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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
Analysis in Maple with MapleSim
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Multibody Simulations and Advanced Multibody Analysis
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Product Tips & Techniques

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

Dynamic Programming and the Bellman Equation
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson

The Concept of Significance
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson

A Damping Problem
Author:  Maplesoft

Stability of Differential Equations
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson

Constrained Optimization
Author:  Mr. Marcus Davidsson


Maplesoft Webinar Series

Control System Design With Maple & MapleSim
Friday, November 21, 2008 2:00pm EST. 
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In MapleSim, Maplesoft’s new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, systems are described in a compact and intuitive component diagram, making them easier to build and understand. You can mix physical components from multiple domains with traditional signal-flow blocks, allowing you to build both plant models and controller prototypes in one environment. With the cutting-edge physical modeling techniques in MapleSim, you simply re-create the system diagram on the screen and the equations of the model are automatically generated.

MapleSim gives direct access to the complete Maple 12 system, including its intuitive user interface, technical documentation tools, extensive library of algorithms, and its new Dynamic Systems package, a collection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, essential in control systems development. From simple and intuitive model entry to insightful and complex analysis, this webinar will illustrate how these tools allow you to assess the stability, controllability and sensitivity of your control system designs.


MapleSim Training
Monday, November 24, 2008 2:00pm EST. 
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This MapleSim Training Webinar is a 1 hour webinar that will include a basic introduction to the modeling environment found in MapleSim as well as a walk-through of the "Getting Started" tutorial. It will briefly cover how to use the new Dynamic Systems package found in Maple 12 to analyze equations from MapleSim, and will also touch on advanced multibody system modeling, as well as the basics of how to create a custom component for MapleSim using the "Custom Component" templates. No prior knowledge of MapleSim is required.

Introduction to MapleSim: The Next Generation in Modeling and Simulation
Tuesday, November 25, 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.

Optimization and Analysis using Maple
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 2:00pm EST.
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This webinar will demonstrate, through several applications, how Maple provides an easy-to-use environment for advanced modeling and optimization. Within Maple, you can take advantage of some of the most advanced optimization techniques in the world. In addition, Maple provides thousands of functions for integral transforms, ODE, PDE, and DAE solving, linear algebra, statistics, signal processing, and much more. Maple’s computational engine can tackle your most complex mathematical problems.


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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