NI Unveils 10th Annual NIWeek Virtual Instrumentation Conference

4/27/2004 - National Instruments announced plans for its 10th annual customer and technology conference. NIWeek, the world’s leading virtual instrumentation conference, opens Aug. 17 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, and extends to three full days of interactive technical sessions, exhibitions and workshops on the latest technologies for control design, measurement, automation, manufacturing and test.

“For 10 years, engineers have gathered at NIWeek to share ideas and experiences among colleagues and learn about the latest products and solutions for measurement and automation,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI president, cofounder and CEO. “We’ve extended the conference to three full days and are celebrating a decade of NIWeek with a larger exhibition floor and more presenters who represent some of the most prestigious universities and successful companies in the world.”

The NIWeek 2004 guest keynote speaker is Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, associate dean of the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering and director of The Infinity Project, an academic initiative founded by the Institute for Engineering Education at SMU and Texas Instruments to encourage more young students to pursue engineering careers. Orsak will discuss some of the new and innovative activities that engineering schools are implementing to expose students to cutting-edge technology concepts.

NIWeek 2004 features more than 180 unique technical sessions from NI developers and industry experts as well as special, comprehensive series of sessions on topics such as data acquisition and analysis and software development techniques. Participants, for instance, can listen to experts from Eaton Corporation, Texas Instruments and Virginia Tech during the sound and vibration series. The conference highlights technical presentations from more than 50 industry-leading companies such as Mathcad, Edmund Industrial Optics and Flextronics that demonstrate unique approaches to performing measurement and automation applications through virtual instrumentation. Also, research professors from top universities, including the University of Strathclyde, the University of Texas and Rice University, will speak about model-based predictive control, next-generation wireless communications, software engineering and other topics.

This year, NI showcases a record number of exhibitors and three new pavilions on the NIWeek expo floor. Participants can explore the Embedded LabVIEW Design Pavilion to learn how LabVIEW graphical programming software is used in embedded real-time and FPGA applications. The new Technologies for Connectivity Pavilion features exhibitions demonstrating PCI Express and USB products, and the new Learning with LabVIEW Pavilion illustrates innovative ways universities are incorporating NI technologies in classrooms and student laboratories. Participants can test drive the latest NI products in the Test Drive Station or take a walk through the Vision Design Neighborhood to check out the NI Compact Vision System and related product partners who provide cameras, lenses and lighting products.

Engineers from around the world have come together at NIWeek to learn about cost-effective, flexible technologies for creating advanced test, monitoring and control solutions – from designing product prototypes to full-scale manufacturing. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the conference to learn tips for increasing system performance, creating more tightly integrated systems and reducing development time in their own companies. Online registration for the 10th annual NIWeek full conference package is now open at, and those who sign up between April 26 and 30 can save $400 off the regular early-bird price with a special anniversary rollback offer.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries.

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