote Irrigation

academic responsible

Beatriz Recio Aguado

The irrigation control virtual laboratory is a virtual environment where several fields with corn and the resources needed to irrigate each of the fields are represented.

Practice Description

To carry out this practice, it is necessary that students assume the task of a farmer; ie taking into account the weather conditions, soil conditions, the growth state of the plant, the amount of water available for irrigation, and according to these factors can schedule irrigation on cultivation fashion optimal.

This table represents the different stages of corn growth. You can observe the measures of the heights, the growth rate per day and the duration of each phase.

Recipients

The practice is intended for students of the subject Irrigation Systems, Fourth Course and is optional linked to the orientation of Rural Engineering.

Open Lab

  • Practice manual and guide (pdf)

Video of the Remote Irrigation Virtual Laboratory

State Laboratory of Irrigation in March 2012

 
Simulator Pruning Fruit Trees
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Simulator Pruning Fruit Trees

academic responsible

María Gómez del Campo

Simulator that displays the vegetative response in a fruit tree growing pruning to various interventions.

The multimedia work "Fruit trees pruning Simulator" virtual reality displays formation pruning a fruit.

It consists of a tree in winter, drawn in 3D, with shoots and buds, which, according to the different cutting options executed by the students, the simulator has the appearance of the tree that will have the following season. It allows pruning cuts run for 3 years. Finally, the tree will look in the summer of the fourth year is displayed.

Within the region simulator pruning fruit are 12 plots for several students to do internships simultaneously.

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In each plot pruning is a panel that indicates which year is pruning and the result after making the cuts.

In order to start pruning it is necessary to approach a plot and take the scissors.

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Once collected scissors screen appears with the available actions.

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According to the decisions that are taking over the 3 years, the shape of the tree will be modified. It lets go back to the year earlier start pruning or pruning process since planting.

  • Expected results:

Simulator Fruit trees pruning allows students to acquire practical skills that, because of time and space, can not be developed; since the response to pruning means waiting a campaign of vegetative growth, and requires facilities with fruit in various stages of training.

The simulator allows to visualize concepts learned in lectures pruning, such as:

  • Observe the annual evolution of trees depending on the type of pruning done.
  • Evaluate the long-term effect of different pruning decisions.
  • Observe pruning decisions taken over the years are adequate to achieve desired tree shape, in size and available trunk branches
 
Testing of Solid-propellan ...
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Testing of Solid-propellant Rocket Engines

academic responsible

Juan Manuel Tizón Pulido

This Virtual Laboratory recreates testing solid propellant rocket engines by performing a number of tasks; Engine selection of a library, air conditioning (optional), installation on the test bench, connecting the ignition system, instrumentation measure sensors, and, finally, the launch of the trial. As a result of testing the temporal evolution of thrust and chamber pressure, whose analysis is obtained, can be obtained relevant data on the behavior of the various engine components among which are: the rate of abrasion of the throat nozzle, propellant ballistic behavior and evolution of combustion surface. It is also possible to verify the influence of ambient conditions (temperature and pressure) in the combustion characteristics of propellant (air conditioning) and aerodynamic response of the nozzle, estimating the thrust coefficient from its geometrical data.

In addition, consistent with the activities carried out in these centers is possible to recreate the testing of ballistic characteristics of the propellant in a Crawford pump, do chemical analysis and obtain combustion characteristics by using software available on the net.

 
Topography (TopLab)
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Topography (TopLab)

academic responsible

José Manuel Benito Oterino | Rosa Chueca Castedo

The " TopLab " Topographical Laboratory allows students to perform at any time just with an internet connection, several practices and topographic measurements, such as calculating a height difference between two points or observations with the total station, having at all times to follow protocols established for measurements in the real world and handling equipment.

These practices have a very broad scope within the UPM, as these exercises are performed by many students from various centers.

Acces

After creating an avatar, you can enter the gridUPM through a viewer and access the laboratory by one of the following options:

  1. Tele-transported using the map: Press Ctrl + M to open the map.
  2. Write " materials " on the right side (within the section found on the map) and press find.
  3. Click on the "Teleport" button at the bottom of the window.

For more information on how to access the lab press here.

 
UPM Tutorial Area
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UPM Tutorial Area

academic responsible

Equipo UPM[3DLabs]

Region formed by a series of connected rooms. During each room a series of tests will be performed to become familiar with the interface and the use of the viewer, accompanied with relevant explanations. For example, touching/moving objects, talking on the chat, camera movement ...

When performing each test, the doors of the rooms will open allowing passage to the next room.

Keep in mind that the tests are not mandatory, but highly recommended to learn to move in the environment more easily.

 

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