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Explore the 2011 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards

The 2011 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards received 130 submissions from authors in 20 countries. A judging committee of NI technical experts reviewed the papers and selected the contest finalists and winners. Browse the category winners and finalists and read their submissions below.

2011 Customer Application of the Year

Implementing FPGA-Based Feedback Control of a Single Atom With LabVIEW and NI FlexRIO
Read how researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics used NI FlexRIO and the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module to build a powerful and versatile custom instrument to implement feedback control for systems as small as a single atom interacting with single photons.

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2011 Application Category Winners and Finalists

Advanced Research

Examples in this category include how research institutions and laboratories investigate and validate the viability of conceptual technologies using graphical system design techniques.
Winner: Implementing FPGA-Based Feedback Control of a Single Atom With LabVIEW and NI FlexRIO, NI LabVIEW FPGA Innovation Award Presented by Xilinx recipient, 2011 Application of the Year
Finalist:Using LabVIEW and PXI to Measure the Temperature and Density of Fusion Plasmas on a Tokamak COMPASS


Advanced Control Systems
Examples in this category include how engineers develop new control systems or optimize existing industrial systems using NI programmable automation controllers (PACs) to enhance operation, increase throughput, and/or reduce operating costs.
Winner: Positioning Actuators for the European Extremely Large Telescope Primary Mirror With LabVIEW and PXI Hardware
Finalist: Developing a Solar-Powered Milk Chiller With LabVIEW and NI Single-Board RIO
Finalist: Powering Remote Villages with Revolutionary Airborne Wind Technology Using NI CompactRIO


Automated Test
Applications in this category exhibit innovation in test system design with software-defined instrumentation and address challenges such as increasing efficiency, maximizing throughput, and/or ensuring production or verification quality.

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

Finalist: Using NI FlexRIO to Develop a Cost-Effective Solution for 3D and HD Video



Examples in this category show how universities are using NI hardware and software to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom.

Winner: MIT Students Use LabVIEW and CompactRIO to Design and Implement a Dynamic Output Feedback Controller

Finalist: Using LabVIEW, CompactRIO, and PXI to Study Renewable Energy Sources


Embedded Monitoring

Applications in this category discuss how engineers effectively integrate dynamic measurements and advanced analysis into their machines and facilities to ensure safe, optimized operation.

Winner: Remotely Assessing the Structural Health of the LIRR Railroad Viaduct

Finalist: Creating a Distributed Wireless Monitoring System for Aircraft Noise



Life Sciences

Examples in this category include how engineers, scientists, chemists, and biologists design, prototype, and deploy PC-based or portable technologies for medical devices and life science research.

Winner: Using NI FlexRIO to Develop a High-Speed, Compact OCT Imaging System

Finalist: Developing the World's First Real-Time 3D OCT Medical Imaging System With NI FlexRIO
Humanitarian Award, and Editor's Choice Award Recipient



Examples in this category include industrial robotics manipulation, unmanned systems design, agriculture, search and rescue, service robots, and other advanced

Winner: LabVIEW NI SoftMotion Module and SolidWorks Improve the Design Process

Finalist: Developing a Leg-Wheel Hybrid Mobile Robot Using LabVIEW and CompactRIO, Community's Choice Award recipient


Validation Test

Applications in this category demonstrate innovative test system design to validate the quality, performance, and safety of mechanical and electrical components.

Winner: Using LabVIEW, PXI, and CompactRIO to Rapidly Develop Structural Test Systems for a Space Exploration Vehicle

Finalist: Using CompactRIO and LabVIEW to Verify the Design and Test the Durability of a Wind Turbine Drive Train Green Engineering Award Recipient


Student Design Showcase

Examples in this category feature student projects that use LabVIEW and graphical system design tools. Topics include student senior design and capstone design projects.

Winner: Using LabVIEW to Develop a 3D Display System


NI LabVIEW FPGA Student Innovation Award Presented By Xilinx, Recipient: Creating a Navigation and Autopilot System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using NI Single-Board RIO and NI LabVIEW