National Instruments announces finalists for Northern European Awards

National Instruments (NI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, has announced the finalists chosen for the Engineering Impact Awards. The NI Engineering Impact Awards is a technical application contest, showcasing the most innovative projects based on NI software and hardware. This prestigious event is to be held in the RSA house on the evening of the 28th of November. NI will commend and award these incredible engineers in the building in which Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrated the telephone: a pioneering application much like the work of these finalists.


A total of eight categories are competed for on the evening and attendees from all industries will be in present including press, partners and analysts. Several finalists will also be presenting their applications the next day at the NIDays graphical system design conference taking place in the Queen Elizabeth II, London.


The finalists are:

RF & Wireless Comms

·      World Records in 5G Wireless Spectral Efficiency Using Massive MIMO

Bristol and Lund Universities

·      Co-Radar: Combining Two Technologies to Increase Efficiency of Airborne, Space-Borne, and Ground-Based Platforms

University of Strathclyde –


Precision Control

·      Adaptive Truss: Structural strength when you need it


·      Revolutionary Control System for Refinishing Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels

Austin Consultants Ltd


Innovative Research

·      Kinelab: Assessing the Motor-Cognitive Skills of School Children with LabVIEW

ReSolve Research Engineering Ltd

·      Recording the Elusive Courtship Song of Fruit Flies

Oxford University


Electronic Test and Measurement

·      Train Zero Model Based Design Facility

Bombardier & Frazer-Nash

·      Sun Explorer: Reliability Testing for The Solar Orbiter Instrumentation

ESR Technology Ltd


Physical Test and Measurement

·      Characterizing Levitating Space Dust with 3D Scatterometry

University of Helsinki

·      Monitoring and Controlling the Canning Town Flyover Above Crossrail Tunnel Boring Machine

Mabey Hire Ltd



·      Combating Unilateral Facial Paralysis with Low-Latency Muscle Reanimation

Tampere University of Technology

·      Saving Lives with the Innovative Bedside Equipment Monitoring System

TBG Solutions



·      MSc Physics Students Take Ownership of Their Learning with LabVIEW

Cardiff University

·      Teaching Measurement and Control to 400 Engineering Students Using Mobile Robots and Quadcopters

University of Manchester


Student Design (Winner Decided by Public Vote)

·      Stratos II+ Rocket: Smashing the European Altitude Record

TU Delft

·      Colorophone: Enabling Blind People to Listen to Light


·      Project ALAN: Robotic Rehabilitation for Stroke Survivors

University of Leeds

·      DeepFreezeROV: Underwater Robot for Arctic Research

Aarhus University

·      Roadrunners: The Most Fuel Efficient Urban Car in the World


·      Augmented Communication: Turning Breath into Words

Loughborough University

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