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NI embarks on summer education push

29 June 2010

National Instruments UK and Ireland is rolling out a series of LabVIEW webcasts as part of its summer-long education drive. The summer school for engineers and scientists encompasses 12 interactive webcasts and runs from August 3 to 26.

The company says that participants will learn how to interface with measurement and control hardware, analyse data, share results and distribute systems. The course outline is detailed below.

Week 1: Explaining the Fundamentals

· 3rd August - Discover LabVIEW An introduction to LabVIEW and the concept of graphical system design. Explore virtual instrumentation with exciting UK and Ireland customer examples.

· 4th August – Explore Data Acquisition See how LabVIEW can simplify data acquisition.

· 5th August – Kick-Start your Application with the LabVIEW Community Learn tips for using the online LabVIEW Developer Zone, find out about local user groups and explore the LabVIEW community.

Week 2: LabVIEW for Test, Control and Design Applications

· 10th August - Build or Buy? Answering the First Question of Designing Embedded Products and Devices Discuss the benefits and challenges associated with both approaches from a technical and business perspective, and explore the use of LabVIEW in product design and embedded application development through sectors such as industrial, medical, automotive and energy.

· 11th August – Test and Measurement Automation The common factor standardising modern test applications is the software-defined architecture that assures flexibility, maintainability and reliability. Uncover some of the technology behind this trend and see how a software-defined approach to test can be advantageous.

· 12th August – Multilingual LabVIEW: Talking to Any PLC Learn how LabVIEW can talk to a multitude of devices including PLCs, PACs and sensors, using industry-standard communications protocols.

Week 3: Summer School for LabVIEW Developers

· 17th August – Understanding Core LabVIEW Design Patterns Explore how core design patterns, including State Machines and Producer-Consumer loops, can make applications a success.

· 18th August – Tips and Tricks from a LabVIEW Architect Gain an insight into the expertise of a LabVIEW architect and hear firsthand the tips and tricks that take LabVIEW development to a new level, increasing both productivity and performance.

· 19th August – Software Engineering with LabVIEW Learn good software engineering practices and tools and techniques to use within the LabVIEW platform.

Week 4: A Bright Future for LabVIEW

· 24th August – LabVIEW: The Future of Robotics See why a doctorate in robotics might not be needed to build robots and how powerful design tools can develop sophisticated robots with elegant simplicity.

· 25th August – The LabVIEW Story: New Features for LabVIEW in 2010. Part 1 Examine the major developments since the conception of LabVIEW and how they benefit modern application development.

· 26th August - The LabVIEW Story: New Features for LabVIEW in 2010. Part 2 The story of LabVIEW continues, with new toolkits and modules that expand the horizons of the LabVIEW developer.

Every webcast in this Summer school will be broadcast twice each day, at 10am and 2pm. Attendees will be able to interact directly with the presenter and other attendees.

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