May 7, 2009 – National Instruments has announced plans for NIWeek, the world’s leading graphical system design conference and exhibition that attracts more than 3,000 engineers, educators and scientists. NIWeek 2009, the company’s 15th annual customer and technology conference, running Aug. 4-6 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, provides three full days of technical sessions, hands-on workshops, targeted summits and interactive exhibitions on the latest developments for design, control, automation, manufacturing and test. The conference also features keynote presentations and product demonstrations that explore how engineers and scientists can use cost-efficient and flexible technologies to boost productivity and lower costs.
“NIWeek is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for engineers and scientists to explore the latest technologies for design, control and test; exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world; and develop new skills that will make their companies more competitive, which is especially important in these challenging times,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI CEO, President and Cofounder. “At NIWeek 2009, we will look at how the versatility of the graphical system design platform gives engineers and scientists a cost-effective way to make dramatic improvements to their applications.”
NIWeek 2009 features more than 200 technical sessions from companies and universities such as Averna, Harris Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor and Purdue University. These sessions will highlight the latest developments in test and data acquisition, industrial measurements and control, embedded design and software development techniques, as well as equip engineers and scientists with the skills they need to remain competitive in development and business practices. In addition, the conference offers the first ever NIWeek Military and Aerospace Summit along with technical summits on RF and wireless communications, vision and robotics.
NIWeek will also provide daily keynote presentations from NI executives and R&D staff including Dr. Truchard; Jeff Kodosky, NI Co-founder and Business and Technology Fellow; Mike Santori, NI Business and Technology Fellow; John Graff, NI Vice President of Marketing; and Ray Almgren, Vice President of Academic Relations. In addition, Olin College’s David Barrett, who has 25 years of robotics experience, will deliver a keynote presentation on how robotics in industry and engineering education is poised to revolutionise the way people interact with technology in their daily lives. Each of the technical summits will also feature keynote presentations from industry experts including Ellen Purdy, Enterprise Director of Joint Ground Robotics for the U.S. Department of Defence, and Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
Attendees can learn about new technologies and view product demonstrations at more than 200 booths at the NIWeek 2009 exhibition. The exhibition hall features the technologies discussed during the keynote presentations and technical summits in areas such as the LabVIEW Zone and the RF and Wireless Pavilion. The conference also hosts networking events such as daily Peer2Peer Roundtables, which provide opportunities for attendees to discuss best practices with their peers and NI developers for a specific application, job position or industry.
In addition to the technical sessions offered during NIWeek, attendees can take advantage of the two-day advanced training sessions offered prior to NIWeek at the Austin Convention Center Aug. 2-3. These training sessions help attendees gain in-depth product knowledge and learn best practices for NI LabVIEW and RF applications among others. With each course, attendees can earn 1.4 continuing education units to maintain a professional status such as Professional Engineer. Attendees can also take certification exams in LabVIEW, NI LabWindowsTM/CVI and NI TestStand software. The training and certification exams help advance and validate development skills for engineers and scientists, giving them a competitive edge in the industry.
Readers can learn more about NIWeek 2009, register for the event or sign up to exhibit at www.ni.com/niweek.
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National Instruments (www.ni.com) 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, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 10 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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