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Keynote - Using a Platform-Based Approach to Create the Internet of Things
NI
Francis Griffiths, Senior Vice President, Regional Sales and Marketing, NI
Together, you and NI are using a platform-based approach to overcome escalating complexity and create the Internet of Things. Francis will explore how the NI vision is empowering engineers and scientists to make this trend a reality.
Casper Klop, Northern Europe Marketing Manager, NI
Join Casper as he explores the latest advances in the NI platform and how you are using them to speed up test, reach measurement decisions faster and enable smarter machines in the IoT. The keynote will feature live demonstrations of application examples and the technology powering real-world IoT systems such as wireless test, data management, condition monitoring and communications system design.
 
 
Morning Break and Exhibition
 
 
A Discussion About the Future of LabVIEW (45 mins)
LabVIEW has helped engineers across almost every region, market, and industry make a marked improvement to their everyday productivity as it relates to automating measurements. At this session, explore the future of LabVIEW, where NI is investing, and what improvements you should expect in the near future.
 
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Software and System Development
 
From Post-It® Note to Product (45 mins)
Mike Bailey, Software Manager, Cobalt Light Systems
Take a walk through the creation of a product from initial design through the UX(user experience) and UI designs to the underlying architecture and the rationale behind the choices. Discover how collaboration with a graphic design company, and size and power constraints have influenced the development process.
 
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Software and System Development
 
Introducing New Technologies to Enable the Industrial Internet of Things (45 mins)
Erik Van Hitlen, Senior Technical Marketing Engineering, NI
Learn about the new NI technology for embedded control and monitoring applications. Products include the latest CompactRIO and Single-Board RIO controllers, the new standalone Controller for FlexRIO, and the latest C Series I/O modules. These devices incorporate new I/O providing advanced functionality. Attend this session to see some of this new technology in action and learn how it can enable your next application. 
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Process of Implementing a High Performance WLAN Semiconductor ATE using the NI Semiconductor Test System (45 mins)
Erwin Platter, Groupleader Test & Product Engineering,, NXP Semiconductors
With the onset of the Internet of Things and continued evolutions in wireless communication, the need for a powerful, flexible and cost effective RF ATE approach is growing. In this presentation you will hear from NXP how they implemented such a solution and what challenges they faced introducing the NI STS combined with NI's RF instrumentation.
 
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Automated Test
 
New Hardware Technologies for DAQ Applications (45 mins)
Johan Hillergren, Technical Marketing Engineer, NI
Whether your application involves taking a few voltage measurements, or a few hundred synchronized measurements, NI is constantly developing new technology to improve your ability to meet application requirements. Get a detailed look at new hardware releases, and a glimpse into the future of what the NI DAQ platform has to offer.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
Academic Keynote: Connecting Teaching, Research and Industry (45 mins)
Dave Wilson, Director of Academic Programs, NI
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. Collaboration with industry is essential for academic institutions to deliver impactful research and workforce ready students to this new interconnected future. Hear how NI is partnering with educators and academic researchers to bring the vision of IoT to reality.
Dr Andrew Weightman, Lecturer in Medical Mechatronics, University of Manchester
We will also hear how the University of Manchester overcame the challenge of teaching measurements and control to 400 mechanical and aerospace engineering students using mobile robots and quadcopters.
 
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Academic Track
 
Introduction to Software Defined Radio with LabVIEW Comms and USRP (45 mins)
Jeremy Twaits, Senior Marketing Engineer, RF & Communications, Northern Europe, NI
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 analyser, 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.
 
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5G Summit
 
Hands-On: Introduction to Graphical Programming and Data Acquisition (90 mins)
Even in a world full of immersive media, there is still no better way to learn new concepts than the hands-on experience. This session, geared toward new DAQ users and those wanting to evaluate the LabVIEW environment, explores how to program a measurement system to meet application-specific needs. Discover how to connect and acquire signals, perform inline analysis and file I/O, and build a rich user interface. Also get answers to your questions from NI engineers at the session.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW Real-Time (90 mins)
Learn how to quickly build and deploy embedded monitoring and control applications using CompactRIO and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Also, explore LabVIEW Real-Time features that increase flexibility and integration with the FPGA when programming with the RIO Scan Interface.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Industry Experts' Panel Discussion - How will Sensors, Software and Systems Define the Industrial Internet of Things? (45 mins)
Moderator: Dickon Ross, Editor-in-Chief, , E&T Magazine
Join Dickon Ross, editor-in-chief for The IET's Engineering & Technology magazine, and a panel of industry experts to explore the challenges involved in designing and building the IoT. The Industrial Internet of Things has evolved into an advanced network of products, systems and services which goes beyond machine-to-machine communications; nevertheless, engineers must figure out how and where their work fits into this picture. Through an open dialogue and lively debate, examine how engineers and scientists should approach the IoT and how they can shape the ecosystem in the future.
 
 
Report Generation Methods - From Toolkit to Template (45 mins)
Only an estimated 15 percent of Fortune 500 companies are prepared to use big data as a competitive advantage. Report generation goes a long way toward correcting this issue by making the results of your DAQ system consumable by others. In this session, examine the characteristics of an effective report, the most common report types, and common software architectures for generating reports. Learn from interactive demonstrations how to convert your data “problem” into a data “opportunity.”
 
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Software and System Development
 
Creating a Reliable and Flexible Control System for a New Class of Subsea Cable Survey and Inspection Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). (45 mins)
Lewis Gear, Systems Engineer, TBG Solutions
The survey and inspection of subsea cables is an important part of any cable’s installation and operational life. In this session learn how TBG Solutions developed a complex control system for a new class of subsea ROV using LabVIEW and Compact RIO.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Race to the Finish: Build an Automated Test System in 40 Minutes (45 mins)
Aaron Edgcumbe, Technical Marketing Engineer, NI
Creating an automated test executive and test code modules can be difficult when building them from scratch. NI provides building blocks in LabVIEW and TestStand that you can use to create more powerful systems more easily. See an NI engineer build an automated functional electronic test system live in just 40 minutes.
 
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Automated Test
 
Monitoring Brain Activity in Virtual Reality with Data Acquisition Hardware and LabVIEW (45 mins)
Dr. Jasper Poort, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London
The brain selectively processes behaviourally relevant visual objects. In this session we will learn how LabVIEW and NI PXI was used to control a high-speed 2-photon imaging microscope and a virtual reality environment. This setup allows for recording the activity of large populations of neurons in the visual cortex of mice to study changes in brain activity during learning of visually guided behavioural tasks.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
A Showcase of Student Innovation (45 mins)
Dan Vickers, Academic Field Sales Engineer, NI
Humanoid robots? Wearable sensors? Dolphin trackers? Artificial neural networks? Cyborg squids? Emergency crash alerts? This year, we were blown away by incredible innovations of UK undergraduates. We handpicked three award-winning students to demonstrate their final year projects and tell you what their really think about NI tools in the learning experience.
 
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Academic Track
 
Why is Dataflow Programming the Answer to Creating Robust Applications? (45 mins)
Tim Fellows, System Integrator, Livewires Automation
LabVIEW provides a dataflow programming environment capable of allowing developers to develop robust applications faster. In this session Tim Fellow will discuss the dataflow structures he recommends for various applications and how they can be used to create intuative interfaces for operators.
 
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Software and System Development
 
Processing at the Edge: Why a Platform Based Approach Is Ideal for the Industrial Internet of Things (45 mins)
Matthew Surridge, Applications Engineering Team Lead, NI
Control and monitoring systems for the Industrial Internet of Things are complex and need to scale with evolving requirements. We will discuss the fundamentals of the Industrial Internet of Things and how the LabVIEW Reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture will enable you to design, prototype, and deploy IIoT applications.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Don't Panic: A LabVIEW Developers Guide to TestStand (45 mins)
Chris Roebuck, Software Architect and Partner, Delacor
The tight integration between TestStand and LabVIEW can lead to projects becoming tightly coupled. It doesn’t have to be like that. Learn more about how a Queued Message Handler template can help developers create reusable, scalable LabVIEW modules that plug directly into TestStand but can just as easily be tested separately or deployed unchanged in stand-alone applications.
 
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Automated Test
 
Best Practices for Saving Measurement Data (45 mins)
Soloman Azizi, Applications Engineer, NI
You collect data to make decisions. However, an inefficient file format impedes  analysis. Choosing the right file format, such as TDMS, involves considering your current system requirements as well as ways to adapt to future needs. Hear how to select a file format; organise metadata; and analyse, report and share your results.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
Transforming Students into System Designers with myRIO (45 mins)
Beejal Shah, Academic Field Engineer, NI
Machine vision, advanced control, embedded image analysis, robot design – hear how NI is simplifying the teaching of these key engineering systems with the latest myRIO accessory kits and courseware. You will also hear how Loughborough University combined vision, control and robotics to unleash the Robot Table Football challenge – and revolutionised mechatronic education in the process!
 
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Academic Track
 
Hands-On: Build an Automated Test System with PXI and TestStand (90 mins)
Discover how to develop an automated test system using NI’s test solution to increase test development productivity and reduce overall costs. Learn to perform a functional test on multiple units under test with TestStand ready-to-run test management software and the PXI PC-based modular instrumentation platform.
 
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Automated Test
 
Volume Licence Manager Hands-On (90 mins) – Maximise Your Software Investment (45 mins)
As the use of any software grows within an organisation, challenges emerge with respect to license management. How to distribute licenses? How to prevent lost or forgotten licenses? NI has a solution in NI Volume License Manager. Learn how with this tool you can effectively managing NI software across your business.
 
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Software and System Development
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW FPGA (90 mins)
Take advantage of the power of reconfigurable FPGAs for custom timing/triggering, inline signal processing and fast closed-loop control. In this hands-on session, explore the basics of customising CompactRIO with LabVIEW FPGA Module programming. Attendees should have basic LabVIEW and LabVIEW Real-Time knowledge.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Building Basic Web Applications with LabVIEW (45 mins)
Integrating web technology into a LabVIEW application can be daunting, so this session builds on the basics, from the LabVIEW web server, HTTP, HTML, JavaScript, and AJAX to JavaScript libraries like Google Graphs. Walk through specific examples to learn these concepts and access the LabVIEW web development community to review examples on your own and continue your learning journey.
 
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Software and System Development
 
Learn how to Develop a Smart Production Line, Using LabVIEW and NI Hardware (45 mins)
Martin Griffiths, Senior Software Engineer, Metis Automation
In a Smart Production Line, all sections communicate with each other, to give you a deeper insight into your production process. This helps you to; reduce costs, optimise processes and increase product quality. However, proprietry and/or specialist production equipment can be difficult to integrate. Come and watch Martin Griffiths, CLA, as he takes you through the processes he's implemented to develop truly Smart Production Lines.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Create Without Limits: 4 Ways to Customise Your Software-Designed Instrument (45 mins)
Sacha Emery, Senior Systems Engineer (ATE), NI
Learn about new software features that you can use to quickly develop custom applications for software-designed instruments. These include NI-SCOPE support for NI’s recently released reconfigurable oscilloscopes, instrument driver FPGA extensions, and free application-specific examples from the NI Community. Discover how these provide an effective foundation for your custom solution.
 
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Automated Test
 
Prototyping with Software Defined Radio for Industry, Academic and Defence Applications (45 mins)
Jeremy Twaits, Senior Marketing Engineer, RF & Communications, Northern Europe, NI
As FPGAs become more powerful, software-defined radios have become more effective in advanced wireless prototyping. Key to their widespread use is a common tool flow from design to prototype to deployment. Topics include designing new waveforms, prototyping multi-channel systems, deployed spectrum monitoring, educational teaching solutions and 5G research.
 
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5G Summit
 
Developing The Train Zero For HIL Testing The Crossrail Trains (45 mins)
Colin Freeman, Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Bombardier have worked together to develop a model based design facility, known as Train Zero, to develop the next generation of rolling stock for Crossrail. Train Zero uses Veristand for Hardware-In-The-Loop testing prior to the first train being built, deploying real-time models of controllers, actuators, plant and sensors alongside real hardware.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
Test Cell Development: An Integrator's Perspective (45 mins)
David Catto, Head of Software, Austin Consultants
Nowadays, even moderately complex systems require tests to be run deterministically rather than just quickly. In this session Austin Consultants will draw upon their experience of using both TestStand and VeriStand together in various application areas to save clients time and money when developing test systems.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
Challenge the Champions (45 mins)
Chris Jones, Applications Engineering Specialist, NI
Now in it's third year, Challenge the Champions is back. In this fun session, we’ll place the top LabVIEW programmers from the top UK User Groups into two teams, and test them with a series of LabVIEW trivia questions and programming challenges. Come along to watch the battle, pick a side and see how you would fare.
 
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Software and System Development
 
Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership – Part 2- Deployment and After (45 mins)
NI
Reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a project does not finish when the system is deployed. Many systems using NI technology will need to be in service for many years and may need upgrading or maintaining. Part 2 covers considerations for TCO during and after the deployment of a system.
 
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Software and System Development
 
“Half the Size, Double the Fun” – An Embedded LabVIEW Approach to Controls Engineering (45 mins)
Mathis Baumert, Principal Engineer - Test Stations & Rigs, Intelligent Energy
Embedded systems like the compact RIO system are very popular due to their high degree of flexibility. This session will look at how you can further grow your business by further shrinking your targets. The case study that will be looked at makes use of a single board RIO as well as a customised interface board. Common challenges involving headless systems will be discussed as well as some potential future projects.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Keep Your PXI System Busy: Optimise RF Automation With NI-RFmx (45 mins)
In any RF automated test application, optimising system resources can be challenging. At this session, review the NI-RFmx measurement API and discover how using it with NI PXI RF instrumentation can help you easily build a test program that keeps resources busy and thus reduces overall test time.
 
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Automated Test
 
Bristol Massive MIMO and Full Duplex Radio (45 mins)
Professor Mark Beach, Professor of Radio Systems Engineering, NI
As 5G progresses towards widespread deployment in the future, many technologies are being considered for use within the new standards. Hear from the University of Bristol as they discuss their cutting-edge research into candidate technologies that could be critical to modern communications systems, including Massive MIMO and full-duplex radio.
 
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5G Summit
 
Afternoon Keynote - Inspiring and Enabling Generations of Innovation (45 mins)
The Internet of Things is already impacting the world around us but will revolutionise the way we live and work in the future. Join Rich as he discusses how NI is helping to create a climate of innovation where tomorrow’s engineers will realise the true potential of the IoT.
Richard Roberts, Academic Marketing Engineer, NI

Fresh from the Royal Institution CHRISTMAS LECTURES, Danielle is going to share her passion about raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering has on all aspects of our everyday lives and highlight to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in engineering can offer. Recently, Danielle revolutionised the teaching of Electrical and Electronic Engineering through implementing experimental learning resulting in improving student satisfaction from 67% to 98%.
Danielle George, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and a Professor in the Microwave and Communications Systems research group, University of Manchester
 
 
Break and Exhibition
 
 
Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership – Part 1- During Development (45 mins)
In any project, there is often more to the cost than meets the eye and often it is some of the less visible costs that are some of the largest. Learn how NI can work with you to help to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) over the lifetime of the project. Part 1 will cover TCO considerations prior to a system being deployed.
 
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Software and System Development
 
Choosing a Software Architecture for Your Next Embedded Application (45 mins)
Liam Adams, Applications Engineering Specialist, NI
Developing software for embedded applications is rarely simple and the real challenge often lies in processes like connecting that logic to I/O, integrating to an existing system, and ensuring that the application runs properly for years. At this session, we will discuss and review your different architecture options.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Using PXI and SQL to Control your Factory (45 mins)
Simon Hutchings, Senior Test Software Engineer, EMS Radio Fire and Security Systems
Having overall control of your production line and the ability to track parts throughout production is essential to ensure efficiency and reliability. In this presentation learn how NI tools can be used to automate production and maintain control through a centralised SQL server.
 
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Automated Test
 
Closed-Loop Control and Real-Time Simulation With VeriStand (45 mins)
Javier Gutierrez, Business Development Manager - Embedded Systems, Design & Test, NI
VeriStand is a software environment for configuring real-time testing applications such as hardware-in-the-loop testing for embedded software verification and test cell control and monitoring of mechanical systems. Learn how you can use VeriStand to integrate simulation models with I/O devices and perform closed loop control with test automation.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
5G: Prototyping New 802.11 and Cellular Waveforms in LabVIEW Communications (45 mins)
Ben Lavasani, Business Development Manager RF & Communications Research, NI
New waveforms are being proposed for 5G to optimise for capacity, coexistence and energy efficiency. Discover new application frameworks in LabVIEW Communications that provide fully-customisable real-time physical layer implementations of 802.11 and LTE for prototyping algorithms. This helps accelerate research into new standards, spectrum reuse and car-to-car communications, for example.
 
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5G Summit
 
Hands-On: Introduction to RF Systems on PXI (90 mins)
Review RF measurement fundamentals such as third-order intercept, adjacent power channel ratio and modulation accuracy. Test drive the PXIe-5644R vector signal transceiver using intuitive graphical user interfaces to perform fundamental wireless test measurements.
 
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Automated Test
 
Hands-On: Introduction to Graphical Programming and Data Acquisition (90 mins)
Even in a world full of immersive media, there is still no better way to learn new concepts than the hands-on experience. This session, geared toward new DAQ users and those wanting to evaluate the LabVIEW environment, explores how to program a measurement system to meet application-specific needs. Discover how to connect and acquire signals, perform inline analysis and file I/O, and build a rich user interface. Also get answers to your questions from NI engineers at the session.
 
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Data Acquisition and Test Cells
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW Real-Time (90 mins)
Learn how to quickly build and deploy embedded monitoring and control applications using CompactRIO and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Also, explore LabVIEW Real-Time features that increase flexibility and integration with the FPGA when programming with the RIO Scan Interface.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
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