At the fourth annual Graphical System Design Achievement (GSDA) Awards event, held during the NIWeek 2011 conference and exhibition, National Instruments honored 17 innovative applications developed by engineers, scientists and researchers from around the world and across a variety of industries. More than 300 authors from 20 countries submitted entries to the GSDA Awards, making this year’s pool of applicants the largest and most competitive in the awards’ history.
Innovators from eight application categories, ranging from robotics and academic research to advanced control systems and embedded monitoring, were recognized for using NI technology and a graphical system design approach to develop solutions to critical engineering and science challenges. Following are just a few examples of the awards presented:
- The 2011 Application of the Year Award was presented to Christian Sames of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics for developing a custom time digitizer to study fundamental quantum properties of light-matter interaction.
- The Green Engineering award went to Vestas Wind Systems and CIM Industrial Systems A/S for designing and testing the durability of a wind turbine drivetrain.
- The Humanitarian Award was presented to Kitasato University received for developing the world’s first real-time 3-D medical imaging system.
To see the full list of award recipients and learn the details of their applications, visit www.ni.com/gsdawards/explore_2011.htm.