Modern mechatronic systems are complex and interconnected requiring interdisciplinary teams with the experience, intuition, and broad system-level thinking required to solve the complex engineering challenges that are increasingly common in both research and industry. At Quanser, we have used our 30+ years of experience in the design and development of innovative mechatronic systems for the academic market to pioneer a new approach to mechatronics education. Starting with a definition of modern mechatronics, this presentation will present a detailed approach to the goals, activities, and delivery of modern mechatronic lab activities. We will then position these experiences in relation to the complementary fields of robotics and autonomous systems before providing existing implementation examples and plans for future solutions.
Peter Martin, M.A.Sc., is an engineering education and mechatronics specialist. As Director of R&D, he is responsible for ensuring that Quanser’s vision and strategy continues a legacy of world-leading innovative and academically aligned products and services. Over the past 10 years, he has been responsible for leading the development of several notable ground-breaking products focused on diverse markets from robotics and mechatronics to educational platforms and tools.