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NIDays Keynote

NIDays keynote presentations give attendees a first look at the latest, cutting-edge innovations for engineers and scientists using NI tools and technologies to accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation across a wide variety of industries.

Morning Keynote: Using a Platform-Based Approach to Create the Internet of Things

Charles Schroeder, Vice President of Product Marketing, RF and Wireless, National Instruments

As Vice President of Product Marketing for RF and Wireless Communications, Charles Schroeder leads the global team responsible for product management, product marketing, and application segments of NI’s RF and wireless communications business. Since joining NI in 1995, Schroeder has held various leadership roles across the IMAQ, DAQ, modular instruments, and RF product lines and is recognized for his excellent communication and presentation skills as witnessed by his regular presence on the NIWeek stage. Schroeder holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Matej Kranjc, Managing Director of ASEAN and ANZ, National Instruments

With 30 years of engineering industry experience, Matej Krajnc is an internationally-known speaker, trend analyst and applied engineering consultant. His expertise covers various fields, including automated test, control, and design for the military, aerospace, automotive, and paper industries. As managing director for the ASEAN and ANZ divisions of National Instruments, Krajnc is responsible for the growth of NI presence, visibility, sales, and application engineering throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. His experience has helped him establish NI as a powerful solutions provider throughout his region. He and his team have developed an excellent reputation as a resource for solving numerous industrial engineering challenges.

Afternoon Keynote: Inspiring and Enabling Generations of Innovation

Richard Roberts, Academic Marketing Engineer

The Internet of Things is already impacting the world around us but will revolutionise the way we live and work in the future. Join Rich as he discusses how NI is helping to create a climate of innovation where tomorrow’s engineers will realise the true potential of the IoT.

 

Professor Danielle George, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and a Professor in the Microwave and Communications Systems research group at the University of Manchester

We are excited to announce Professor Danielle George, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and a Professor in the Microwave and Communications Systems research group at the University of Manchester, as our afternoon keynote speaker.

Fresh from the Royal Institution CHRISTMAS LECTURES, Danielle is going to share her passion about raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering has on all aspects of our everyday lives and highlight to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in engineering can offer. Recently, Danielle revolutionised the teaching of Electrical and Electronic Engineering through implementing experimental learning resulting in improving student satisfaction from 67% to 98%.

Watch past CHRISTMAS LECTURES series for free and in full on the Ri Channel.

Richannel.org/christmas-lectures

Biography:


Danielle completed her BSc in Astrophysics, MSc in Radio Astronomy at The Victoria University of Manchester based at Jodrell Bank Observatory, and her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with UMIST.  She worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory as a senior Radio Frequency Engineer until 2006 when she took up a lectureship post in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She was awarded a Professorship earlier this year at the age of 38.

Danielle’s expertise in radio frequency and microwave communications has a wide range of applications across a number of industries. To date most of her research and development work has been carried out on a variety of aspects relating to ultra low noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications. She is the UK lead for amplifiers in the $1B astronomical instrument, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the $1B Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. She has worked with agriculturists on the development of instrumentation to measure water usage, and with a number of multi-national companies such as Rolls Royce where she worked on industrial gas turbine engines.

She thoroughly enjoys the teaching aspects of her career and lectures to both undergraduates and postgraduate students, in particular Electronic Circuit Design to undergraduates and Microwave Systems to MSc students. She is passionate about raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering has on all aspects of our everyday lives and highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in engineering can offer.

The middle one of three sisters, Danielle grew up in Newcastle where her parents still live. Fascinated by science from an early age, she was given a telescope by her parents when she was eight years old and would regularly get up in the middle of the night to watch lunar eclipses. She credits this experience as the moment she first realised how physics and mathematics could be applied in a practical sense outside the classroom and as the first step on her path to her current career.

 

Academic Keynote: Connecting Teaching, Research and Industry

Academic Keynote: Connecting Teaching, Research and Industry
The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a profound effect on the discipline of system design. Product design, manufacturing and infrastructure are all affected by this technology evolution. Collaboration with industry is essential for academic institutions to deliver impactful research and workforce ready students to this new interconnected future. Hear how NI is partnering with educators and academic researchers to bring the vision of IoT to reality.
Dave Wilson, Director of Academic Programs, NI

We will also hear how the University of Manchester overcame the challenge of teaching measurements and control to 400 mechanical and aerospace engineering students using mobile robots and quadcopters.
Dr. Andrew Weightman, Lecturer in Medical Mechatronics, University of Manchester