Teaching control fundamentals for mechatronics and robotics - the use of JavaScript for simulation and animation

Billingsley, John (1999) Teaching control fundamentals for mechatronics and robotics - the use of JavaScript for simulation and animation. In: ACRA 1999: Australian Conference on Robotics and Automation, 30 Mar-1 Apr 1999, Brisbane, Australia.

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An opinion is expressed on the relevance to Mechatronics and Robotics students of control theory in the form in which it is at present taught. A scheme is proposed which will guide the student first through analysing a 'real' problem and simulating it, then through attempting to design a controller and finally to learning and applying those mathematical tools which are necessary to achieve success. The student is encouraged to look at the whole gamut of nonlinear and discrete time controllers, not just those which fit the theory as taught. Software platforms are discussed, with an emphasis on JavaScript, which will allow easy generation, modification and testing of algorithms by the student.

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Additional Information: © Australian Robotics and Automation Association Incorporated. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 01:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: control theory; engineering students; mathematical concepts; algorithms
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010203 Calculus of Variations, Systems Theory and Control Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/10601

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