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.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a profound effect on the discipline of system design. Product design, manufacturing and infrastructure are all affected by this technology evolution. So how are the students of today being prepared for the complexity of our interconnected future? Hear more about the ways that NI is partnering with educators and academic researchers to bring the vision of IoT to reality.
Review the successes and lessons learned from the implementation of the LabVIEW Academy program over the last five years at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science at Politehnica University of Bucharest in Romania. Explore key points for curriculum integration within a course for industrial measurement systems and hear best practices for academia-industry collaboration on virtual instrumentation teaching and certification of future engineers. Also examine the overall impact of this initiative, student feedback, and future development at one of the largest LabVIEW academies in Eastern and Central Europe.
Engineering education pedagogy focuses largely on the composition of practical skills, such as laboratory exercises and project work. At the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS), NI products such as myDAQ, myRIO, the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS), and CompactRIO are used for teaching as well as research activities. In winter 2014, CUAS launched its Lab at Home initiative that provides myDAQ devices for each student. In combination with online learning methods, students are encouraged to do their lab exercises at home and at a self-chosen time thanks to the free availability of NI student software.
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.
As part of a practicum course, students were required to perform a three-week product design based on myRIO. The wide-open design space was a new experience for most. Teams created a variety of projects including a vision targeting Nerf turret gun, a motion-activated music synthesizer, an accelerometer-controlled labyrinth game, an automated drink-mixing system, and a light- and motion-controlled mini blind. The approach proved effective in getting students motivated to create new products and push their own limits. Results at the end of the cycle exceeded all expectations.
Explore how the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering (DECE) at Tampere University of Technology in Finland used myDAQ in bachelor-level university studies of electronics. These students are motivated to do hands-on work from the beginning of their studies, but the hands-on studies were previously limited to a few lab hours. To increase student motivation, DECE gave myDAQ devices to all the students, which greatly benefitted their learning. At this session, hear the results from the first year of this program.
Discover how embedded and Capstone courses at the University of Virginia are incorporating myRIO to present advanced concepts in visually guided robotics. Also learn how the new UVA Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course features VirtualBench as an integral part of the combined lecture/lab environment.
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.
Explore the teaching practices and academic work based on NI platforms at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China.
Discover how to help a user achieve deterministic sampling rates on myRIO hardware and verify this accomplishment. Also compare control algorithms using the RTOS-based myRIO versus a non-real-time platform by using the ECP Torsion System incorporated in the Control Systems Laboratory course at the University of Colorado.
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.
Signals and Systems is a fundamental course in undergraduate engineering taught in several disciplines, including electrical, computer, mechanical, and biomedical engineering. The topics are considered challenging and many of the topics are abstract. They are often presented without demonstrating the usefulness of the theory in solving real world problems. This session provides a preview of a set of LabVIEW visualizations for the Engineering Signals and Systems textbook, by Ulaby and Yagle. See how LabVIEW is the best medium for making complicated mathematical theory more approachable for the students, helping to develop deeper intuition and understanding of signals and systems.
With reduced times for product development, developers need tools to save time and expense through simulation instead of hardware prototyping. The LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module helps developers simulate designs before making costly and time-consuming prototypes. The simulation models can also be used for real-time test with NI’s test instruments. At this session, a Chua’s circuit is used to demonstrate the versatility of LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation. The nonlinear random dynamic behavior shows how this module can analyze complex systems.
Discover how you can use LabVIEW system design software to easily design, prototype, and deploy a wireless communications system with the USRP software defined radio (SDR) platform. Build a simple spectrum analyzer, demodulate over-the-air broadcast FM radio, and explore a wireless digital communication system using this flexible SDR platform that scales from education to research applications.
VirtualBench incorporates five of the most popular laboratory instruments into a single device for easy setup and use. An advanced, modern PC- and tablet-based interface collects, visualizes, and presents measurements to give students instant access to results. Add VirtualBench to a teaching lab so students have the opportunity to learn the same test methodologies and technologies used in industry.
The NI solution for teaching circuits and electronics gives students the ability to move seamlessly from theory to simulation to experimentation by combining educational hardware that is based on industry-standard technology with Multisim circuit simulation software and courseware. Within Multisim, educational features such as interactive components, 3D breadboarding, and hardware integration give students the ability to apply theory to real-world scenarios.
Taking a hands-on approach to studying digital logic can be difficult even without having to learn complex hardware descriptive languages such as VHDL. Using the Multisim Programmable Logic Diagram (PLD) along with support for leading Digilent teaching hardware, educators can teach students the theory while students put it into practice.
Microcontrollers are widely used in embedded systems applications. By combining them with analog electronics from leading semiconductor manufacturers, engineers can achieve complete system innovation. At this session, learn how you can use Multisim, the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS), and the chipKIT Cmod microcontroller board to simulate and implement real designs in the laboratory of MCU applications.
Preparing laboratory experiments can be time-consuming. Quanser developers understand the time constraints of teaching and research professors, so they included a new generation of mix-and-match, rich digital media courseware with the QUBE-Servo experiment that educators can easily adapt to a specific course. At this hands-on session, try this courseware and experiment with lab hardware.
The Quanser QNET Mechatronics Sensors Add-On Board for the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) steps students through the physical properties of the 10 most commonly used analog and digital sensors to help them evaluate sensors for future applications. Attend this hands-on session to get a taste of the full hardware, software, and courseware teaching experience.
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.
Using the myRIO embedded platform, students can easily interface with a vast array of sensors, actuators, and other devices as they design systems that interact with the “outside“ world. One common device used in embedded projects is a camera. At this session, learn how to use myRIO to communicate with a USB camera and implement image processing algorithms. Discover how to add “eyes” to your myRIO project.
Gain hands-on experience with integrated NI hardware and software by prototyping a real-time wireless system using the LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite and the USRP reconfigurable I/O (RIO) FPGA-based software defined radio (SDR). Design, simulate, and prototype an LTE-based real-time OFDM link on a high-performance FPGA and transmit data over the air using the link you design on the USRP RIO SDR. This session covers the most important aspects of the idea-to-prototype flow in a single tool, including floating-point simulation, floating-point to fixed-point conversion, performance-complexity trade-offs, and, finally, verification and test on an FPGA-based SDR.
Luxation occurs between the femur and pelvis when the femoral head is dislocated from the pelvic cup. One technique to stabilize a dislocated hip in dogs is toggle-suture-construct; this involves replacing ligaments with a suture connected to a toggle rod. To decrease the need for animal testing to characterize the efficacy of these reduction techniques, the Coxofemoral Ambulation Simulator was developed. A physiologically relevant motion solution was created by using LabVIEW SoftMotion software and CompactRIO hardware to create a dual-axis, closed-loop system capable of real-time feedback and the ability to re-create in situ-like conditions.
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.
The semiconductor manufacturing industry is experiencing a critical upgrade. To meet the new standards of silicon wafer production and processing, vibration control of wafer handling robots must break new ground because conventional methods have reached their limits. This work presents a direct vibration cancellation method for semiconductor manufacturing robots. With a vibrotactile transducer on the wafer holder, the vibration can be significantly reduced without adversely affecting the tracking accuracy of the wafer handling motion. A myRIO system is used for fast control prototyping.
The EU BioMechTools project aims to create tools to predict the outcome of orthopedic surgery. One of these tools is a system that can measure bone kinematics in patients. This system will be developed at Universiteit Twente. To validate the researchers’ assumption that ultrasound can be used to get a “point cloud” of bone locations while the subject is moved, they made a test setup using LabVIEW and myRIO and connected it to a myRIO-connected pulser. This setup has enabled them to successfully test algorithms in under a year and gave them confidence to progress to a complete setup.
The Linkbot is a powerful addition to the roboRIO hardware ecosystem. Barobo engineers have worked closely with Andy Chang and his NI team to make the Linkbot a plug-and-play experience with roboRIO. With the drag-and-drop subVIs in LabVIEW and communication over USB, students and teachers spend less time on setup and more time on learning. At this session, view a demo of two to four Linkbots assembled in a mobile platform to understand the controls plant, gripper, walker, and automation. Discover how LabVIEW and Linkbots are taking classroom learning to a whole new level.
This work resulted in the initial electrochemical platform that uses graphical programming techniques to detect and monitor a contaminant such as metformin in water systems. The system includes an electrochemical cell to induce redox reactions, which generates V-to-I data. A triangular signal applied to induce the current gains and peaks over the cell on a cyclic basis. Potassium ferricyanide is used as a benchmark solution to test the device. The platform uses standard and IC potentiostats developed in the lab at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. LabVIEW software and myRIO hardware control the prototype.
Teaching and learning at Tsinghua University have evolved recently. Two courses especially are in the forefront of the reform, which focuses on “learning by doing.” Students are divided into two- to three-person groups, and each group uses its learned knowledge to complete a challenging project. For example, groups have built a Segway using myRIO, an autonomous-balanced bicycle using CompactRIO, and a humanoid robot using roboRIO. At this session, discover how Tsinghua University educators are teaching their students how to determine their project topics and realize their problem-driven learning process.
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.
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.
PACMAN, a study on Particle Accelerator Components’ Metrology and Alignment to the Nanometre scale, is an Innovative Doctoral Program, funded by the European Commission, hosted by CERN, providing high quality training to 10 Early Stage Researchers working towards a PhD. It is a multi-disciplinary project covering fields as beam instrumentation, magnetic measurements, metrology, micrometric accuracy alignment and nano precision mechanics. National Instruments, as partner of the PACMAN network, is hosting two Early Stage Researchers, Silvia Zorzetti and Natalia Galindo Munoz, in order to provide them industrial training for a 3-month period. The NI PXI technology is applied to their standalone test bench developed at CERN for acquisition, automatic measurements and controls.
The Nab experiment is being constructed to run at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Lab, and will measure the electron-neutrino correlation term for neutron beta decay to a relative precision of 0.1%. The data acquisition system has been designed around National Instruments' PXIe-5171R Reconfigurable Oscilloscope, which offers 8 14-bit, 250 MS/s ADCs supported by a Kintex-7 410T FPGA. The deep memory banks adjacent to the FPGA allows for an architecture in which the level-2 logic can be omitted in lieu of a large, continuous ring-buffer from which waveforms can be retrieved. Using LabVIEW and LabVIEW FPGA, the full Nab DAQ has been developed and meets the required specifications.