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Newsletter for November 2008

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Physical Modeling: Next-Generation Modeling and Simulation

In this presentation, Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Chief Scientist and Vice-President of Research and Development at Maplesoft, will discuss the future of modeling and simulation, and how, as the complexity of design tasks increase each year, new techniques are necessary for capturing the complex details of next-generation systems. He is joined by Dr. Ken Butts, Executive Engineer at the Toyota Technical Center, and Dr. Chad Schmitke, Chief Developer at MotionPro.

To register for this webinar, click here.

Dr. Laurent Bernardin is a recognized authority in the area of symbolic computation and has published numerous papers on mathematical algorithms as well as parallel and distributed computation. Laurent is an active member of the research community, serving on the editorial board of the Journal for Symbolic Computing and is regularly asked to serve on the program committee or act as referee for prominent conferences in the field.

Dr. Ken Butts is the Executive Engineer in the Powertrain and Chassis Division at the Toyota Technical Center. His previous experience includes positions at Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation and work on product life cycle management, quality processes for managing embedded control software development, application of computer-aided control system design tools, advanced powertrain control concepts, and project management.

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


Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.

Mandelbrot Mania with Maple
By Samir Khan, Application Engineer

Math in the Real World, or, What We Saw in Spain
By Stephanie Rozek, Marketing Engineer

The ideal virtual prototyping tool
By Jim Cooper, President and CEO

Postcard from the road: Meeting the press
By Tom Lee, Chief Evangelist

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.

Application Briefs
Optimal Control Design of a Voice Coil Actuator Head in a Hard Drive

The ability to quickly and accurately access information stored on a hard drive is a crucial feature of modern computers. As the storage capacity of hard drives increases, data is stored more densely, making the data difficult to retrieve quickly and accurately. To access the stored information, modern hard drives use a voice coil actuator to position a read-write head to different tracks of the hard drive. Accurate positioning is challenging because of the inability of current control systems to physically measure the position of the head.

Streaming Video

Maple 12 and MapleSim for Controls Engineering Education
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Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Context-Menu Plotting
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

Maple Tips and Techniques: Standard Subscripts vs Literal Subscripts
Author: Maplesoft

Visit Tips & Techniques on the Maplesoft website for more applications.

Application Center Highlights

Optimal Control Design of a Voice Coil Actuator Head in a Hard Drive
Author: Maplesoft

Stability of Differential Equations
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson

The Concept of Significance
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson

Dynamic Programming and the Bellman Equation
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson
A Damping Problem
Author:  Maplesoft
Predator and Prey Model
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson
Constrained Optimization
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson

Cake Eating in Finite and Infinite Time
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite
Thursday, November 13, 2008 2:00pm EST. 
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This interactive session will provide an overview and demonstration of the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite. A result of the ongoing partnership between the MAA and Maplesoft, this exciting new product gives you the ability to provide MAA placement tests over the Internet, and by using Maple T.A., gives you easy administration, instant results, and flexible scheduling for your incoming students.

Clickable Calculus: Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of One and Several Variables
Friday, November 14, 2008 2:00pm EST.
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Join Dr. Robert Lopez as he explores Maple’s remarkable set of user-interface features that make common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. In this session, Dr. Lopez will solve a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) problems drawn from Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of one and several variables.

MapleSim for Engineering Education: Innovations in Analysis, Design and Simulation
Monday, November 17, 2008 2:00pm EST.
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MapleSim is a modeling and simulation software that derives numerically efficient models of complex systems using an intuitive block-diagram approach to defining system models. MapleSim offers significant reduction in model development time and runtime performance from traditional systems. Distinct from traditional math and simulation software, MapleSim offers automatic derivation of model equations for more effective and engaging virtual simulations and exercises, dramatically more efficient models for real time simulations in research, and direct application to the emerging modeling problems in industry.


Clickable Engineering Problem Solving Part 1
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:00pm EST. 
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In Part I of this two part Webinar, general engineering problem-solving methods are presented using clickable techniques. Drawing on application areas in mechanics, circuits, control and others, Maple is shown in a new light. Specific techniques including symbolic equation solving, differential equations and transforms, plotting and visualization, and units, will be covered.


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's press coverage.

Seat Belt Design
Product Design and Development, October 29, 2008

Pre-crash shoulder belt tensioning is an emerging new technology that enables reduction of automotive crash injuries. Maple and DFP played a critical role in the research of next-generation seat belt restraints.

Math Magic

The Record – Technology Spotlight, October 28, 2008

Maplesoft adorned the cover page slot in The Kitchener-Waterloo Record newspaper’s annual Technology Spotlight supplement. On a glossy format for the first time, Maplesoft CEO Jim Cooper’s picture is the cover of the supplement. The article goes on to elaborate the titles: Math Magic.. Maplesoft solves big problems.”

Analyze This: The Future of CAE
Automotive Engineering, October 14, 2008
In an article where different software experts discuss the problems and possibilities in improving the link between engineering design and analysis, Laurent Bernardin talks in detail about MapleSim and physical modeling.

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

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Maplesoft Events

November 20 - November 23, 2008
Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

See Maplesoft at trade shows, conferences, and other events throughout the world. Find out where

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