September 2021 The summer school has been canceled, we will be back in 2022.
- For registration, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download Preliminary Program
- For accommodation options, see IMSS Accommodation
- For information about past summer schools, see IMSS 2016 , IMSS 2017 , IMSS 2018
- For a video documenting the IMSS 2017 click HERE.
- For a drone video of the IMSS 2018 click HERE.
- For a video dosumenting the experiences of one of the participants from 2019 click HERE.
What is Mechatronics?
- Mechatronics integrates mechanical, electrical and computer engineering into one product. Typical mechatronic system acquires information using sensors, processes it and generates actions using actuators.
- Mechatronics is a modern branch of engineering widely sought in automotive, aerospace, robotics and many other industries.
What is our summer school about? What do we offer you?
- Consolidation and reinforcement of the knowledge and skills of the participants in the area of Modelling and Simulation in MATLAB/Simulink environment.
- We provide the participants with practical experience of Rapid Control Prototyping technique (how to design, test and implement advanced control systems using modern HW and SW tools).
- We will teach and demonstrate the Hardware-In-the-Loop technology using state-of-the-art HW and our practical experiences gained at recent industrial projects for partners like SKODA Auto or BOSCH.
Who is it for?
- Are you an engineering student interested in new experience and practical skills in the field of Mechatronics? Join us!
- Are you a freshman in Mechatronics or Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and would you like to reinforce your skills, knowledge and motivation? Join us!
- Are you finishing the high school? Are you motivated? Do you plan to study Engineering at a University? Join us!
- Would you like to gain practical and deep experience in the field of Modelling, Simulation, System Identification, Rapid Control Prototyping and Hardware-In-the-Loop? Join us!
Why join us?
- We are a dynamic team of the Mechlab (Mechatronics lab) with active projects for companies like ŠKODA Auto or BOSCH. We do the Mechatronics!
- We can share our theoretical knowledge and practical skills with you. We are happy to do that!
- We know, that practical experience in the lab is much more valuable than the reading of a hundred of books. We will teach you the tools and approaches which we use in our projects!
- You can meet students from different countries with different experiences. You can meet new friends or colleagues!
- We guarantee friendly environment, individual approach to all participants and coffee for free!
- Students will receive the course materials before the start of the summer school.
- Most of the teaching time will be spent on individual work in a computer lab with the continual support of the lecturer.
Day 1: Modelling of mechatronics systems – current trends and new adventures
- Overview of the course
- Students will work in two groups: beginners and advanced.
- Beginners group: Introduction to MATLAB and Simulink (basics, vectorization, advanced features such as solvers, algebraic loops, zero crossing detection). The knowledge acquired will be sufficient to successfully continue and enjoy next days.
- Advanced group: Special topics in MATLAB (new language features, optimization of memory usage and other topics) and Simulink (S-functions, Code generation and others). Acquired knowledge will significantly deepen the understanding and user proficiency with MATLAB and Simulink and other similar tools.
- HANDS-ON – both groups will do exercises in the computer lab.
Day 2: Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) = How to Effectively Design a Controller on a Real System
- Real-Time systems for measurement and control – lecture
- Theory and HANDS-ON: Controller development – control of a mechatronic actuator using RCP tools (MF 624 I/O card, Real-Time toolbox) – labs
- Theory and HANDS-ON: Deployment of a controller to an embedded system – how to adjust Simulink model to run at a microcontroller (Microchip dsPIC) – labs
- HANDS-ON – Team project: building and programming of LEGO Mindstorms robots using Simulink, team competition.
Day 3: Model-based control – how to design advanced controllers
- Why is model useful for control, how to design nonlinear controllers using a model of a system (plant) – lecture
- How to acquire system model – Introduction and selected advanced techniques in System Identification – lecture
- HANDS-ON – Individual project: modelling, identification and control of selected laboratory model or real system (e.g. a nonlinear automotive actuator).
Day 5: Modern Real-Time Hardware for measurement and control – FPGAs
- Structure of Real-Time hardware – lecture
- Introduction to programming of FPGAs – lecture, demonstrations, labs
- Programming of FPGA using automatically generated code – demonstration.
- HANDS-ON – individual project: Programming of a Xilinx FPGA.
Day 6: Hardware-In-the-Loop technique (HIL) – modern way to develop and test a mechatronic product
- Introduction to HIL, principles, HW, SW, overview and features of common and special peripherals.
- Success stories – We will share with you the results of our industrial projects.
- Case study: Modular platform for RCP and HIL on the National Instruments PXI (technical details, demonstration)
- Case study: Modular platform for RCP and HIL dSPACE (technical details, demonstration)
- HANDS-ON – team project – HIL on a dSPACE system.
Social events during the Summer School
Day 4: Social event – trip to CESKY KRUMLOV
- The full-day trip to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a lively, cosmopolitan town with a unique atmosphere dominated by a Castle stretching over the meandering Vltava River.
- The Summer School fee covers the transport there and back with a bus.
Fees & Payment
|Early bird ( until 31.5.2019 )||€ 550|
|Estimated living costs (accommodation, food)||€ 150|
- In case of interest or any question, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or at phone +420 770 127 927.
- The registration fee does not cover the transportation and accomodation costs.
- There is direct flight to Brno from London and Berlin.
- You can also fly to Prague or Vienna, there are direct train/bus connections to Brno.