Challenges in Embedded Systems Modeling and Control in Vehicle Design

Webinar with NASA Tech Briefs
Live Presentation - Thursday, November 18, 2010, 2:00 PM ET

This webinar focuses on new modeling techniques and tools for rapidly creating high-fidelity plant models for advanced applications in areas such as space robotics, UA, flight control, and simulators. The techniques are founded on the use of symbolic computation techniques as a framework for efficient model equation formulation and model optimization. Using the new system MapleSim (derived from the Maple symbolic computation system), you will see how you can very quickly develop complex multibody and multi-domain plant models and produce realtime code and s-functions. The result is a dramatic decrease in the time to develop the model, without sacrificing fidelity or realtime performance. This Webinar will consist of two parts:

  1. Introduction to fundamental symbolic techniques to model formulation. How to create efficient multibody plant models, generate realtime code, and perform complex analysis such as inverse kinematic equation derivation.
  2. Case studies including ongoing Mars rover research and a quadrotor UAV application.
About the presenters:
Christina Spirou, Product Director, Research and Development, Maplesoft

As Senior Product Director, Christina is part of the management team at Maplesoft and oversees product direction and design. An accomplished researcher and engineer, Christina is a frequent speaker at conferences and institutions throughout the Maplesoft user community. She holds a Masters of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, specializing in the design of advanced analytical tools.
Dr. Chad Schmitke, Director, MapleSim Development, Maplesoft

Dr. Schmitke holds a Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he serves as an adjunct professor. His research focuses on the symbolic modeling of multibody mechatronic systems. Before joining Maplesoft Chad worked as Chief Developer at MotionPro, and at the Canadian Space Agency as a post-doctoral fellow, developing tools for modeling robotic manipulators.