MATLAB Information

Vendor: The MathWorks, web site
Category: Mathematical computation, analysis, visualization, and algorithm development
Licenses: 150 for most toolboxes, except 50 Wavelet
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Help and Support: On-line help is available and the specific help web sites are directly linked to the MATLAB program. Within MATLAB, there is also an extensive Help Menu that explains all the functions, provides examples, and contains a sample workshop. To run the demo from Windows or Linux, select Help | Demos.

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On-line MATLAB training and videos and webinars.

MATLAB Description

Millions of engineers and scientists worldwide use MATLAB® to analyze and design the systems and products transforming our world. MATLAB is in automobile active safety systems, interplanetary spacecraft, health monitoring devices, smart power grids, and LTE cellular networks. It is used for machine learning, signal processing, image processing, computer vision, communications, computational finance, control design, robotics, and much more.The MATLAB platform is optimized for solving engineering and scientific problems. The matrix-based MATLAB language is the world’s most natural way to express computational mathematics. Built-in graphics make it easy to visualize and gain insights from data. A vast library of prebuilt toolboxes lets you get started right away with algorithms essential to your domain. The desktop environment invites experimentation, exploration, and discovery. These MATLAB tools and capabilities are all rigorously tested and designed to work together

Updated listing of available MATLAB toolboxes


What It Does

The basic element of MATLAB is the array. The lack of scalar notation within the array allows for efficient solutions to complex technical and mathematical problems.

How It Is Used

MATLAB has five main areas that are key to its system. The Development Environment is a set of tools that help facilitate the MATLAB functions. The MATLAB Mathematical Function Library consists of algorithms such as sine, cosine, sum, and complex algorithms for technical computation. The MATLAB Language is the array/matrix language that allows for complex data structures and input/output diagrams to be created. The Graphics area contains the facilities needed to display vectors, graphs, as well as two- and three-dimensional data visualization. The MATLAB Application Program Interface has facilities needed to write C code or other programs that can interact with MATLAB.

Usage Information

From a Linux workstation, type matlab from a shell prompt. On a Windows computer go to Start | All Programs | MATLAB . Files can be saved in your own home directory or within MATLAB. The files can also be uploaded and sent via sftp.

MATLAB License and Installation Information

The current University license allows for installation on non-University systems.  Further documentation on the license and installation instructions can be found here.

Installation Request

To request that MATLAB be installed on managed university-owned computer, email: