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Elevating BVLOS Drone Missions: MATLAB and Simulink for Interdisciplinary Team Success

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Autonomous systems like drones necessitate interdisciplinary teams with expertise in areas such as systems engineering, power electronics, wireless communication, and autonomous navigation. For Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions, these design teams must evaluate mission risks and tradeoffs, considering factors such as ground control connectivity, battery life limitations, mission completion time, and potential contingencies. Effective team collaboration and the ability to perform system-wide impact assessment across varying degrees of fidelity are crucial for testing and optimizing performance and reliability. In this webinar, we demonstrate how MATLAB and Simulink’s modular simulation capabilities can enhance confidence in system capabilities using a search-and-rescue wildfire mission as an example.


We will demonstrate how MATLAB and Simulink can:

  • Enable component manufacturers, system developers, and customers to communicate through modeling and simulation
  • Help engineers communicate the impact of design choices for individual modules on overall system performance
  • Transition from static models to low and high-fidelity dynamic models to perform complex tradeoffs such as multi-objective optimization for requirement sets
  • Evaluate wireless communication coverage by varying node placement, taking into account environmental conditions such as terrain, dust and smoke
  • Simulate autonomous drone missions in a virtual scenario given various environmental conditions

Please allow approximately 45 minutes to attend the presentation and Q&A session. We will be recording this webinar, so if you can’t make it for the live broadcast, register and we will send you a link to watch it on-demand.

About the Presenters

Russell Graves – Application Engineer, MathWorks

Russell Graves is an Application Engineer at MathWorks focused on machine learning and systems engineering. Before joining MathWorks, Russell worked with the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in intelligent transportation systems research with a focus on multi-agent machine learning and complex systems controls. Russell holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tennessee.

Sam Lehman – Application Engineer, MathWorks

Sam Lehman is an Application Engineer at MathWorks specializing in signal processing, communications, and radar.  Prior to MathWorks he worked as a software engineer at Boeing and obtained degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Julia Antoniou – Application Engineer, MathWorks

Julia Antoniou is an application engineer for the aerospace and defense industry at MathWorks. She specializes in modeling and simulation of physical systems, with a focus on robotic and autonomous systems. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2017, Julia worked at companies such as iRobot and Johnson & Johnson in their mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and manufacturing engineering departments. Julia holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University.

Ronal George – Application Engineer, MathWorks

Ronal George is an application engineer for robotics and autonomous systems at MathWorks. Prior to joining MathWorks in April 2019, Ronal worked as an inside sales engineer at SPX Transformer Solutions and as an electrical design engineer at WindLabs. Ronal has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. As a part of his master’s, Ronal worked with the Advanced Diagnosis, Automation and Control (ADAC) Laboratory to develop planning and localization algorithms for multiagent systems.

Mike Rudolph – Aerospace and Defense Industry Manager, MathWorks

Michael Rudolph has been the Aerospace and Defense Industry Manager at MathWorks since 2019. In his role, he works with engineering leadership throughout the industry to understand ongoing and emerging technology trends from autonomous systems to multifunction RF systems. Before joining MathWorks, he spent a decade at Raytheon BBN Technologies performing interdisciplinary research on various sensor and RF systems for DoD customers like Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

You Wu – Robotics Industry Manager, MathWorks

Dr. You Wu is the Robotics Industry Manager at MathWorks, promoting best practices in robot development processes to industrial clients. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. degree from MIT with a focus on underwater robotics. Before joining MathWorks in 2020, he was CTO of Watchtower Robotics, a startup that put inspection robots into municipal water pipe networks.

Product Focus

  • Communications Toolbox
  • Navigation Toolbox
  • Requirements Toolbox
  • Satellite Communications Toolbox
  • Stateflow
  • System Composer
  • UAV Toolbox


Date And Time

10-10-2023 - 01:30 PM (+04) to
10-10-2023 - 02:30 AM (+04)

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