NIWeek 2010: Explore technologies, gain competitive advantages

National Instruments NIWeek 2010 opens Aug. 3 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. NI calls the three day meeting “the world’s leading graphical system design conference.” Visionary inspiration, eye-popping technology demos, and productivity tips are among areas covered, NI says.


National Instruments’ product managers vie to create the year’s best on-stage technology demonstrations at NIWeek. NIWeek 2009 included a knife-wielding robot, laser beam harp, and ultra-fast data crunching demos. Source: NINational Instruments NIWeek 2010 opens Aug. 3 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. NI calls the three day meeting “the world’s leading graphical system design conference” and expects more than 3,300 engineers, scientists, and academicians to attend. The meeting has targeted summits and tracks, technical sessions, interactive demonstrations and keynotes. Future technologies are the topic for the guest keynote speaker.

Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku has a Henry Semat Professorship in theoretical physics at City College of New York, and is author of several best-sellers, including “Hyperspace,” “Visions” and “Physics of the Impossible,” as well as host of the national radio program, “Explorations in Science.” Dr. Kaku has interviewed more than 300 scientists to decipher the most accurate prediction of what the next 20 years of science holds.

He also has hosted numerous documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Science Channel and the BBC about the future of science. Additionally, his doctorate-level textbooks are required readings at some of the world’s leading physics laboratories. Ray Almgren, vice president of software and education at National Instruments. “Dr. Kaku’s expert insight on future technologies is especially beneficial to the thousands of NIWeek attendees who are continually innovating and pushing the boundaries of science and engineering.”

Accelerating time to market

NIWeek 2010, the company’s 16th annual technology conference, is designed to help attendees will gain advanced technical knowledge, explore graphical system design to test, measure and fix inefficient products and processes and network with peers and NI developers.

Dr. James Truchard, NI CEO, president and cofounder, says, “At NIWeek 2010, we address the continuing need for more efficient user-defined solutions, explore the benefits of graphical system design to gain a competitive advantage and learn how technological advances are accelerating the speed of time to market.”

National Instruments NIWeek 2010 highlights include:

  • Five technical summits focused on RF and wireless, robotics, military and aerospace, vision and energy technology;
  • Four tracks focused on automated test, embedded design, industrial automation and control and software development and technology;
  • More than 200 technical sessions and 45 hands-on technical workshops;
  • Intermediate- and advanced-level NI LabVIEW and NI hardware and software content;
  • More than 150 demonstrations on the exhibit floor by companies such as Averna, Hitachi, Honeywell, LEGO and Texas Instruments; and
  • Daily keynotes with NI executives and industry leaders.

Energy technology – sustainability

New to NIWeek in 2010 is the Energy Technology Summit, which features sessions on developing sustainable practices in the energy industry. NI also will host a Big Physics Symposium where engineers and scientists can collaborate and learn how NI technologies can solve instrumentation and control challenges in physics.

On Aug. 2, NI will host the Academic Forum and Alliance Day. NIWeek attendees have the opportunity to interact with the NI R&D, provide product feedback and attend networking opportunities including nightly events and daily lunchtime peer-to-peer roundtables.

Theory of everything

Dr. Kaku co-founded string field theory, a branch of string theory that summarizes the five string theories into one equation. Dr. Kaku also continues to search for Einstein’s “theory of everything” that unifies the four fundamental forces of the universe. In addition to his Prior to his current position, Dr. Kaku held a lectureship at Harvard University and a visiting professor position at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Dr. Kaku received a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

National Instruments says it is “transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware.” It’s based in Austin, Texas, and has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries.

Register for or learn more about NIWeek 2010 at

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- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering,

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