Resources and links

MATLAB User Group

Several users have got together under the guise of the MATLAB User Group, chaired by Rayyan Chowdhury (Mechanical Engineering), to enable users at the University of Birmingham to understand MATLAB and get the best out of this software. It is important to enable users to talk to each other and help overcome issues thereby taking their research one step further.

Event - 12th November 2020

The MATLAB Special Interest Group hosted an event highlighting how researchers have used MATLAB during COVID-19, as well as other research carried out at the University of Birmingham over the past year.

MATLAB has been utilised in the fight against COVID-19 through various applications. It has been used to conduct parallel simulations to study the spread of the virus as well as programming robots used to disinfect high risk zones. The event looks to explore such research in further detail, as well as providing a platform for PhD researchers at the University to discuss how the software has been used in their projects.

Guest Speakers:

Dr Martina Sciola
Occupation: Technical Specialist Engineer for Education at MathWorks
Background: Martina joined MathWorks as a Technical Specialist Engineer for Education after her PhD studies at the University of Sheffield. With a background on Biomedical Engineering, Martina’s PhD focused on personalised cardiovascular modelling. She also had the opportunity to work as research associate for diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension and as research coordinator for an EU project to establish a new centre of excellence of medicine at the University of Sheffield.
Abstract: Join us for an online session to learn about how scientist and engineers are using MATLAB and Simulink specifically to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing productivity and speeding up their workflows. MATLAB and Simulink work together for an integrated workflow, combining textual and graphical programming enabling to model, simulate and prototype complex systems. During this session we will demonstrate how Parallel Computing can help researchers in solving computationally and data-intensive problems taking advantage of local or remote CPUs and GPUs and how Model-Based-Design improves product quality reducing development time. 

Diana Oliveira
Occupation: PhD researcher in Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Lab)
PhD research: Computational modelling of heart components
Title for presentation: Using MATLAB to generate 3D mitral heart valve models 

Marcus Taylor
Occupation: PhD researcher in Chemical Engineering I am second year PhD student in the Chemical Engineering department. My current PhD title is 'SOFC technology for heavy-duty vehicle propulsion'. I will present my model of a solid oxide fuel cell in MATLAB/Simulink and how I plan to integrate this into a vehicle drivetrain model. 


We deliver MATLAB training based on the Software Carpentry curriculum. More information can be found here.

Training and Support materials

The University has purchased the MATLAB Academy Online Training Suite. This gives FREE access to online courses including MATLAB Fundamentals and MATLAB for Data Processing and Visualization. Instructions on how to access this can be found here: 

There is a self-enrol Introduction to MATLAB Canvas course containing numerous videos and exercises on different aspects of the software:  

There is also a MATLAB user group and a mailing list for the sharing of ideas and asking questions:

 The MathWorks website has a section specifically for students:

There are also MATLAB training videos on the BEAR YouTube channel:


Training documents are listed below.

To download any documents please select any links, this will open to a new page.


The following books are a small selection and may be of use

  • Moore, H. (2007) MATLAB for Engineers. Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Gilat, A. (2008) MATLAB: An Introduction with Applications. John Wiley and Sons
  • Etter, D. (1996) An Introduction to MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists Prentice Hall
  • Hahn, B.D. and Valentine, D.T. (2009) Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Gustafsson, F. and Bergman, N. (2003) MATLAB for Engineers Explained. Springer-Verlag. 


The internet is full of information, but we would recommend that a visit to the Mathworks website (the company that currently owns MATLAB) would be a good starting point.


We have a selection of self-paced video tutorials on YouTube, these can be found here on the YouTube Matlab playlist.



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