A paper written by three researchers in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering – Prof. Lawrence.O. Kehinde, Dr. Kayode.P. Ayodele, and Dr. Isaac.A. Inyang – has been adjudged one of the three outstanding papers published by the IEEE Transactions in Education in calendar year 2015. The paper, titled “An iLab for Teaching Advanced Logic Concepts with Hardware Descriptive Languages”, described the design and development of a remote laboratory which allowed students from anywhere in the world to conduct laboratory experiments on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) device located in OAU. The studies, on which the paper was written, were conducted in Ile-Ife between 2012 and 2014, and provided scientific evidence of the effectiveness of iLabs as pedagogical tools. The award, which has never previously been won by African researchers, was presented at the IEEE Frontiers in Education conference at Erie, Pennsylvania on October 14, 2016.
The letter of the President, IEEE Education Society reads in part:
“As President of the IEEE Education Society, I am pleased to inform you that your IEEE Transactions on Education paper “An iLab for Teaching Advanced Logic Concepts With Hardware Descriptive Languages” has been judged by our selection committee as one of the three outstanding papers for Volume 58, calendar year 2015. We congratulate you for your outstanding research and for the resulting improvement it should lead to for engineering education around the world and in the future.”
Researchers Prof. Lawrence O. Kehinde and Dr. Kayode P. Ayodele of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University receiving their awards on October 14, 2016 from the IEEE President, in the United States of America.