USING TECHNOLOGY TO MEASURE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS IN A PHYSICS ROBOTIC LABORATORY: A STATE-OF-THE-ART
Throughout history, the physical phenomena have been easily analyzed through special measuring mechanisms. These mechanisms allow the scientists to observe units of quantities like heat, speed, gravity, etc, in depth. Most of them are very difficult to be sensed by naked eye, since they are invisible to the naked eye (e.g. heat or gravity).
Since early 1990’s, we have been engaged in introducing new technologies to overcome several of the limitations that are usually shown, and developing associated high-performance measuring systems. A central feature of our approaches is that they integrate principles from optics, signal processing, electronics, computer and natural vision, computer algorithms and mechanical design, to harness their combined strengths. The integration leads to capabilities often infeasible to achieve within the current state of the art in the individual disciplines. Such approaches have formed the new field of high-performance measuring systems, which has attracted a large number of researchers in academia and industry worldwide since late 1990’s.
Nowadays, high-end technological means provide many features that can be proved extremely helpful in terms of enhancing the research procedure in a robotic laboratory. A modern robotic laboratory should be equipped according to the variables that need to be examined. In our case, in which physical experiments are executed, the robotic laboratory must be equipped with special cameras and sensors, in order to achieve high definition computer vision, maximum analysis precision and be able to record accurate and reliable results.
In this paper, firstly we present some measuring systems that are widely used and have been manufactured for both commercial and scientific purposes. Afterwards, we analyze the robotic laboratory equipment that is necessary for the observation of the experimental process and the experimental results. Finally, we provide the conclusions of this research and we report the future work that needs to be developed.