The NIWeek Academic Forum is the only event that unites educators, researchers, and students from around the world during the industry’s premier graphical system design conference to share best practices in engineering and science education, discuss the future of engineering and research, and network with colleagues and professionals.
See the newest solutions by attending a technical, hands-on or poster session. Attend the Academic Forum Expo to hear from poster speakers and network with partners. Visit a local laboratory to see how educators are integrating these solutions into their courses.
NI created the myRIO embedded platform to help students design real, complex engineering systems more quickly than ever before. Learn how to achieve this reality with myRIO and the new nPoints.com website. Also play the role of the student and solve a design challenge with a team in two hours.
Future engineers face the challenge of developing new and advanced industrial systems in less time and with limited resources. This requires in-depth practical experience with real-world sensors and systems within a new educational concept. During the course, students have to develop a fully functional coffee maker based on a prototype setup with commercial sensors, actuators, and the myRIO platform. At this session, hear how this real-world hands-on engineering project includes all major design and development steps ranging from the concept phase and early implementations to testing and documentation as well as evaluation of the data gathered during the tests.
Teaching 400 engineering students DAQ and experimental methods with a practical LabVIEW course is challenging. At this session, Dr. Andy Weightman shares his experience teaching mechanical and aerospace engineering students about measurements and control all in one semester using mobile robots and quadcopters.
The Maker Movement is starting to have a big impact on the world of education. Much earlier in their academic journeys, students are using new technologies that are more accessible, lower cost, and faster to learn with the goal of completing new innovative design ideas. At this panel discussion, get insight into this emerging trend from three leading universities in that space: MIT, Georgia Tech, and Tufts.
A mission-critical operations trainer can be controlled with either a myRIO device or an embedded programmable logic controller (PLC) without any physical or wiring modifications to the system. All sensors and effectors are wired to both devices, which are under the command of a separate and transparent myRIO supervisory controller that modulates outputs when necessary to protect the plant equipment. This allows you to use a single trainer to teach RIO-based control with LabVIEW or C, and/or PLC ladder logic. An example was built out of a two-car, three-floor elevator containing eight actuators, 22 sensors, 14 switch inputs, and 14 indicators.
In modern fusion experiments, magnetic field measurements are made by integrating the loop voltage of inductive pickup loops. A major challenge for the next generation tokamak experiment, ITER, is that the high gain, active integrators typically used are inherently unstable over the hour-long timescale ITER is expected to operate. Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. (EHT) has developed a long-pulse integrator that exceeds the ITER integration error and pulse duration specifications. To maintain integrator stability, the EHT integrator is periodically re-zeroed. Real-time processing of the integrator output is required to use the magnetic signal in a control loop. EHT has selected a National Instruments FlexRio FPGA and Adapter Module to control the integrator, digitize the integrator output, and perform the real-time data processing. The LabVIEW FPGA code allows for parallel processing of the data with processing times less than 1 µs. The PXIe backplane allows for high-speed data streaming directly to the hard drive for storage or to another FPGA for tokamak control via peer-to-peer streaming.
Discover a new approach to designing PID controllers for linear control systems based on frequency-response measurements. This approach does not require mathematical system models, such as a transfer function or state-space model, and can handle the design process directly from a small set of frequency-domain data. Explore how you can apply this methodology to real-world applications and review an example of experimental PID controller design for a servomechanism system using NI and Quanser products that can be included in the future laboratory experiment manuals offered by NI and Quanser.