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Robot Manipulation, Part 2: Dynamics and Control

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

In this blog post, Sebastian Castro will talk about robot manipulation with MATLAB and Simulink. The previous part discussed kinematics (if you have not read it, we recommend you do), while this part discusses dynamics.
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Introduction
To motivate the importance of low-level robot manipulator control, I want to introduce… read more >>

Robot Manipulation, Part 1: Kinematics

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

In this blog post, Sebastian Castro will talk about robot manipulation with MATLAB and Simulink. This part will discuss kinematics, and the next part will discuss dynamics.
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Crash Course on Robot Manipulators
Let’s start with a quick comparison of kinematics and dynamics.

Kinematics is the analysis of motion without considering forces…. read more >>

Why Use Apps?

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

I asked Connell D’Souza, today’s guest blogger, that exact question. His answer was short: “REPETITION. INTERACTION. AUTOMATION.” In the following, Connell will share his experience from a past job and illustrate some options we have. Enjoy!
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Most of us use a multitude of apps every day for almost everything from… read more >>

Introducing the team – Part 3

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

This blog post is the third one in an ongoing series introducing the MathWorks student competition team. The team is further growing and we are now 12 folks located in Boston (US), Bangalore (India), Cambridge (UK), and Munich (DE). Today’s post will introduce our new members Maitreyee, Alexa, Jose,… read more >>

Hydraulic decoupled suspension – how to get things running smoothly 2

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

In the first part of this post, I introduced the hydraulic decoupled suspension concept designed by Timothy Novotny and Alex Hönger from AMZ Racing.
In this second part learn about their design process and how they verified and tested the hydraulic decoupled suspension.
Dimensioning
A question about the weight target was asked during… read more >>

Hydraulic decoupled suspension – the journey starts with a bold idea

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

© kreutzweise.de
Great ideas don’t always stand the test of time. It may be due to some drawbacks that knock out the great advantage, or it simply is too expensive or difficult to implement. The following article will share a contradicting example. Enjoy this engineering success story of originality and rock-solid engineering… read more >>

Preparing for the RoboCup Major Leagues

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

The Racing Lounge is back from Christmas break. I wish you all a succesful and healthy 2018!
In today’s post, Sebastian Castro discusses his experiences with a robotics workshop he helped deliver at the RoboCup Asia-Pacific (RCAP) event in Bangkok, Thailand.
As a reminder, MathWorks is a global sponsor of RoboCup which comes with many benefits to student… read more >>

Project-Based Learning: Five Key Features To Motivating Students

Posted by Christoph Hahn,

Many students I know take issue with Plato’s famous quote: “Students are lazy, disengaged and have bad manners” (The Republic VIII, 562b-563e). Stepping back from the ‘bad manners’ accusation, engaging and effectively teaching bored students can be challenging and the reasons behind haven’t become clear to me for quite some… read more >>

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