MathWorks Advisory Board (MAB) Guidelines

The MAB Guidelines are a set of modeling guidelines developed by an independent industry working group for the usage of MATLAB®, Simulink®, Stateflow® and Embedded Coder®. The guidelines are the culmination of years of engineering expertise and best practices for developing, maintaining and documenting control algorithm models used in the development of production software.

The MAB guidelines are an important basis for project success and teamwork - both in-house and when cooperating with partners or subcontractors. Observing the guidelines is one key prerequisite to achieve:

  • System integration without problems
  • Well-defined interfaces
  • Uniform appearance of models, code and documentation
  • Reusable models
  • Readable models
  • Problem-free exchange of models
  • A simple, effective process
  • Professional documentation
  • Understandable presentations
  • Fast software changes
  • Cooperation with subcontractors
  • Handing over of research or predevelopment projects to product development

MAB Guidelines Development

MAB modeling guidelines are developed by an independent working group composed of major OEMs and suppliers across multiple industries. The guidelines include contributions from both Japan MATLAB Automotive Advisory Board (JMAAB) and North American MathWorks Automotive Advisory Board (NA-MAAB) subgroups. JMAAB is a subgroup that includes automotive manufacturers and suppliers in Japan. NA-MAAB is a subgroup of manufacturers and suppliers from multiple industries in the US and Europe. MathWorks works closely with these subgroups. MathWorks hosts and maintains the guidelines but does not create the guidelines. If you are interested in contributing to MAB modeling guidelines, please contact your Sales person.


The MathWorks Automotive Advisory Board (MAAB) was originally established to coordinate feature requests from several key customers in the automotive industry. The inaugural meeting in July 1998 involved Ford, Daimler Benz, and Toyota. The MAAB guideline working group released the first MAAB modeling style guidelines in 2001. In 2020 the title of MAAB Guidelines changed to MAB Guidelines to reflect the contributions and broad usage across multiple industries. The latest MAB guideline v5.0 incorporates JMAAB v5.1 and MAAB v3.0 into a new global standard.

Using MAB Guidelines