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Registration is from 8am - 9am. A light breakfast will be provided.
 
 
Morning Keynote: You and NI Are Creating The Internet of Things
Eric Starkloff - Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing & John McLaughlin, Team Leader, NI
Whether it is the automated testing of consumer devices, the designing, prototyping, deploying, and monitoring of industrial systems, or the development of the next generation of wireless communication, a platform-based approach will help you bring your vision to reality. Join Eric and John, as they reveals how the platform-based approach is enabling You and NI to create the internet of things.
 
 
Morning Break and Exhibition
 
 
Introduction to Automating Stand-Alone Instruments
Adam Bakehouse, Field Engineer, NI
Every day, engineers work with a variety of benchtop instruments from oscilloscopes to more specialised instruments such as radiometers. Explore connectivity options including GPIB, USB and Ethernet and learn how to get started automating multiple measurements quickly with LabVIEW and certified instrument drivers.
 
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Software Development
 
Simplifying System Design With The New High-Performance CompactRIO Controller
Erik van Hilten, Marketing Engineer – Team Leader, NI
The newest CompactRIO controller delivers unrivaled performance and a diverse feature set, including improved integration with vision systems and integrated display output. Discover how this new CompactRIO controller--based on an Intel Atom processor, the latest Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and NI Linux Real-Time--can outperform the competition and simplify the design of your next embedded system.

 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Are Modular Instruments Right for Me?
Robert Lee, Strategic Account Manager, NI
Does your current test architecture meet your quality and cost goals while keeping up with growing product complexity? If it is time for a change but you don’t know where to start, attend this session to demystify the conversion to a modular testing approach and see how it can better meet your test needs.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Advances in RF and Microwave Measurement Technology
Georgios Tsalavoutis CLD, Applications Engineer Specialist, NI
Join us for a sneak preview of next generation test hardware architectures. This session will include side-by-side product comparisons to meet your most stringent test needs.
 
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RF and Communications
 
Academic Keynote: Graduating Innovation Ready Students
Dave Wilson, Director Academic Programs, NI, Gary Boorman, Senior Research Officer and Accelerator Engineer, Royal Holloway
Join Dave Wilson, Director of Academic Programs, as he discusses how the latest, exciting engineering trends must affect the way we educate our engineering students. Dave will reveal the latest technologies that stand to revolutionise the academic lab-space and inspire a generation of engineers and scientists. With these tools of innovation, students can put theoretical concepts into practice and graduate ready to engage in cutting edge engineering.
Gary Boorman, Senior Research Officer at Royal Holloway and celebrated LabVIEW Architect, will reveal how he revolutionised Physics education, using NI tools to make learning more practical and engaging than ever before.
 
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Academic Track
 
Hands-On: Automated High-Performance Measurements on PXI-Based Modular Instruments with LabVIEW
NI
Get hands-on with PXI and modular instrumentation measurement hardware, such as scopes, DMMs, arbitrary function generators and switches. Perform tests on elements of electronic DUTs (devices under test) such as LED testing and lowpass filter characterisation. See how the combination of LabVIEW and modular instruments can be used to implement a virtual instrumentation approach to automated test, enabling automated measurements, data logging for post processing and inline analysis at run-time.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Hands-On: Introduction to Graphical Programming and NI Data Acquisition
Test-drive PC-based data acquisition systems and learn how to use graphical programming techniques to create modular and flexible applications. Measure from a selelection of sensors and log the data to a file. NI data acquisition and signal conditioning products offer highly accurate measurements, combined with NI LabVIEW to give you the power to easily acquire, analyse and present your data in minutes.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW Real-Time
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
 
What’s New in LabVIEW 2014
Chris Jones CLD, Applications Engineering Team Leader, NI
Hear how LabVIEW 2014 expands your access to the latest hardware technologies, streamlines development of applications through new LabVIEW features, and supports you better through community toolkits. If you are a LabVIEW developer, don’t miss this session!
 
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Software Development
 
LabVIEW Hacker: Hacking the Real World
Liam Adams CLD, Applications Engineering Specialist, NI
Watch NI engineer, Liam Adams, hack new sensors, actuators and devices. Through live demonstrations, tutorials and software packages, discover the cool technology you can use in your next project.
 
A
Software Development
 
Prototyping to Deployment: Developing a Device to Improve the Lives of Cerebral Palsy Sufferers
Dr. David Keeling CLA, Managing Director, Key Engineering Solutions
Staff at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospital in collaboration with NI Alliance partner Key Engineering Solutions developed a novel therapeutic environment for upper limb rehabilitation of both stroke survivors and children with cerebral palsy. The device needed to be mass-producible and suitable for home delivery, assembly and use. Learn about the seamless and cost-effective transition from an CompactRIO development system to a viable product based on Single-Board RIO.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
“You Want to Do What With PXI?!”: Developing and Deploying Field-Test Solutions for Harsh, Secure Mil/Aero Environments
Ian Tonge, System Architect, Serco
Serco, an NI Alliance Partner, has successfully deployed more than 80 rugged systems based on PXI hardware into harsh environments. Explore the challenges of deploying systems for harsh and secure applications, from EMC/environmental testing to security integrity of systems containing NI hardware and software, including locking down Windows and TestStand and LabVIEW for security and protection from end users.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
A Showcase of Student Innovation
Hannah Wade, Academic Field Engineer, NI
Having invited students to show us how they incorporated NI tools into their final year projects, we were inundated by remarkable applications; from squid-inspired aquatic robots to cyclocopter flight systems. Three award-winning students will demonstrate their innovations and tell you what they really think about NI tools in the learning experience.
 
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Academic Track
 
VirtualBench Vs. Traditional Instruments
Chris Delvizis, Senior Product Marketing Manager, NI
Which is better: knobs and buttons or software user interfaces? Find out in this session by watching us test and characterise a circuit with both VirtualBench and a set of traditional instruments side-by-side.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Don't Think You Need an FPGA? Think Again!
Ian Bell CLD, Systems Engineering Team Leader, NI
At the heart of the LabVIEW RIO architecture lies the FPGA -- an incredibly powerful and reconfigurable chip that solves the most demanding applications challenges: from incredibly fast control loops and advanced timing to powerful inline processing and high reliability. We will demistify the FPGA and show you how you can unlock the power of these reconfigurable chips without prior knowledge of hardware description languages like VHDL or Verilog.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Create Without Limits: Add the Power of User-Programmable FPGAs to Your Test Applications
Sacha Emery, CTA, CCVID, CLD, Senior Systems Engineer, NI
Software-designed instruments such as the successful NI vector signal transceiver deliver new technical capabilities to automated test applications. Learn about new target applications for software-designed instruments. Discover how user-programmable FPGAs enable new levels of performance and flexibility and how engineers are using PXI software-designed instruments and LabVIEW system design software to redefine instrumentation.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Three Key Power Amplifier Test Techniques Every RF Engineer Should Know
Jeremy Twaits, Regional Marketing Engineer – Automated Test, NI
See in-depth demonstrations of the latest test techniques for the design, optimisation and characterisation of power amplifiers. Testing techniques will include digital pre-distortion, envelope tracking and load pull.
 
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RF and Communications
 
NI myRIO: Expanding the Ultimate Student Design Tool
Beejal Shah, Academic Field Engineer, NI, Dr. Aristides Kiprakis, Lecturer in Power Systems, University of Edinburgh
Join us to take a look back at the phenomenal successes of myRIO’s first year, before looking forward to its ever-growing eco-system of hardware and software add-ons that expands your ability to do engineering. You will also hear how an esteemed lecturer from the University of Edinburgh is integrating myRIO into the curriculum.
 
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Academic Track
 
Hands-On: Build an Automated Test System with PXI and NI TestStand
Learn how to develop an automated test system from start to finish. Explore how to use NI TestStand test management software to quickly add sequencing, flow control, multithreading and reporting to your LabVIEW measurements and tests. See how to program NI modular instruments in PXI systems to perform functional tests on multiple devices to develop a high-throughput parallel test system.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Hands-On: Software Engineering with LabVIEW
Test-drive PC-based data acquisition systems and learn how to use graphical programming techniques to create modular and flexible applications. Measure from a selection of sensors and log the data to a file. NI data acquisition and signal conditioning products offer highly accurate measurements, combined with NI LabVIEW to give you the power to easily acquire, analyse and present your data in minutes.
 
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Software Development
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW FPGA
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
 
LabVIEW Object-Oriented Programming and Hardware Abstraction Layers
Jarobit Piña Saez, CLA, Test Engineer, Draeger Safety
OOP can be a powerful tool for the LabVIEW developer, especially for large and complex applications. Often the way it is taught, and the examples are based upon C++ or Java contrary to the dataflow approach of LabVIEW. Discover how to use OO techniques in a LabVIEW based way.
 
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Software Development
 
Using LabVIEW OOP to Test Tidal Turbines
Lewis Gear, Systems Engineer, TBG Solutions
Tidal turbines are installed on the seabed in areas with fruitful tidal resources, and it is imperative that these devices are efficient and reliable to maximise generated electricity. In this session, learn how TBG Solutions and the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) used LabVIEW OOP and NI measurement hardware to develop a large-scale test rig to help manufactures test complete power train systems for marine turbines of up to 3 MW.
 
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Software Development
 
Controlling a Subsea ROV Drill for Canyon Offshore
Martin Griffiths, Senior Systems Engineer, Metis Automation
Learn how off-the-shelf hardware was used to develop a custom machine control system for a subsea ROV drill. The system had to be familiar to ROV pilots, whilst adding the capability to create custom drilling configurations during subsea operations and high speed datalogging. The ROV Drill opens up drilling locations where more traditional drill ships would struggle to gain access.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Developing Earth-observation Cameras to stream Ultra HD Images from Space
Mike Salter, Electronics Engineer, RAL Space
STFC RAL Space has developed and tested two cutting-edge cameras that will stream Ultra HD video footage of planet Earth from space. LabVIEW with the NI PXI Platform were used to develop and rigorously test the cameras prior to deployment on the International Space Station. FlexRIO FPGA technology provided the means to retrieve and reconstruct image data in real time from the novel sensors inside the cameras.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
PXI-Based High-Speed Nonlinear Measurement System With Integrated Active Harmonic Load-Pull
Johannes Benedikt, Research Professor, Cardiff University
Explore the performance of a nonlinear measurement system featuring integrated active load-pull. Four VSAs measure incident and reflected waveforms of a 2-port device, and four VSGs provide input drive and 3-harmonic load-pull. The instruments are synchronised across two PXI chassis, with system control and calibration implemented in LabVIEW and linked to a MySQL database.
 
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RF and Communications
 
Afternoon Keynote: You and NI will Solve the Engineering Grand Challenges
Richard Roberts – Technical Marketing Engineer, NI
The Engineering Grand Challenges include areas of incredible impact, like engineering better medicine, providing energy from fusion, restoring and improve urban infrastructure, and reverse engineering the brain. Join Richard to learn how You and NI are playing a critical role in solving these challenges along with preparing the next generation of innovators.

 
 
Afternoon Keynote: You and NI will Solve the Engineering Grand Challenges cont.
Prof. Mark Miodownik , Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, BBC broadcaster and critically acclaimed pop-science author
From familiar, household ceramics to the self-healing metals that will shape our future, NIDays keynote headliner, Professor Mark Miodownik, will be sharing his infectious enthusiasm for all things material. Mark will also showcase his research on 3D-printed bike helmets. These helmets, which are tailored to the wearer via smartphone-based head-scans, are poised to bring a step-change to cyclist safety.
 
 
Break and Exhibition
 
 
Creating Highly Innovative User Interfaces with LabVIEW
Samuli Bergstrom CLA, Technical Marketing Engineer, NI
Discover how to use LabVIEW to create highly innovative UIs that you didn’t know were possible. Also explore UI tools as well as tips and tricks to make you more proficient with LabVIEW.
 
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Software Development
 
New Enterprise Solution for Condition Monitoring Applications
Tristan Jones, Regional Marketing Engineer – Industrial & Embedded Systems, NI
Learn about NI’s new enterprise software suite for online condition monitoring to gain insight into the health of rotating machinery and improve maintenance programs. NI InsightCM(tm) Enterprise integrates ready-to-deploy hardware and software that acquires condition indicators, handles management and analysis of analogue data, and offers remote systems management to monitor health and simplify deployment and configuration on 100s of CompactRIO systems at once.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
5 Red Flags to Consider Before Configuring Your Next Measurement System
Casper Klop, Northern European Marketing Manager, NI
Configurable software tools can be the quickest path from a "box of parts" to acquired measurement data. Explore the elements of acquisition, analysis, presentation and data management that often stretch the limits of configuration base design. Review the pros and cons of programming versus configuring your next system, making practical recommendations to ensure your next project meets its specific application needs while minimising development time.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Prototyping the Next Generation Wireless Communication Systems
Ben Lavasani, Academic Field Engineer, NI , Eleftherios Chatziantoniou, PhD Research Student, University of Bedfordshire
Software-defined radio (SDR) is a way to rapidly prototype custom protocols, analyse performance in real-world environments and iterate on designs. See how LabVIEW can be used to move from idea to prototype, with the example of a predictive spectrum sensing platform for cognitive radio developed at the University of Bedfordshire.
 
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RF and Communications
 
Hands-On: Introduction to RF Systems on PXI
Review RF measurement fundamentals such as third-order intercept, adjacent power channel ratio and modulation accuracy. Test drive the NI PXIe-5644R vector signal transceiver using intuitive graphical user interfaces to perform fundamental wireless test measurements.
 
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RF and Communications
 
Hands-On: Introduction to Graphical Programming and NI Data Acquisition
Test-drive PC-based data acquisition systems and learn how to use graphical programming techniques to create modular and flexible applications. Measure from a selection of sensors and log the data to a file. NI data acquisition and signal conditioning products offer highly accurate measurements, combined with NI LabVIEW to give you the power to easily acquire, analyse and present your data in minutes.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW Real-Time
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
 
Challenge the Champions
James McNally CLA, Wiresmith Technology
Following it’s success in 2013, 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.
 
A
Software Development
 
Using Infrared Imaging to Monitor Patient Respiratory Rates
Abdulkadir Hamidu Alkali, Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
Respiration rate is an important physiological parameter which is often ignored or not accurately monitored due to the complexities associated with the existing methods, which are contact based. The use of thermal imaging is one-way of non-contact monitoring. This session will share experiences and demonstrate a step-by-step approach used in developing an infrared based non-contact respiration rate monitor.
 
A
Software Development
 
Remote Condition Monitoring of London Underground Track Circuits
Sam Etchel, Trains and Signalling Integration Manager, London Underground
The new Victoria Line signaling system uses 385 jointless track circuits to detect train position in real time to maintain safe train separation. See how London Underground engineers implemented a remote condition monitoring system using the CompactRIO monitoring platform to continuously perform RMS voltage and frequency analysis at 100 Hz of all 385 track circuits.
 
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Industrial Control and Embedded Design
 
Determining the Fatigue Life of Aero-engine Blades
Dr. Marios Christodoulou, Scitek
In this session, see first-hand how Scitek's Airjet Exciter System is used to determine fatigue life of blades using high pressure air to induce vibration at the blade’s natural frequency and measure vibration amplitude using GigE Vision cameras. The Airjet Exciter System carries out a fully automated test and when the natural frequency of the blade begins to change it indicates fatigue at which point the test is stopped and the number of blade cycles is recorded.
 
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Measurement and Automated Test
 
Tracking Wi-Fi Signals to Passively See Through Walls Using NI USRP and LabVIEW
Dr. Bo Tan Dr. Kevin Chetty and Dr. Karl Woodbridge, University College London (UCL)
Wi-Fi signals can be used to passively monitor moving objects and bodies that are otherwise visually obscured. This could be used, for example, for efficient, undetectable public safety surveillance. See how researchers at UCL prototyped this novel approach with USRP for signal acquisition and LabVIEW for advanced signal processing.
 
C
RF and Communications
 
Wrap Up and Prize Draw
 
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