Archive for the ‘niweek_2011’ Category

The Graphical System Design Achievement Awards (GSDAA) is the National Instruments annual technical application contest, showcasing the most innovative projects based on NI software and hardware. Technical judges have whittled down more than 120 submissions to 16 finalists, two for each application category.

 

During NIWeek 2011, more than 180 people, including engineers, scientists, students, researchers, NI leaders, and industry experts, attended the 2011 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards ceremony to honor the 16 contest finalists competing in the following application categories: Automated Test, Embedded Monitoring, Advanced Control Systems, Life Sciences, Robotics, Validation Test, and Education. In addition, all finalists were considered for the following featured awards: Community’s Choice, LabVIEW FPGA Innovation, sponsored by Xilinx, Green Engineering, Humanitarian, Editor’s Choice, and the Customer Application of the Year.

 

So, which engineers took home these awards? Dave Wilson, NI director of corporate marketing and academic segment, gave the audience an overview of each and every finalist’s application before revealing the big winners.

 

Advanced Research

 

Winner (also Customer Application of the Year and LabVIEW FPGA Winner): FPGA-Based Feedback Control of a Single Atom Trajectory by Christian Sames from the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Finalist: Using LabVIEW and PXI to Measure the Temperature and Density of Fusion Plasmas on a Tokamak COMPASS by Milan Aftanas from the Institute of Plasma Physics AS CR, v.v.i.

 

photo (6).JPGCustomer Application of the Year Winner, Christian Sames, With Michael Dams From NI Germany

 

Advanced Control Systems

 

Winner: Positioning Actuators for the European Extremely Large Telescope Primary Mirror With LabVIEW and PXI Hardware by Miguel Núñez from Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Finalist: Developing a Solar-Powered Milk Chiller With LabVIEW and NI Single-Board RIO by Sorin Grama from Promethean Power Systems

Finalist: Powering Remote Villages with Revolutionary Airborne Wind Technology Using NI CompactRIO by Matt Bennett from Windlift

 

Automated Test

 

Winner: Texas Instruments Increases Firmware Test Platform Throughput, Coverage, and Reliability with NI Hardware and Software by Sambit Panigrahi from Texas Instruments

Finalist: Using NI FlexRIO to Develop a Cost-Effective Solution for 3D and HD Video by Mauro Arigossi from Alfamation

 

Education

 

Winner: MIT Students Use LabVIEW and CompactRIO to Design and Implement a Dynamic Output Feedback Controller by Professor Jonathan How and Brandon Luders from MIT

Finalist: Using LabVIEW, CompactRIO, and PXI to Study Renewable Energy Sources by Prof. Peric and Prof. Željko Ban from University of Zagreb

 

Embedded Monitoring

 

Winner: Remotely Assessing the Structural Health of the LIRR Railroad Viaduct by Jim Campbell, Brian Lander, and Dan Fridline from Viewpoint Systems and STRAAM Corporation

Finalist: Creating a Distributed Wireless Monitoring System for Aircraft Noise by Luis Pastor Sánchez from Center for Computing Research, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Life Sciences

 

Winner: Using NI FlexRIO to Develop a High-Speed, Compact OCT Imaging System by Takuya Suzuk from Santec Corporation

Finalist (also Humanitarian and Editor's Choice Winner): Developing the World’s First Real-Time 3D OCT Medical Imaging System With NI FlexRIO by Dr. Kohji Ohbayashi from Kitasato University

 

Robotics

 

Winner: Simulation Software Improves Design Process for Robotic Manipulator by Lisa Mosier

Finalist (also Community’s Choice Winner): Developing a Leg-Wheel Hybrid Mobile Robot Using LabVIEW and CompactRIO by Pei-Chun Lin, Shen-Chiang Chen, Ke Jung Huang, Shuan-Yu Shen, and Cheng-Hsin from National Taiwan University

 

Validation Test

 

Winner: Using LabVIEW, PXI, and CompactRIO to Rapidly Develop Structural Test Systems for a Space Exploration Vehicle by Dave Baker from G Systems

Finalist (also Green Engineering Award Winner): Using CompactRIO and LabVIEW to Verify the Design and Test the Durability of a Wind Turbine Drive Train by Rasmus Vistisen and Morten Petersen from Vestas Wind Systems and CIM Industrial

 

>> Congratulations to all the winners! Read more about their applications here.

Prepping to take the Certified LabVIEW Developer exam? NI has provided a convenient, half-hour webcast to brush test-takers up on exam objectives, logistics, and resources; exam format and evaluation criteria; and useful technical information, such as development guidelines, tips, and recommendations.The webcast will clue you in on all things CLD, including the Sequencer theme CLD exam projects are based on, LabVIEW design patterns, and timing methods to help pace yourself through the test. Include this resource when studying, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a CLD.

 

>> Check out the webcast here.

Money in the bank. That’s what we’re talking about at NI. And that’s what you’ll have when you enroll in one of the training courses or certification exams available at NIWeek 2011. With savings up to $100 on 12 exams and $1,099 on six courses, these training options will build and validate your development skills without draining your wallet.  Here’s the run-down: 

 

Start your NIWeek experience off with a bang. Gain in-depth product knowledge, learn best practices for developing applications, and earn 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) by taking one of the following training courses. All options are two-day modules running from Sunday, July 31 to Monday, August 1:

 

  • Object-Oriented Design and Programming in LabVIEW
  • RF Application Development (condensed)
  • Managing Software Engineering in LabVIEW
  • NI TestStand II
  • LabVIEW Real-Time 2
  • LabVIEW Connectivity

 

Put your skills to the test. Certification and one-hour recertification exams are available for NI TestStand, NI LabVIEW software, and NI LabWindows™/CVI. Exam prep courses are offered at no additional cost.

 

Certification Exam Prep Courses:

  • Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD): Monday, August 1, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA): Monday, August 1, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

 

Exam Schedule:

 

Exam Name
Monday, August 1
Tuesday, August 2 - Thursday, August 4
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified LabVIEW Architect Recertification (CLA-R)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified LabVIEW Developer Recertification (CLD-R)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified TestStand Architect (CTA)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified TestStand Developer (CTD)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA)
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD)
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Certified LabWindows/CVI Developer (CCVID)
1:00-5:00 p.m.

 

 

>> Seating is limited, so register today.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.