National Instruments (NI) has announced plans for NIWeek, a graphical system design conference and exhibition targeted at engineers, scientists and members of the academic community.

NIWeek 2010, the company's 16th annual technology conference, will open on 3 August at the Austin Convention Centre in Texas and will include three days of targeted summits and tracks, technical sessions, interactive demonstrations and keynotes.

Attendees will gain advanced technical knowledge, explore graphical system design to test, measure and fix inefficient products and processes and network with peers and NI developers.

'At NIWeek 2010, we address the continuing need for more efficient user-defined solutions, explore the benefits of graphical system design to gain a competitive advantage and learn how technological advances are accelerating the speed of time to market,' said Dr James Truchard, NI chief executive officer, president and cofounder.

NIWeek 2010 highlights will include: five technical summits focused on radio-frequency and wireless, robotics, military and aerospace, vision and energy technology; four tracks focused on automated test, embedded design, industrial automation and control and software development and technology; more than 200 technical sessions and 45 hands-on technical workshops; intermediate- and advanced-level NI Labview and NI hardware and software content; more than 150 demonstrations on the exhibit floor by companies such as Averna, Hitachi, Honeywell, Lego and Texas Instruments; and daily keynotes with NI executives and industry specialists.

New to NIWeek in 2010 will be the Energy Technology Summit, which will feature sessions on developing sustainable practices in the energy industry.

NI will also host the Big Physics Symposium, where engineers and scientists can collaborate and learn how NI technologies can solve instrumentation and control challenges in physics.

On 2 August, the company will host the Academic Forum and Alliance Day.

NIWeek attendees will be able to interact with NI research and development, provide product feedback and attend networking opportunities, including nightly events and daily lunchtime peer-to-peer roundtables.