Every day, students, educators, and academic researchers find new and exciting ways to use National Instruments products. These written and video case studies are a few examples of how graphical system design is being used to add hands-on learning and relevance to education while accelerating innovation and discovery in academic research.
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Research: Life Sciences
Testing and Validating Powered Attendant-Propelled Wheelchairs
"We used NI CompactDAQ and LabVIEW to create a solution that simultaneously acquires and logs data as well as synchronizes I/O-channels, far exceeding our expectations."
Education: Student Satisfaction in Electronics
The University of Manchester Improves Student Satisfaction From 67 to 98 Percent
"Teaching NI tools in our undergraduate courses is producing postgraduate research students who can deliver practical instrumentation, control, and communication solutions from day one. For them, the challenge is the research and not the tools that are needed to deliver it."
Research: Advanced Control Systems
Controlling 70-Ton Gripper Arms for Offshore Wind Turbine Construction
"The combination of LabVIEW and CompactRIO delivered the computational power required for our low-level control and kinematic calculations, as well as the determinism and reliability required for our safety-critical operational logic."
Education: Student Employability
Leeds Grows Mechanical Engineering Student Employability by 19 Percent
"The tacit learning gained from the new ‘Hands-on’ approach by the University of Leeds helps not only to reinforce the core subject matter, but it forces the students to learn to deal with success and failure whilst learning about teamwork in a technical context."
Monitoring and Controlling a Compact Spherical Tokamak for Plasma Research
"Overall, NI products simplified the whole setup. We quickly brought together hardware and software from many manufacturers into an incredibly compact, powerful, and cost-effective tokamak."
Education: Controls and Mechatronics
Rice University Puts Control in the Hands of Students
"We are excited to have a single, accessible platform that we can use for every lab in the course with NI myRIO. It combines the out-of-the-box nature of NI myDAQ with the performance of industry-grade technology from NI."
Research: Robotics and Mechatronics
Developing a Hybrid Simulation of Autonomous Air-to-Air Refuelling Procedures
"The highly technical challenges involved in operating a full-scale robotics test bed in real time, integrated with a full nonlinear flight dynamics environment, could only be addressed using the real-time NI hardware and software."
Research: RF and Communications
Building a Next-Generation Test System for Next-Generation Wireless Communication
"The traditional approach for integrating numerous hardware targets required expertise in several programming languages and tools. However, with LabVIEW we created both Windows-based and FPGA applications in a single, unified development environment. We created and modified FPGA applications without requiring expertise in highly complex hardware description languages."
Controlling a Heart Simulator
"CompactRIO offered a rugged, reliable, stand-alone platform, enabling our team to conduct prolonged testing, which would not have been possible on a traditional computer."
Education: Measurements and Instrumentation
Building a Low-Cost Automated Dynamometer
"We can use the LabVIEW platform to acquire data with NI myDAQ and use advanced algorithms with the LabVIEW MathScript RT Module to process data, all with one unified user interface. Using seamless hardware integration, we can run our processes on a host PC or deploy to an embedded target such as NI CompactRIO or NI Single-Board RIO."