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NI recognizes 15 interesting projects at 2010 Graphical System Design awards

August 12, 2010

Susan Rambo-August 12, 2010

From drones that monitor changes in the atmosphere to lawn mowers that do the mowing for you, projects using National Instrument's graphical systems design tools were celebrated on Tuesday August 3rd at the Graphical System Design Achievement Awards ceremony in Austin, Tx. Fifteen projects were recognized out of more than 100 papers submitted this year from 23 countries. Although all the projects were winners, the overall winner was a paper written by students from Virginia Tech for their application Building a Semiautonomous Vehicle Driven by the Visually Impaired with LabVIEW and CompactRIO.

The Editor's Choice award went to Laurel A. Watts and four other authors from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for Monitoring Atmospheric Ozone on the Global Hawk Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicle with NI CompactRIO (judged by Nic Mokhoff of EE Times). The Green Engineering Control recipient was Darryn R. La Zar of Wineman Technology Inc., for Controlling an Echogen Power Systems Waste Heat Engine with NI Software and Hardware and the Humanitarian Award recipient went to Felipe Echeverri of Biorep Technologies Inc., for Biorep Perifusion System Automates Cell Secretion Analysis.

NI has put together a great page where you can peruse this years' entries. www.ni.com/gsdawards/explore_2010.htm. We'll also post some of the papers on EE Times under the appropriate designline. Here is a list of the categories and the finalists and winners:

Special Awards:

APPLICATION OF THE YEAR
Building a Semiautonomous Vehicle Driven by the Visually Impaired with LabVIEW and CompactRIO
By Greg Jannaman, Kimberly Wenger, and Dr. Dennis W. Hong
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNER
Biorep Perifusion System Automates Cell Secretion Analysis
By Felipe Echeverri, Biorep Technologies Inc.

STUDENT PAPERS:
Winner: CUBOAT Project
University and Department: University of Colorado at Boulder--Aerospace Engineering
Team Members: Dan Ambrosio, Ryan Del Gizzi, Bobby Hodgkinson, Jared Kirkpatrick, Colin Miller, Julie Price, Tyler Thomas
Faculty Advisors: Professor Kamran Mohseni

Finalist: CWRU Cutter: A NI-powered Autonomous Lawnmower
Case Western Reserve University, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Team Members: Bradley Hughes, Henry Snow, Andrew Smith, Daniel Bennett, Alexander Schepelmann, and Kathryn Daltorio
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Roger Quinn (lead advisor) and Dr. Frank Merat (advisor on machine vision)

GREEN ENGINEERING AWARD RECIPIENT
Controlling an Echogen Power Systems Waste Heat Engine with NI Software and Hardware
By Darryn R. La Zar, Wineman Technology Inc.

Categories:

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH
Winner: Using CompactRIO for Control and Measurement in the Low Voltage Marine Substation at the Lysekil Wave Power Research Site
By O. Svensson, Division of Electricity, Uppsala University

Finalist: Developing an Integrated Focused Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect (MOKE)
Magnetometer Using NI PXI Hardware and LabVIEW

By S. Jain, A.O. Adeyeye, and Y. Ren
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore

MACHINE CONTROL AND MONITORING
Winner: Performing Aircraft Jet Plume Noise Measurements Using LabVIEW Software and PXI Hardware
By Michael James, Blue Ridge Research and Consulting
Dr. Kent Gee, Brigham Young University

Finalist: Controlling an Echogen Power Systems Waste Heat Engine with NI Software and Hardware (Green Engineering Award winner)
By Darryn R. La Zar, Wineman Technology Inc.

MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
Winner: Using LabVIEW Software to Develop the Canary System for Early Detection and Monitoring of Tooth Decay
By Dr. Koneswaran Sivagurunathan, Quantum Dental Technologies

Finalist: Measuring Fetal Heart Rates Accurately and Safely Using LabVIEW and NI Hardware
By Gan Kok Beng, Edmond Zahedi, and Mohd. Alauddin Mohd. Ali
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Engineering

Finalist: Biorep Perifusion System Automates Cell Secretion Analysis
By Felipe Echeverri, Biorep Technologies Inc.

PROTOTYPE AND VALIDATION TEST
Winner: Developing an Inertial Pipeline Inspection Gauge with LabVIEW and CompactRIO
By Ricardo Artigas Langer, Gustavo Emmendoerfer, and Walter Antônio Kapp
EngeMOVI
Winderson Eugênio dos Santos
UTFPRl

Finalist: NI CompactRIO and LabVIEW Deliver a State-of-the-Art Control System
By Shahzad Sarwar
Innosiv Engineering

ROBOTICS
Winner: Building a Semiautonomous Vehicle Driven by the Visually Impaired with LabVIEW and CompactRIO (Winner of Application of the Year)
By Greg Jannaman, Kimberly Wenger, and Dr. Dennis W. Hong
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Finalist: Designing a Robotic Device to Study Flying Insects Using LabVIEW and CompactRIO
By Chauncey Graetzel, Bradley Nelson, and Steven Fry
ETH Zürich
Daniel Schwyn and Holger Krapp, Imperial College London
Chris Rogers, Tufts University

TEST AND MEASUREMENT
Winner: The ISIS Proton Synchrotron: Beam Data Acquisition and Analysis Using NI PXI and LabVIEW
By Bryan Jones and Sarah Whitehead
ISIS – Science and Technology Facilities Council

Finalist: Reducing Test Time and Increasing Quality in Final Control System Tests for Wind Turbines
By Michael Bove, kk-electronic A/S, Ikast, Denmark
Morten Pedersen, CIM Industrial Systems

WIRELESS
Winner: Monitoring Atmospheric Ozone on the Global Hawk Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicle with NI CompactRIO
By Laurel A. Watts and Troy Thornberry
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
Ru-Shan Gao, Steven J. Ciciora, and David W. Fahey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth System Research Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

Finalist: Telemetry System for a Solar Car
By Neo Wei Ren,
School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

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