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Explore the 2012 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards

The 2012 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards received more than 120 submissions from authors in 20 countries. A judging committee of NI technical experts reviewed the papers and selected the contest finalists and winners. You can view the category winners and finalists and read their award-winning papers below.

2012 Customer Application of the Year

Control of a Heart Simulator with CompactRIO
Read how researchers at the University of Leeds used NI CompactRIO and LabVIEW to develop a realistic, reliable, and reconfigurable testing environment to advance and improve a novel heart assist device without the need for animal testing.

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2012 Application Category Winners and Finalists

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: Building a Nanomeasuring Machine Using LabVIEW and NI PXI
Finalist: UC San Diego Uses LabVIEW and NI Single-Board RIO to Build an Agile Mobile Robot


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: Developing an EMC Desktop Evaluation System Using a New Measurement Technique, Editor's Choice Award recipient
Finalist: Cleaning Up Dirty RF: RF/Communication Physical Layer Research With LabVIEW and NI USRP


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: Using LabVIEW, NI TestStand, and PXI to Test a Medical Glucose Meter and Insulin Delivery System Within a Regulated Manufacturing Environment

Finalist: Emulating System Controller CPLD for Automated RF Daughter Board Test



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: Creating a Real-Time Simulator for Power Quality Signals, NI Community's Choice Award recipient

Finalist: Measuring and Analyzing the Effects of Waves in an Experimental Basin Using PXI Express



Applications in this category discuss how engineers effectively integrate dynamic measurements and advanced analysis as well as embedded control and monitoring systems into their energy applications to ensure safe, optimized operation.

Winner: Bringing Mobile Phone Coverage to Rural Areas With a Green, Off-Grid Energy Solution

Finalist: Developing a Fracturing Pump Controller Using NI LabVIEW, Compact FieldPoint, and CompactRIO, Recipient of the LabVIEW FPGA Innovation Award Presented by Xilinx


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: Control of a Heart Simulator with CompactRIO, 2012 Application of the Year and Humanitarian Award recipient

Finalist: Using NI FlexRIO for Photoacoustic Quantitative Ultrasound

Finalist: Developing a Mobile X-ray Imaging System for Diagnosis Using LabVIEW Software and NI Hardware


Structural and Physical Test and Monitoring

Examples in this category demonstrate how engineers are using NI hardware and software tools together to quickly develop and customize systems to perform any test on any structure.

Winner: University of Nevada Researchers Use LabVIEW, PXI, and CompactRIO to Measure the Effects of Earthquakes on Bridges

Finalist: Developing an Engine Connecting Rod Fatigue Test System Based on CompactRIO



Applications in this category use NI hardware and software for design, test, and control for planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of these applications include rapid engine control unit (ECU) prototyping, machine condition monitoring of vehicle components, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, and in-vehicle logging.

Winner: Siemens Uses CompactRIO, LabVIEW, and DIAdem to Determine the Root Cause of Damaging High-Voltage Transients

Finalist: Automated Dynamometer Testing of an Advanced In-Wheel Electric Drive System for Electric Vehicles, 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: Kinesthesia: A Kinect-Based Rehabilitation and Surgical Analysis System




Multicore Award presented by Intel, Recipient: Using NI PXI Modular Instruments and LabVIEW to Build UHF RFID Development Platforms,