Summary of Special and Interactive Sessions

Special Sessions

Industry led panel session: What does industry want from graduate engineers and can this be delivered? (90min)

This is a panel session with the main aim of encouraging dialogue between industrial and academics on what attributes contribute to an effective undergraduate engineering programme. The prime focus is how do Universities give the best preparation possible for students entering engineering careers, with some focus towards industry sectors where control topics are prevalent.

LEGO Mindstorms with MATLAB and Simulink for Teaching Controls, Robotics and Mechatronics. (2 hr - Mathworks)

This workshop describes the built-in support for prototyping, testing, and running Simulink models on LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT. This platform aims to address the growing need for hands-on and project-based learning via a low-cost, easy to use hardware and software platform that builds on the widely used MATLAB & Simulink platform.

SimView - A free library of interactive real-time simulators for learning signals, dynamics and control, (1 hr - F Haugen)

To demonstrate in plenum a number of the SimView simulators. If possible: Participants can install and try the simulators themselves on desktop PCs or on their own laptops (running Windows) during the session.

Control System Design with LabVIEW (National Instruments) (1 hr – Hannah Wade)

Gain real, hands-on experience with graphical system design to develop, simulate and deploy control systems. Learn how you and your students can develop control models directly in LabVIEW or integrate existing .m script models. Also, learn how these models may be deployed to embedded targets for deterministic simulation, before integrating real-world signals to verify system responses. See how a single, unified platform can take you from simulation through to rapid prototyping and deployment.


  1. Adept Scientific, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 1ZA,
  2. National Instruments, Measurement House, Newbury Business Park, Newbury, RG14 2PZ,
  3. Mathworks, "Coorous Mohtadi"