I recently attended a MATLAB / Simulink seminar, which was excellent by the way, and part of the agenda covered control of robots, motorised webcam for image processing, etc. It turns out that even the basic student edition of MathWorks software (http://www.mathworks.co.uk/academia/student_version/
) allows algorithms to be developed and run on low cost target platforms. They support BeagleBoard-xM, Lego MINDSTORMS NXT, Arduino, etc.
When discussing BeagleBoard I asked them if they plan to support Raspberry PI. The applications engineer knew all about RPi but didn't know if MathWorks were going to develop a board support package for it.
Personally I think this could be a match made in Heaven, particularly on the academic side as the price for the student version in the link above is a steal for what you get. With the sophisticated graphics hardware on the RPi this could be a very capable platform for some very impressive real time control and signal processing algorithms, including webcam and audio work. Have a quick look at this for a teaser. http://www.mathworks.co.uk/academia/beagleboard/
I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but could the Foundation please make contact with MathWorks and figure out if this is a possibility?