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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."

Read how PAMELA Facility did it

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."

Read how the University of Manchester did 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."

Read how Industrial Systems and Controls did it

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."

Read how University of Leeds did it

Research: Energy

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."

Read how Tokamak Solutions did it

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."

Read how Rice University did it

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."

Read how University of Bristol did it

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."

Read how Imperial College London did it

Research: Biomedical

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."

Read how University of Leeds did it

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."

Read how UC San Diego did it


Academic user solutions from Belgium

Developing a universal ECU system using CompactRIO

"We designed a very flexible, programmable motor management system using the CompactRIO programmable automation controller because the platform is modular and expandable for additional sensors and contains a field-programmable gate array (FPGA)."

Read how Karel de Grote University College did it

Using NI LabVIEW and PXI modular instruments for automated chip characterization and validation

"The main advantage of our test system is the integration of the analog and digital instruments into one system. The PXI system provides very tight control over timing and minimizes the influence of jitter, providing a much better solution than if we were using separate stand-alone instruments."

Read how the VUB did it

Developing an embedded real-time model predictive control implementation using NI CompactRIO and NI VeriStand

"We chose NI Veristand and CompactRIO because it was easy to implement and reuse our existing control algorithms."

Read how Ghent University did it

Developing a quality inspection method for selective laser melting of metals with NI hardware and software

"By building our system with the NI FlexRIO FPGA adapter module incorporated in an NI PXI system with LabVIEW, we can more effectively monitor and control the quality of the SLM process. "

Read how the Catholic University of Leuven did it

Using LabVIEW to develop an optimum racing strategy for the Australian Solar Challenge

"Using the high-level graphical programming capabilities and hierarchical natures of LabVIEW, we modeled the simulation environment so that we could quickly identify parts that we needed to change. If we made adjustments to one module (subVI), the changes were automatically applied anywhere that module is used throughout the simulation."

Read how the Umicore Solar Team did it