Thursday, May 21, 2009

NI Week – will you be there?

It’s a few years since I last attended the LabVIEW lovefest that is NI Week. Held every August in sunny – and hot – Austin, NI Week is always an impressive demonstration of the power of the LabVIEW graphical programming language.

But my interest is machine vision, and industrial applications thereof, and having scanned the program, I’m not seeing a lot to whet my appetite. Is it that they are slow pulling the program together, or could it be that machine vision is not high on NI’s priorities?

Time was, NI had a strong vision champion in Matt Slaughter, but Matt moved on to a new position earlier this year and I sense that the baton was not passed. So just what is NI’s long term plan for vision? Speak up Austin, I’d like to hear what you have to say.


Kyle Voosen said...

Hello B. Grey,

If it's been a few years since you've attended NIWeek, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by prominence of machine vision at NIWeek 2009. I encourage you to come on down to Austin this August to experience NIWeek first-hand!

There is an entire Vision Summit inside the NIWeek technical conference, sponsored by Vision Systems Design. The sessions are taught by industry experts and NI Vision developers. The agenda will be published soon, but here is a quick preview of some of the sessions:

Understanding Human Visual Perception and How it Relates to Computerized Image AnalysisDr. Gregory Francis, Purdue University
Improving the Quality of Experience of Cell Phones with LabVIEWHans Kuosmanen, Optofidelity Ltd.
Processing Images with LabVIEW FPGABrent Runnels, National Instruments
6 Steps to Vision Guided Industrial RoboticsCarlton Heard, National Instruments
Essential Techniques for Vision Timing and SynchronizationEric Gross, National Instruments
Lessons in Understanding Color: Building a Better Multi-spectral Imaging SystemRomik Chatterjee, Graftek Imaging
Explore the Depths of 3D Vision in LabVIEWJim Anderson, SICK

On the exhibition floor, you’ll find many of our closest vision partners, including:
Advanced Illumination
Allied Vision Tech
Basler Vision Tech
Cyth Systems
Edmund Optics

We would love to see you there.

Kyle Voosen
National Instruments

Matt said...

Hello fellow MachineVision4Users readers! I just wanted to add a few thoughts here from someone that was recently an insider in NI's Vision group. I can assure you that NI is maintaining a high level of investment into their machine vision product line, in fact they will be announcing some new exciting vision systems at the R&V show in Chicago next month (in a few weeks... sheesh how time flies).

I would also venture to say that I'm not all that disconnected from my fellows at NI, even being 2 days drive from my former office. I still work quite closely with the local NI engineers, as well as my former partner in crime, Kyle Voosen. Also, Kamalina, the new Product Manager for Vision at NI, is coming up to speed quite quickly and I expect great things out of that group in the coming years. It's also my job now to help them from a customer's point of view, and send back requests that I'm seeing first hand.

I'll have to say, I am rather enjoying being on the front line and getting my hands dirty with applications on a daily basis now. I've never had so much fun with machine vision! It's an exciting time to be part of the vision industry!


p.s. Hey B. Grey, if you do end up going to NIWeek, shoot me a message or post on my blog and we'll meet up there. I think I still remember where the fun drinking holes are in Austin, and I would love to meet you in person. I'll be out and about with some of the most interesting folks in the Vision world all week!