Webinar with NASA Tech, SAE Webinar Recording

Newsletter for June 2010

NASA Tech Webinar

Live Webinar with NASA Tech - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:00 PM EDT

Current research into planetary exploration is triggering an extensive range of new design techniques and tools. This webinar presents an overview of modeling and simulation of space systems using physical modeling techniques derived from symbolic model formulation techniques.

To illustrate these techniques, this webinar will present the details of a recent initiative launched at the University of Waterloo (UW). For unmanned planetary exploration to be successful, advanced autonomous robotic rovers are needed. Dr. Amir Khajepour, Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems and Professor of Engineering in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department at UW, is working with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Maplesoft, and the Government of Canada, to develop a full solution for the power management system of autonomous rovers. This new initiative uses the latest generation of symbolic modeling technology (e.g. MapleSim from Maplesoft) to rapidly develop high fidelity, multi-domain models of the rover subsystems.

About the presenters:

Dr. Amir KhajepourDr. Amir Khajepour, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and Canadian Research Chair in Mechatronics Vehicle Systems, University of Waterloo
Dr. Khajepour is an authority in mechatronics and robotics. His research includes complex projects for the automotive, space, and manufacturing industries.


Dr. Tom LeeDr. Tom Lee, Vice President, Applications Engineering.
As Vice President of Applications Engineering, Dr. Lee directs the principal engineering engagements for Maplesoft, including custom model development, consulting, and training, with key customers and partners. Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in automation and control and has been a leading influence in the development of new modeling tools for physical modeling and symbolic computation.

Register for this webinar here.

MapleSim Used to Rapidly Develop a High Fidelity Multi-Domain Model of a Robotic Space Rover

Dr. Khajepour's research into unmanned planetary exploration has also been the subject of a recent Maplesoft user case study. Read more about how Dr. Khajepour, in conjuction with the CSA, Maplesoft, and the Government of Canada, used MapleSim to rapidly develop high fidelity, multi-domain models of the rover subsystems.

Read the user case study here.


Recording of webinar with SAE now available: Challenges in Embedded Systems Modeling and Control in Vehicle Design

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar with the SAE on May 26th. A recording is now available here.

This webcast offers a unique industry perspective on how engineers are currently doing design and how they’ll design in the future.

Modern motor vehicles are studies in complexity. Today’s car or motorcycle embodies technology that was unthinkable a generation ago but is now absolutely essential to achieve the performance, fuel efficiency, affordability, and quality that consumers demand. This has fundamentally transformed engineering practice as the digital revolution meets motor realities head on. Modeling software, digital control techniques, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation are now essential tools in modern design, and techniques such as model-based development have already empowered vehicle OEMs to increase design efficiency and effectiveness. But what lies ahead for vehicle engineers?

Featuring Dr. Joseph Lomonaco, engineer with Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. and Dr. Tom Lee, Vice President of the Maplesoft Application Engineering Group.

You can view the recording of this webinar here.



Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.
Some first thoughts on MapleSim 4
Dr. Tom Lee
I have to thank my friend John Wass, an editor from Scientific Computing magazine who began a recent article with the clear warning “Attention Engineers! The developers at Maplesoft rarely sit still for very long.” Read More>>
Stepwise Solutions in Maple
Dr. Robert Lopez
Just what is it that Maple provides by way of stepwise solutions for standard calculations in the mathematical curricula? Read More>>
Parametrizing a Curve
Dr. Robert Lopez
In 1988, Keith Geddes and others involved with the Maple project at the University of Waterloo published a Maple Calculus Workbook of interesting calculus problems and their solutions in Maple. Over the years, I've paged through this book, extracting some of its more unique problems. Read More>>
Fitting Circles to 3D Data - an Update
Dr. Robert Lopez
Back in July of 2005, one of the early Tips & Techniques articles (since updated) in the Maple Reporter was a comparison of two different approaches to fitting a circle to 3D data points. The impetus for the comparison was Carl Cowen's article on the subject. Read More>>
Four compelling reasons to clean your desk
Dr. Tom Lee
Yes, my 15 minute sabbatical digging through my desk was one of the most productive quarter hours I’ve had in a long time. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.



Application Center Highlights
Camera model in the classroom helps train better engineers
Author: Maplesoft

A camera shutter model uses contact models to measure the position of the shutter, a timer block to measure the speed of the shutter, and a model of a camera spring that returns the shutter to its start position.

Camera Model
This model can be used investigate changes in the shutter design to achieve a given film exposure time, as part of an engineering design course.

The Effect of a Zero on a Second Order System's Performance

Lead and Lag Root Locus Design
Direct search optimization package
Author: Dr. Sergey Moiseev


Maplesoft Webinar Series
MapleSim Training 2: Advanced Techniques for Complex Modeling Applications
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

Automotive applications of MapleSim Part II: High Fidelity Vehicle Dynamics
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


For further details or to enroll in a Webinar please click here.

Missed a Webinar? Check out our Recorded Webinar section where you can browse and view recordings of past Webinars.


Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

Editor's Pick: Maplesoft Releases New Versions of Maple and MapleSim
Desktop Engineering , May 5, 2010

Extract: “There are gold standards in the engineering and scientific software business. Maple from Maplesoft is one of them. So, when a new version of Maple is released, you know that everything about mathematical computation systems has advanced again. With the simultaneous release of MapleSim 4 you also know that an emerging standard in physical modeling and simulation has advanced. This is good news for engineers designing, modeling, and simulating real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications, scientists performing cutting edge research, and students training for careers in engineering, science, and mathematics.”
Design, modeling, and simulation tool and software
SAE International, May 4, 2010

Extract: “Based on Maplesoft’s core technologies, together MapleSim 4 and Maple 14 provide tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation, including real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications.”
MapleSim 4 Goes 3-D for Multibody Modeling
Design News , May 4, 2010

Extract: “MapleSim is built on symbolic computation technology, which manages all of the complex mathematics involved in the development of engineering system models. At the heart of this capability is Maple, the company's technical computing software which contains the advanced symbolic computation engine along with numeric solvers and a technical document interface. The newest version of Maple, Maple 14, offers new control system design tools, linearization tools and new solvers that enable engineers to apply advanced techniques to control design problems. The software has also been enhanced from a performance standpoint to accommodate larger problems in a more expedient fashion, Maple officials said.”

In addition to these articles, check out the Media Center for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.

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