Finalists for Northern European Awards announced

16 November 2016

Judges selected the best case studies from Northern Europe to be celebrated at National Instruments’ Engineering Impact Awards on the 28th November.

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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