LILA – Virtual Laboratories for Natural Sciences and Engineering

In this project virtual laboratories and remote experiments (i.e. simulated experiments and experiments which are controlled remotely by computers) spread out over Europe are combined for the first time. They are reachable in an environment with central retrieval and access facilitating synchronous collaboration and user generated production. The “Library of Labs” is a unique access to virtual laboratories, remote experiments, transfer services, know-how transfer and opportunities for cooperation open to all European countries. This is especially of benefit to those countries and institutions that don’t have the financial capacities to develop virtual laboratories or to set up remote experiments themselves.

The RSTI-UPM group integrated a Shibboleth-based federated identity management system among different European universities in order to create a Library of Labs: a portal which grants the access to virtual labs and remote experiments from different universities in Europe.