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Chautauqua Course DAY-23


An Introduction to LabVIEW


PETER E. POWERS, Department of Physics, University of Dayton


May 23-25, 2013 in Dayton, OH                                                                                Apply: DAY


Note:  This course has course fee of $195 (in addition to the $100 application fee), which covers course-related expenses.  Optional reduced rate lodging will be available to early applicants. Due to the hands-on nature of this course, there will be a strict limit on enrollment.


LabVIEW is a popular software product particularly well-suited for instrument control and data acquisition. LabVIEW’s visual-based programming environment has found a large and enthusiastic following in graduate schools, national labs, and industrial laboratories. It lets students with little or no programming experience learn quickly how to communicate with and control virtually any laboratory instrument. Moreover, the visual-based programming is one that students find enjoyable rather than intimidating. Providing students with training in LabVIEW also gives them a valuable resume entry.

This course takes a hands-on approach starting with the basic operation and programming features of LabVIEW assuming no previous experience. A strong emphasis is placed on interfacing with data acquisition boards to allow reading from and writing to an external system. We also will cover how to control, communicate with, and customize external devices such as oscilloscopes and function generators using LabVIEW drivers available over the internet. Finally we will learn how to write our own instrument drivers.


For college teachers of: undergraduate science courses, instrumentation and electronics courses, and those interested in computerized data acquisition and analysis.   Prerequisites: none. 



Costs for 2013

Application fee: $100

Course fee: $195 [Due in April 2013]

Optional campus lodging: $58 per person per night in a single



Dr. Powers is a Professor of Physics and Electro-Optics at the University of Dayton. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow in SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics. His research interests are in nonlinear optics, laser radar, and spectroscopy. His laboratory makes wide use of LabVIEW for instrument control and data acquisition. He teaches an undergraduate electronics course to physics majors where he introduces all of them to LabVIEW. His graduate students learn LabVIEW and use it extensively in their research..



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