Because of budget constraints, most university robotics labs can provide at best one type of basic robot. As a result, students have little hands-on experience in the design of robots and their control systems, and very limited access to robot manipulators commonly used in industry.
To address these limitations, the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies developed a reconfigurable robot manipulator and an Integrated Design and Simulation Environment (IDSE). Built using MATLAB® and Simulink®, the robot and IDSE enable students to design, simulate, optimize, and operate most configurations of robot manipulators used in industry today.
“With Simulink and Simulink 3D Animation, students can visualize a realistic simulation of the robot,” says Dr. Reza Emami, senior lecturer at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. “Using the IDSE, the students can identify the best configuration of kinematic, dynamic, and control parameters for a given task before testing their design on an actual robot manipulator.”