Maplesoft Launches Forum to Advance Automotive Rapid Plant Modeling

15 Jan, 2008

Physical Modeling Consortium brings together industry leaders to address challenges and develop new software.

Maplesoft announced this week that the company has founded the Physical Modeling Consortium, a forum in which organizations can share ideas and advance the development of Rapid Plant Modeling methodology based on symbolic computation. As the founder and organizer, Maplesoft brought together leading companies in the automotive sector to discuss and explore shared challenges and new ideas. According to the company, these automotive industry leaders recognize the need for a new set of software tools and methods to address the parallel problem of physical modeling (or plant modeling).

"Symbolic computation techniques offer a natural paradigm for physical modeling, and provide model simplification capabilities that deliver the fastest possible execution speed and are critical for today's complex systems," said Laurent Bernardin, chief scientist and vice-president of research and development, Maplesoft. "Using mathematical solving tools such as Maple, engineers can arrive at concise and computationally efficient models. These tools can substantially ease the modeling process of automotive systems. We see companies increasingly using these tools to address their most challenging problems."

The inaugural meeting of the consortium was held in California in conjunction with the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control. Attendees included representatives from more than 25 auto industry OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, consultancies, and academic researchers. Toyota presented its vision for the future development in Rapid Plant Modeling methodology based on symbolic computation, and Maplesoft presented research and development in support of this vision.

Subsequent meetings of the Physical Modeling Consortium are planned for February in Berlin, Germany, and in July in Seoul, Korea.