Articles, Publications and Presentations

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ICIRA 2011 Publication

"Key Factors for Freshmen Education Using MATLAB and LEGO Mindstorms", Alexander Behrens, Linus Atorf, Dorian Schneider, and Til Aach, Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICIRA), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7101, pp.553-562, Springer, 2011 (BibTeX)

InTech - Matlab - Modelling, Programming and Simulations

"Teaching Practical Engineering for Freshman Students using the RWTH – Mindstorms NXT Toolbox for MATLAB", Alexander Behrens, Linus Atorf and Til Aach, Matlab - Modelling, Programming and Simulations, InTech, Oct., pp.41-6-5, 2010, *invited paper*.
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IEEE Transactions on Education

"MATLAB Meets LEGO Mindstorms - A Freshman Introduction Course Into Practical Engineering", A. Behrens, L. Atorf, R. Schwann, B. Neumann, R. Schnitzler, J. Ballé, T. Herold, A. Telle, T.G. Noll, K. Hameyer and T. Aach, IEEE Transactions on Education, 2010, vol. 53, no. 2, pp.306—317, (BibTeX), (PDF Download)

realtif Campus-Magazin Aachen

Invited article "MATLAB meets LEGO Mindstorms - hands-on Projekt für Erstsemester", Alexander Behrens, realtif - Campus-Magazin Aachen, No 8, pp. 16-17, November 2009,
(PDF Download) or realtif No.08 (complete issue)

VDI Qualitätsdialog - Lehre und Lernen in der Ingenieurausbildung

Invited poster presentation "Practicing Engineering in a First-Year Student Project: MATLAB meets LEGO Mindstorms" on the International Conference "Qualitätsdialog - Lehre und Lernen in der Ingenieurausbildung", Sitzung: Beispiele guter Praxis, VDI, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, HRK, Bonn, Germany 14.-15.09.2009

Acta Polytechnica: Journal of Advanced Engineering

"First Steps into Practical Engineering for Freshman Students Using MATLAB and LEGO Mindstorms Robots" (PDF Download)
Alexander Behrens, Linus Atorf, Robert Schwann, Johannes Ballé, Thomas Herold, Aulis Telle
Acta Polytechnica Journal of Advanced Engineering, vol. 48 (3), pp. 44-49, June 2008, ISSN 1210-2709, (BibTeX)

Besides lectures on basic theoretical topics, contemporary teaching and learning concepts for first semester students give more and more consideration to practically motivated courses. In this context, a new first-year introductory course in practical engineering has been established in the first semester curriculum of Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Based on a threefold learning concept, programming skills in MATLAB are taught to 309 students within a full-time block course laboratory. The students are encouraged to transfer known mathematical basics to program algorithms and real-world applications performed by 100 LEGO Mindstorms robots. A new MATLAB toolbox and twofold project tasks have been developed for this purpose by a small team of supervisors. The students are supervised by over 60 tutors at 23 institutes, and are encouraged to create their own robotics applications. We describe how the laboratory motivates the students to act and think like engineers and to solve real-world issues with limited resources. The evaluation results show that the proposed practical course concept successfully boosts students’ motivation, advances their programming skills, and encourages the peer learning process.

MATLAB Digest | Academic Edition

"Freshman Engineers Build MATLAB Powered LEGO Robots" (PDF Download)
Til Aach and Alexander Behrens
MATLAB Digest | Academic Edition - August 2008, The MathWorks, (BibTeX)

Freshman Engineers Build MATLAB Powered LEGO Robots
Students at RWTH Aachen University put math and signal processing theory into practice by using MATLAB and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT education kit to build and program robots—including one that reads Morse code and another that parks itself autonomously. …

POSTER 2008 Publication

"Practicing Engineering in a First-Year Student Project: MATLAB meets LEGO Mindstorms"
Alexander Behrens, Linus Atorf, Robert Schwann, Johannes Ballé, Thomas Herold and Aulis Telle
12th International Student Conference on Electrical Engineering, POSTER 2008, May 15, 2008, Prague., (BibTeX)

RWTHinsight Article 01/2008

Official RWTH article about the MATLAB meets LEGO Mindstorms - Student Project WS 07/08 :
RWTHinsight - Studienstart als LEGO-Tüftler (German) (PDF Download) or RWTHinsight 1/2008 (complete issue)

Comments & Quotes

"The MATLAB RWTH toolbox has proven to be effective in meeting the learning objectives of the course."
" … 75.6% of the students (who used the RWTH - Mindstorms NXT Toolbox and MATLAB) found the project effective in developing programming skills. This is much higher than the percentage of students using RobotC for the project …" - - Beena Ahmed, Karawan Alsaleh, IEEE Educon 2011

"Thank you for this, amazing work, i wish i can give more than 5 stars, i have been working with this code for the past 1.5 year and its truly outstanding :D. Thank you again!" - Original Review - Leo Kay, 2010-08-03

"… it was the first time I’ve used Matlab to control the NXT. I used some software that had been developed by […] at RWTH Aachen University to interface between Matlab and the NXT. This toolkit was very impressive and made the whole project alot easier. …" - Jim German,, 2009-07-31

"I would like to thank and encourage your whole team for the development of the RWTH - Mindstorms NXT Toolbox. As an early LEGO and Mindstorms fan, I’ve been playing with v2.00beta for a couple of days and I must admit I am very impressed! Everything works flawlessly and the small bug(s) I found (see below) do not interfere in the overall very good experience. It has never been so easy to control the NXT set!…" - Laurent Vaylet, Training Services, The MathWorks SAS (France), 2008-09-08

"… The package is very easy to set up. It took me less than ten minutes to successfully test the example programs over Bluetooth. There are some very nice motor features, such as motor synchronization and speed ramp-up and ramp-down. I have yet to explore how easy it is to modify or extend the code, but it ought to be a straightforward matter. …" - Original Blog - Dr. Kevin H. Knuth, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University at Albany, NY, 2008-03-09

"I dont know what to say!! THANKS for saving the time , this job is the best" - Original Review - Mohammad Omer, 2008-03-13

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