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Preview the newest product solutions for hands-on learning and reinforcing concepts in mechanical, electrical, biomedical, and RF and communications engineering. Visit laboratories to see how other educators are integrating these solutions into their courses.
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Georgia Tech incorporates myDAQ into four required lecture-based courses that impact over 1,000 students per term: Digital Logic, Circuits, Signals and Systems, and Circuits for Non-Majors. Integrating myDAQ into hands-on learning during those courses helps students understand the most abstract or theoretical concepts. Assessment has shown that these minilabs during regular class periods while students are at their desks improve performance on tests and increase knowledge retention. At this session, explore how Georgia Tech implemented myDAQ in various laboratories.
Explore a control algorithm using LabVIEW and NI USRP™ that first characterizes a linear accelerator subharmonic bunching cavity within a broad frequency window to find the peak magnitude. The window then recenters about the peak and successively narrows until the resonance point is found within 6 kHz. A PID control loop using phase comparison then tracks and responds to resonance changes of a few hertz. If the change in cavity resonance exceeds the limit of the PID control, the control window broadens and the process is repeated.
Using LabVIEW software and NI DAQ instrumentation, University of Bern Physics Department faculty members take demonstrations to a new level by quantifying and controlling experiments at lecture time. They use LabVIEW to control standing acoustic waves in a tube to form a visual flame pattern, excite a wine glass with sound until it shatters, and measure the velocity of a ping pong ball accelerated to almost the speed of sound by the ambient air pressure. At this session, explore inspiring demonstrations performed with LabVIEW software and NI DAQ instrumentation.
Discover how Lawrence Tech faculty members designed a mechanical engineering curriculum based on NI products including myRIO, CompactRIO, and LabVIEW and how faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are following their lead. Their mission is to develop and establish a continuous learning environment that is impactful at all education levels by incorporating emerging NI technology in mechatronic systems engineering when applied to vehicle and robotics engineering.
Hands-on experimentation taught throughout the communications curriculum, beyond a single course, greatly enriches students' ability to innovate and contribute to scientific research. At this session, learn about a novel teaching pipeline approach that integrates hands-on system-level concepts at many points in the curriculum including the classroom, laboratory, lab homework, senior design course, and student innovation contest.
Learn about Texas A&M University's progress in establishing a controls laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Designed to familiarize students with the practical aspects of linear control system design, the lab offers eight different experiments that include data acquisition, modeling, model validation, simulation, and control design and implementation.
The professors in The University of Texas at Austin Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) incorporate NI tools into the Intro to BME and BME Design Project courses; Measurement and Instrumentation Lab; Biomedical Image, Signal, and Transport Process Lab; and Applications of BME Lab. Discover how students in these courses and labs learn the fundamentals of measurements and instrumentation and create biomedical measurement and signal processing applications by collecting, interpreting, and displaying physiological signals.
Poster: Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) is a hybrid approach that combines areas of information science and communication engineering. It leads to the system-level thinking of communication devices and opens up new opportunities. At this session, learn how faculty members at the Indian Institute of Technology used the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture for system-level design. Explore how they used the LabVIEW RIO architecture for teaching and research efforts in their new engineering curriculum. LabVIEW helped them with their Greenfield curriculum, which goes beyond traditional teaching to make learning exciting for students.
NI is committed to giving engineers of all ages and disciplines the tools to tackle the toughest challenges around the globe. The Student Design Showcase brings together students engineering a better world, from inexpensive medical devices to complex underwater autonomous vehicles, using the LabVIEW graphical development environment. Explore the top five competition finalists' applications.
Discover how students in the Energy Systems and Power Electronics Laboratory at Purdue-Indianapolis are using NI myDAQ to implement power electronics circuit control and accurate signal measurements. Also examine the programming challenges and hardware implementations for enabling seamless signal communications at the hardware and software level. The curriculum is designed for a semester-long power electronics course and its standard laboratory assignments. The course includes three group projects: AC-DC rectifiers, DC-DC choppers, and DC-AC inverters. Each of these projects builds on the other as students progress through the course and features mini-projects covering the basic core concepts of power electronics.
Though many schools are working to “flip” the classroom, Niagara College's Photonics Department is working to flip the lab. By giving students access to simulation tools and low-cost DAQ technology, such as NI Circuit Design Suite and myDAQ, they can take advantage of hands-on learning in their own homes. At this session, explore Niagara College's experiences using these resources and discover how the dynamics of the lab are changing and no longer entirely dependent on a college's physical laboratory schedule or resources. This program blurred the lines between book and lab work to help students “do engineering” anywhere.
Poster: Examine the speed and range limitations of conventional atomic force microscopes and how they are difficult to overcome simultaneously. Learn how researchers used control techniques to combine several long-range/slow and short-range/fast piezo actuators to achieve both their range and speed requirements. The controllers were implemented with NI hardware and software. A high-throughput (20 MHz) image acquisition system was also developed on a PXI Express platform to enable video rate imaging. The result is a unique long-range and video rate atomic force microscope.
Learn how 4K Academy staff members have incorporated NI tools in the academy's five-year-old homeschooling program. They are using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® myDAQ, and LabVIEW to engage students. Hear 4K Academy staff and students discuss some of the successes and challenges of their homeschooling programs that feature NI technology.
Explore a new device to help transfer mobility-limited patients, particularly heavier patients. The mobile and untethered device is actuated by a form of electrohydraulic pump control. Mounted on a wheeled base, the machine currently offers vertical and horizontal actuation and will soon feature two additional differential drive wheels. The actuation includes a separate DC electric motor, hydraulic pump, and hydraulic actuator for each degree of freedom. It is operated with a force-sensing input handle mounted near the patient, controlled by a CompactRIO module and servo drives, and powered by onboard batteries.
Measurement Engineering is a mandatory undergraduate mechanical engineering course for students at TU Dortmund University in Germany. Before presenter Frank Walther took over the course and subsequently earned the teaching award for best lecturer, it focused on theoretical teaching, and the failure rate on exams was up to 70 percent. With a new, practice-oriented approach and the latest measurement technology methods, this hands-on experience leads 200 students working in small groups through the interactive processing and representation of measurands using LabVIEW and myDAQ hardware modules.
Engineers have used NI and AWR integrated solutions, including the AWR Design Environment, the Visual System Simulator, PXI hardware, and LabVIEW software, to develop iMotion radar sensors for applications such as tumor tracking, structural health monitoring, indoor localization, and smart gesture control. Researchers at the University of Florida, UCLA, University at Buffalo-SUNY, and Deakin University among others are using iMotion radar devices for civil and biomedical applications. At this session, learn how to use NI and AWR tools throughout the development phase-from link budget to schematic design to layout to electronic characterization to field test. Also briefly review the NI- and AWR-based microwave education curriculum at Texas Tech University.
Real-time hybrid simulation (RTHS) is a time-efficient and cost-effective experimental technique for dynamically evaluating the performance of complex and load-rate-dependent structural, mechanical, and aerospace systems. It couples physical testing with computer simulation in real time. At this session, explore RTHS implementation and verification using a recently developed user-programmable computational/control platform. This platform incorporates FPGA technology with an NI PXI controller, enables the user to implement user-defined control laws with complete transparency, and provides ample computational resources to execute RTHS algorithms. This session also examines the advantages and challenges of using NI PXI FPGA systems in RTHS.
Measurement and control are essential functions in chemical processes. By using LabVIEW and the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite II (NI ELVIS II), chemical engineering students interface a variety of sensors (temperature, pH, flow, conductivity, strain gage, and so on) applied directly to chemical processes. They then use the measurements to control an array of devices (valves, pumps, heaters, and so on) using logic and PID control. At this session, learn how students use this fundamental approach to broaden their understanding of calibration, data presentation, analysis, simulation, and the integration of multiple components into a control system. Also explore some student projects.
The massive open online courses (MOOCs) trend is redefining the concept of traditional classroom education. At this discussion panel, four pioneering professors share their success stories and experiences with “flipped” classrooms. By leveraging MOOCs and standardizing on the NI teaching platform for circuits and electronics, these professors from leading universities offer a flexible hands-on learning approach that improves pass rates and increases student satisfaction.
MAC layer communications are most commonly taught with simulation using ideal models instead of a real wireless physical layer. At this session, explore an innovative new approach for teaching MAC layer concepts incorporating software defined radio (SDR) to build a real over-the-air wireless link. This course forms the foundation for further study in key research areas including wireless networking and security, which are some of the most challenging aspects of a wireless network to simulate or model.
At NIWeek 2013, NI released myRIO so students can apply NI's industry-grade reconfigurable I/O (RIO) technology to their projects. NI specifically designed myRIO to ensure that students could be successful quickly with full access to the power of NI RIO. NI's vision is for students to complete sophisticated and relevant projects faster than ever before. Learn about some of the engineering courses around the world featuring myRIO that are already living up to this vision.
Discover how faculty and students in the Alcohol Separation Unit at Oklahoma State University used NI products to successfully demonstrate biofuel production. The pilot plant is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that features NI DAQ hardware and LabVIEW software. The facility not only demonstrates ethanol production but also helps OSU faculty and students understand chemical processes and control systems. Learn how NI hardware and software are helping them produce renewable energy in Oklahoma farms and advance engineering and process control education.
The Robotic Operating System (ROS) is an increasingly popular method for communication and control within robotic systems. Largely limited to use in Linux and to programming in C++ or Python, the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University has built a ROS client library in LabVIEW, with the hopes of increasing the accessibility of ROS. At this session, explore ROS fundamentals, the Tufts implementation, and a demo on its use.
Learn about presenter Professor Michael Weir's quest to get a LabVIEW course approved as a curriculum elective in Florida Atlantic University's engineering and computer science departments. From initial concept to running the elective, Weir shares information about his first pitch, curriculum submission, and teaching experience.
Learn about a text-to-speech converter that can read ASCII text files (.txt), JPEG images, and text entered directly from the same graphical interface of the application. It can create audio books from these text sources as well as convert text into Braille codification and deploy it in a file on the most common text processors such as Microsoft Word. Lastly, the application can store the computerized reading in the WAV audio file format.
NI and Opal-RT have partnered to provide word-class educational tools for power electronics control and simulation. Combining the strengths of the NI hardware and software platforms with Opal-RT's intellectual property for modeling and simulation helps students seamlessly move from circuit design in Multisim to control algorithm development in LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation to controller deployment on myRIO to hardware-in-the-loop test. Because of the NI and Opal-RT partnership, students can explore the full design-V for power electronics in a way never before possible.
The advent of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has generated a wide range of course content and educational opportunities. Learn how UC Berkeley is taking on the challenge of delivering an on-campus course, EECS 149: Introduction to Embedded Systems, to the edX MOOC platform. The course introduces students to the modeling, design, and analysis of cyber-physical systems and leverages multiple LabVIEW models of computation.
Explore how a UK university physics department used and taught LabVIEW as well as established a LabVIEW Academy in fall 2013. Department faculty developed the course material and purchased several NI myDAQ devices. They also designed a plug-in I/O card for the NI myDAQ device to complement the course material.
Automation professors have tried a variety of ways to expand coverage and generate appropriate learning spaces. One way is to develop virtual spaces where teachers and students can interact. At this session, learn about the initiative to create virtual simulators for overcoming the limited number of computers in university automation laboratories-specifically at Universidad EAFIT. Based on this need, simulation models of existing machines were created to increase the efficiency of equipment use, so some of them are unique and costly to produce.
Examine how University of Virginia faculty used an NI myRIO device as part of an accelerated January course in advanced embedded computing. This course met for 10 days and resulted in three hours of upper-level academic credit. Faculty introduced students to LabVIEW using the Core 1 and Core 2 materials and then moved into advanced embedded concepts such as real-time FIFOs and Timed Loops using NI myRIO. They also developed adapters for pedagogy-based embedded concepts with this device. At the end of the course, students took the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam with an 80 percent pass rate.