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COSY-PAK: A Symbolic Control Systems Analysis Package

Matthew M. Thomas
Organization: Boeing Phantom Works
Journal / Anthology

Mathematica in Education
Year: 1994
Volume: 3
Issue: 3
Page range: 50-53

Here is a statement - a truth - that readers of this journal should not want to read. The best control systems package now available on PCs and Macintosh computers does not run on A System for Doing Mathematics by Computer, but on High-Performance Numeric Computation and Visualization Software. That package is the Control System Toolbox; it runs on MATLAB (from the Math Works, Inc., in Natick, MA). Though limited to nonsymbolic problems by MATLAB, the Toolbox offers a comprehensive array of system models, analysis functions, modeling schemes, design functions, and other tools most useful to the automatic control community. As such, the automatic control community has embraced the Control System Toolbox, and, by extension, MATLAB. Indeed, it was The Math Works whose booth was prominent at the June 1994 American Control Conference in Baltimore. Should another software house wish to capture the control systems market, it must race against The Math Works. MATLAB has a big lead.

*Engineering > Control Theory