I got to revisit my old university stomping ground last week when I manned the Adept Scientific/Quanser stand at the 2014 UKACC Conference on Control at the University of Loughborough. It was a great opportunity to meet up with old lecturers, visit old haunts and see how things have advanced on campus, while making brand new connections with customers and contacts in the world of system control.
I also sat in on National Instruments’ instructional free workshop session during which PHD students got to try their hand at building a control system using Quanser’s Inverted Rotary Pendulum and NI’s CompactRIO controller.
Looking forward to UKACC 2016 which will be held at the Queen’s University, Belfast.
Quanser is committed to providing practical, hands-on control learning tools, so when we set up the Adept/Quanser stand at this year’s UKACC International Conference on Control, we didn’t just want to offer the standard literature and brochures. We made sure our display stood out and gave visitors real-life working experiments to get their hands on, including Quanser’s Rotary Inverted Pendulum and Active Suspension system for teaching and research.
You can see the Inverted Pendulum in action at the event by viewing our short video here:
The 3-day conference brought together key contacts involved in teaching or researching engineering control. It offered a unique forum for sharing findings, comparing notes and networking with peers about new ways to enrich learning or advance research projects.
According to delegates, not surprisingly, the biggest issue among the academic and research community is lack of funding. They said, it’s easy to see the teaching merits of hands-on equipment, but blatant benefits won’t magic up extra money! Even if different departments join forces (and funds) with a view to creating multi-disciplinary control labs, not all equipment is flexible enough to work across curriculums, for students and researchers alike.
This is where Quanser’s building block approach comes into its own. Quanser’s family of modular Rotary Servo experiments allows professors to build their lab in stages, buying new equipment as and when funding is available. With over 30 labs to choose from, teachers can mix and match components to gain a multi-tasking facility capable of demonstrating control concepts from the most fundamental to the most advanced. What’s more Quanser hardware is future-proof, which means inevitable software upgrades won’t result in redundancy and replacement of your equipment. The inclusion of read-made curriculums with every experiment caused keen interest among time-pressed teachers looking for guidance and support to accelerate and simplify course planning.
It was great to see that Quanser’s offering fits perfectly with the needs and challenges control teachers and researchers face today.
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