From the series: MATLAB and Simulink Robotics Arena
Connell D'Souza, MathWorks
Zachary Lietzau, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
To enable rapid development of model airplanes, Zachary Lietzau of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University used MATLAB® to develop an app that enabled his team to quickly iterate model aircraft designs. The benefits of using apps in MATLAB include the ability to use MATLAB toolboxes to run complicated calculations and visualize results in an interactive environment.
Many MATLAB products have built-in apps. Apps can also be downloaded from File Exchange or developed by users—just like how Zachary built the app in this video. MATLAB App Designer is an environment for building MATLAB apps. It provides a drag and drop environment to lay out the visual components of a user interface as well as an environment to enter computational algorithms to program app behavior.
User-developed apps can be packaged into a single file that can be distributed to others if the users have access to all the products used in the app. This is particularly useful to student competition teams as apps can be built and shared with future teams to help maintain legacy tools and minimize the time needed to redesign tools from year to year. Documentation can be added to the apps to ensure seamless transition to other team members.
Download the app from MATLAB Central's File Exchange.
Introduction to Robotic Systems Meet MATLAB and Simulink Robotics Arena team members Sebastian Castro and Connell D’Souza as they discuss designing a robotic system and the support provided to robotics student competition teams.
Contact Modeling with Simulink Sebastian Castro and Ed Marquez Brunal introduce the fundamentals of mechanical contact modeling and simulation with Simulink, as well as show examples for automotive and robotics applications.
Contact Modeling with Simscape Sebastian Castro and Ed Marquez Brunal discuss various approaches and online resources for modeling mechanical contact and friction forces using Simulink, Simscape, and Simscape Multibody.
Estimating Direction of Arrival with MATLAB Stephen Cronin from the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University demonstrates how to detect the direction of arrival of an underwater acoustic signal using MATLAB.
Simulating Walking Robot Mechanics Join Sebastian Castro as he shows you how to model a two-legged walking robot, including joint motion actuation and contact forces, using Simscape Multibody.
Actuation and Control of Walking Robots Join Sebastian Castro as he shows you how you can use Simulink and the Simscape product family to connect a walking robot model to detailed actuator models with motion planning and control algorithms.
Optimizing Walking Robot Trajectories Join Sebastian Castro as he shows you how you can use MATLAB and the Global Optimization Toolbox to find optimal motion trajectories for a Simulink model of a walking robot.
Beat Tracking with MATLAB for Signal Processing Cup Jeremy Bell, Angus Keatinge, and James Wagner of The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) discuss their team’s winning entry to the IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2017.
Getting Started with MATLAB and ROS Join Sebastian Castro and Pulkit Kapur as they show how Robotics System Toolbox can help you connect MATLAB and the Robot Operating System (ROS).
Getting Started with Simulink and ROS Join Sebastian Castro and Pulkit Kapur as they show how Robotics System Toolbox can help you connect Simulink and the Robot Operating System (ROS).
Deploying Standalone ROS Nodes from Simulink Join Sebastian Castro and Pulkit Kapur as they show how automatic code generation tools can help you deploy algorithms developed in MATLAB and Simulink to run in the Robot Operating System (ROS).
Building Graphical Aircraft Design Tools Build interactive design tools to reduce development time. Zachary Leitzau from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University demonstrates the use of a self-built app to help design a model airplane.
Simulating Quadcopter Missions with Simulink and ROS Simulation is a great way to test and tune control algorithms for quadcopters. Julien Cassette talks about using Simulink, Robotics Operating System (ROS), and Gazebo to simulate quadcopter missions from student competitions.
Airframe Optimization with MATLAB Follow Joshua Williams from Cornell University Unmanned Air Systems (CUAir) as he demonstrates the use of a genetic algorithm to optimize airframe sizing for model airplanes.
Building MATLAB Apps with App Designer Build apps with MATLAB to automate repetitive interactive code. Sebastian Castro and Connell D'Souza from the Robotics Arena demonstrate building interactive apps using App Designer.
Distributed Computing with MATLAB, Simulink, and ROS Join Sebastian Castro and Connell D’Souza as they discuss techniques in Simulink to design and deploy multirate and multiplatform robotics algorithms with the Robot Operating System (ROS).
Designing Robot Manipulator Algorithms Accelerate the design of robot manipulator algorithms by using the Robotics Systems Toolbox functionality and integrating robot models with simulation tools to program and test manipulation tasks.
Designing Digital Filters with MATLAB Join Mark Schwab and Connell D'Souza as they demonstrate the use of the Filter Designer app and interactively design filters for digital signal processing that can be implemented in MATLAB or Simulink.
System Identification of Blue Robotics Thrusters Create a model for a piece of hardware from input and output data using the System Identification app. Connell D'Souza and Kris Fedorenko explain the workflow from data gathering to model evaluation.
Controlling Robot Manipulator Joints Learn how MATLAB, Simulink, and Robotics System Toolbox can help you design joint torque controllers for robotic manipulation and grasping tasks.
Simulating Mobile Robots with MATLAB and Simulink Learn how to work with the Mobile Robotics Simulation Toolbox on the MATLAB Central File Exchange.
MATLAB Apps with ROS Learn how to design interactive MATLAB apps to communicate with ROS enabled robots and simulators.
Robotics Education with MATLAB and Simulink Professor Peter Corke and Sebastian Castro discuss how MATLAB and Simulink can be used in robotics education.
Programming Robot Swarms Explore how to use MATLAB and Simulink for prototyping and implementation of robot swarm behavior.
Labeling Ground Truth for Object Detection Use the Ground Truth Labeler app to generate quality ground truth data that can be used to train and evaluate object detectors.
Training and Validating Object Detectors Use labeled ground truth data to train and evaluate object detectors.
Deep Learning with MATLAB, NVIDIA Jetson, and ROS Learn how GPU Coder can be used to deploy deep learning algorithms from MATLAB to embedded NVIDIA GPUs, and how the deployed code can be used with the Robot Operating System (ROS).
Sensor Fusion for Orientation Estimation Join Roberto Valenti and Connell D’Souza as they discuss using Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox to perform sensor fusion for orientation estimation.
Simulating Pneumatic Robot Actuators Veer and Maitreyee show how you can model a pneumatic system by using physical blocks available in Simscape.
Simulating Robot Throwing Mechanisms Veer and Maitreyee show you how to build a throwing mechanism to throw a ball at a certain target using Simscape Multibody.
Control Design for Robot Throwing Systems Veer and Maitreyee first show how you can extend Simscape Multibody throwing mechanism models with physical effects modeled in Simscape. Later, controller is implemented in the system to track the reference piston position.
Autopilot Development Using Simulink Claudio Conti of Sapienza Flight Team at Sapienza University of Rome joins Connell D’Souza to talk about using Model-Based Design and Real-Time Simulation to design a custom autopilot.
LQR Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Learn the basics of implementing a Linear-Quadratic Regulator (LQR) controller for an autonomous underwater vehicle with Juan Rojas and Nathan Liebrecht of the Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Project.
Deep Reinforcement Learning for Walking Robots Use MATLAB, Simulink, and Reinforcement Learning Toolbox to train control policies for humanoid robots using deep reinforcement learning.
Programming Soccer Robot Behavior Explore how to use MATLAB and Simulink for prototyping and implementation of multiagent systems through an autonomous soccer robot example.
Walking Robot Pattern Generation Learn how MATLAB and Simulink can be used to design walking pattern generators for legged humanoid robots.
Programming BeagleBone Blue with Simulink Sebastian Castro and Kurt Talke introduce the BeagleBone Blue hardware and demonstrate how it can be programmed using Simulink for robotics applications.
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