Webinar with NASA Tech Briefs
The concepts of physical modeling have long been a key aspect of engineering in aerospace companies. Indeed, it was aerospace that pioneered new techniques in HIL (Hardware in the Loop) for testing control strategies. Understandably aerospace engineers from the commercial aircraft industry, national space agencies, and defence-oriented companies continually innovate their design strategies.

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.

In this webinar you will see how you can very quickly develop complex multibody and multi-domain plant models and produce real-time code and s-functions. The symbolic computation system Maple and the related modeling system MapleSim will be used to illustrate examples. The result is a dramatic decrease in the time to develop the model, without sacrificing fidelity or real-time 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 real-time code, and perform complex analysis such as inverse kinematic equation derivation.
  2. Case studies including a gimbal model, a model of a quadrotor, and a planetary rover will be presented.
Paul Goossens, VP of Application Engineering, Maplesoft:
Paul Goossens directs the Applications Engineering Group that supports Maplesoft's new line of engineering modeling products. A mechanical engineer by background, Paul has over 20 years of experience in both engineering and software business management. Past positions included senior management positions for companies in engineering modeling solutions and high-performance real-time simulations.
Dr. Orang Vahid, Senior Modeling Engineer, Maplesoft:
Dr. Vahid holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has over 10 years of experience in industry covering advanced dynamical systems, friction-induced vibration and control, automotive noise and vibration, and mechanical engineering design. He is a frequent invited speaker and has published numerous papers on various topics in engineering design.