Between May 22nd to 25th, the Austin Consultants Business Development Team of Peter Davies – Managing Director, Matt Collett – Head of Business Development & Commercial, and Chris Garratt – Business Development Manager, made a whirlwind visit to Austin, Texas to attendNIWeek.
Always a great event, NIWeek 2017, the annual conference hosted by National Instruments, once again brought together some the brightest minds in engineering and science to share the latest advances in technology for industrial design, measurement, and control. The conference also explores some of the emerging trends in science and industry. Sessions this year looked at the accelerating pace of disruptive innovation across many areas including wireless communications, industrial IOT, autonomous vehicles, green energy, big data and machine learning.
It was good to see NI developing more in the machine learning space where FPGA could offer serious hardware advantages for deep learning. There was also more focus on integration with Python and low-cost hardware options including Raspberry Pi, which is starting to be used more, as well as the introduction of more industrial controllers for low-speed digital communications. All areas that align with the development we have been championing within our own work.
Besides further exploration of LabVIEW 2017, NIWeek saw the exciting launch of LabVIEW NXG, for which we were very proud to be part of the advisory board. LabVIEW NXG promises even faster project setup and configuration, and greater control and data integration.
The sessions at NIWeek provide the opportunity to learn about some inspiring applications. This year’s standout LabVIEW applications included controlling proton beams in cancer therapy and a dementia assistance application, created by Reading University student Callum Bramley, that supports dementia suffers to recognise objects and people. Callum who finished third in the NI Engineering Impact Awards will shortly be joining the Austin team as a summer placement.
A busy few days but always time well spent.