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LabVIEW Academy

SAINTGITS LabVIEW Academy was inaugurated on 7th April 2011 jointly by SAINTGITS Engineering College and National Instruments. It was the first and only LabVIEW Academy in Kerala. The Centre is a centralized facility for all disciplines of Engineering and Technology of SAINTGITS.

The Academy consists of National Instruments hardware like data acquisition cards, DSP cards, signal conditioning units, The centre facilities includes the latest versions of National Instruments LabVIEW software, Vision Development Module, Signal Express, NI MATRIX, LabWINDOWS, Measurements Studio and toolkits like Model Based Control Design Toolkit, Signal Processing Toolkit, PID Control Toolkit, Fuzzy logic Design Toolkit, FPGA Design Toolkit ,Digital Filter Design Toolkit etc.,

The Academy is the authorized centre to provide hands on training in LabView for engineering students, faculty and industrial personnel in and around Kerala. The Academy will also enable both students and faculty to prepare for Certified LabVIEW associate developer (CLAD). Students and faculty can tack up NI Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam in this Academy.

The Academy also provides facilities for students to carry out their under graduate and post graduate projects. The Academy is actively involved in conducting short-term courses for faculty and students from various engineering colleges. The centre also conducts courses for industries and research. The centre encourages students in various disciplines to carry out projects which lead to various prestigious awards like VI Mantra (instituted by National Instruments), NI Virtuosity (instituted by BITS, Pilani) and Institution of Engineers Award.

Objectives of the Academy

The ACADEMY is expected to meet the following goals:

i. To pursue training activities related to user education and training in areas mutually agreed to by and NI. Initially the ACADEMY will begin activities in the area of user training in LabVIEW.

ii. To strengthen the collaboration between SAINTGITS and NI, which may encourage undertaking of teaching projects and SAINTGITS to pursue its objectives of advancement and creation of knowledge through use of the facilities developed under the ACADEMY.

iii. To organize courses/workshops/seminars every year on various aspects of Algorithm Engineering and Graphical System Design.

The LabVIEW Academy set up at SAINTGITS by National Instruments is an initiative under their Planet NI (Nurturing Innovation) framework which strives to increase the employability of Indian engineering graduates by creating Centers of Excellence in engineering colleges & universities which will provide cost effective access to world class latest technology for classroom teaching-learning. To make better engineers the LabVIEW Academy follows the concept of Experiential Education using Graphical system design approach. With a mission to educate students and to discover and disseminate knowledge through research, SAINTGITS is leading the way towards producing world class engineers tuned to the demands of a fast changing global village. With a strong focus on the emphasis on fundamentals in education, SAINTGITS is in alignment with the Planet NI philosophy of experiential education.

Purpose of the Centre

  1. To Teach LabVIEW
  2. Train the students to carry out projects
  3. To Carry out Research Projects
  4. To Conduct short-term courses for

i. Students
ii. industrial participants
iii. National Instruments sponsored Participants

Advantages of Using LabVIEW

1. Increased flexibility
2. Saves time and money
3. Faster development
4. Better investment
5. Easier solutions
6. Complete environment
7. Numerous add-on software products

Application Areas

• Automotive
• Bio-medical Engineering
• Robotics
• Civil & Structural Engineering
• Metallurgy
• Mechanical & Production Engineering
• Power
• Process Control Design
• Remote Sensing
• Telecommunications
• Industrial Automation
• Image Processing
• Aerospace
• Military



1. Data Acquisition Cards including
     PCI-MIO-16E-4 Cards
     PCI-6024E Cards
     PCI-6031E Cards

2. Cameras for Image Acquisition including
3. NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite
4. LabVIEW DSP Module with NI Speedy-33 Card
5. Signal Conditioning Modules
    Programmable Isolated Input Module
    Accelerometer Input Module
    Temperature Measurement and Analysis
    Strain Measurement and Analysis


1. LabVIEW Full Development system
2. LabVIEW Simulation Module
3. LabVIEW Real Time Module
4. LabVIEW FPGA Module
5. LabVIEW PDA Module
6. LabVIEW Data Logging and Supervisory Control Module
7. NI VISION Development Module
8. Motion Assistant
9. NI Signal Express
12. Measurement Studio
13. DIAdem


1. PID Control Toolkit
     Fuzzy Logic Toolkit
2. Signal Processing Toolkit
     Wavelets and Filter banks Toolkit
     Joint Time Frequency Analysis Toolkit
3. Enterprise Connectivity Toolkit
     Statistical Process Control Toolkit
      Internet Toolkit
      Database Connectivity Toolkit
4. Model Based Control Design Toolkit
     System Identification Toolkit
     Control Design Toolkit
      Simulation Toolkit
5. Digital Filter Design Toolkit
6. DSP Test Toolkit for TIDSP
7. Express VI Development Toolkit
8. Math Interface Toolkit
9. Modulation Toolkit
10. Order Analysis Toolkit
11. Report Generation Toolkit
12. Sound and Vibration Toolkit
13. Third Octave Analysis Toolkit
14. State Diagram Toolkit
15. Simulation Interface Toolkit


Details of LabVIEW Basics course

Title of the Programme

LabVIEW Basics Core-I and Core-II

Course Coordinator

Dr. P.S. Godwin Anand


40 hours (for both Full time and part time)


 Rs.5000/- for Participants from Industries and Research organizations

 (Concession in course fee is offered to students and faculty.

Contact the course coordinator for concession details)


Degree or Diploma in Engineering or science (Any Discipline)

Payment mode

DD in favors of "SAINTGITS LabVIEW Academy " payable at Kottayam

Course Goals:

• To solve problems using LabVIEW
• To use modular programming practices
• To develop, debug and test LabVIEW VIs
• To understand VI programming architectures
• To use state machine architecture
• To use File I/O techniques
• To use data acquisition and instrument control in LabVIEW applications
• To transfer data among parallel processes
• To use LabVIEW to create applications

Course Outline:

LabVIEW Programming Environment: Components of LabVIEW, Data flow, Trouble shooting and debugging VI, Implementing a VI: Data Types, documenting code, while, for loops, Timing a VI, iterative data transfer, plotting data, structures, relating data: arrays, clusters and type definition, Common Design Techniques and patterns: Sequential programming, state machines, architectures, events, timing a design pattern and event programming, Data Management Techniques: Communicating among multiple loops: Variables, functional global variable, race condition, synchronizing data transfer, File I/O techniques: Low, high and advanced, Data Acquisition and interfacing instruments: Hardware setup, software, Measuring analog input, generating analog output, instrument control: using GPIB, serial port, software architecture, Instrument I/O assistant, VISA and instrument drivers.

Virtual instrumentation is the use of customizable software and modular measurement hardware to create user-defined measurement systems, called virtual instruments.

Traditional hardware instrumentation systems are made up of pre-defined hardware components, such as digital multimeters and oscilloscopes that are completely specific to their stimulus, analysis, or measurement function. Because of their hard-coded function, these systems are more limited in their versatility than virtual instrumentation systems. The primary difference between hardware instrumentation and virtual instrumentation is that software is used to replace a large amount of hardware. The software enables complex and expensive hardware to be replaced by already purchased computer hardware; e. g. analog-to-digital converter can act as a hardware complement of a virtual oscilloscope, a potentiostat enables frequency response acquisition and analysis in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with virtual instrumentation.

The concept of a synthetic instrument is a subset of the virtual instrument concept. A synthetic instrument is a kind of virtual instrument that is purely software defined. A synthetic instrument performs a specific synthesis, analysis, or measurement function on completely generic, measurement agnostic hardware. Virtual instruments can still have measurement specific hardware, and tend to emphasize modular hardware approaches that facilitate this specificity. Hardware supporting synthetic instruments is by definition not specific to the measurement, nor is it necessarily (or usually) modular.

Designing and testing increasingly complex products to meet tight time-to-market demands requires a highly efficient, tightly integrated platform. The LabVIEW system design platform for test, control, and embedded design spans the entire product design cycle, dramatically increasing efficiency and improving the bottom line.

Graphical System Design

Competing in today's global economy requires companies to rapidly enter the market with innovative products that offer increased functionality and operate flawlessly. The National Instruments graphical system design approach for test, control, and embedded design meets this need by providing a unified platform for designing, prototyping, and deploying applications. The NI platform empowers engineers to integrate real-world signals sooner for earlier error detection, reuse code for maximum efficiency, benefit immediately from advances in computing technology, and optimize system performance in a way that outpaces traditional design methodologies.
Benefits of Graphical System Design
• Optimal system scalability
• Quick design iteration
• Increased performance at lower costs


Blessy Mariam Markose*, Jyothi R Vijay*, Reena Varghese*, Shruthi Venugopal*
Under the Guidance of: Prof.P.S.Godwin Anand
Project carried out at: SAINTGITS Lab VIEW Academy, Kottayam, kerala


In recent years, due to advancement in engineering and technology, automobile industries have developed to a great extent. Today, many control applications systems such as automatic transmissions, engine control, ABS, climate control   system, etc., were successfully implemented. These systems make the drive safe with less strain to the driver. To add a feather to this crown of inventions, this project deals with the intelligent voice assist driving system. This system indicates in terms of visual and audio and it communicates to the driver about the driving efficiency, necessary gear shifts and about the safety warnings.  This project mainly focuses on manual transmission vehicles to improve the driving and fuel efficiency which may add life to engine. This technique is based on artificial intelligence, which compares the running gear, vehicle speed, fuel consumption, engine RPM and load in the vehicle. Based on the comparisons the intelligent system will assist the driver to shift the gear.  It also informs the driver about driving efficiency, speed, mileage etc., when asked for. Instead of producing an identical beep sound for various reasons, the voice assist informs what the exact problem is. To add more intelligence in the vehicle security system an additional biometric system can be integrated to start the vehicle. Also, in case of any collision, an emergency call is made to the hotline numbers provided, passing a pre-recorded message along with the geographical location of the car.  The entire concept is implemented using LabVIEW RTplatform.


Githin Sajeev George*, Greena Kuriakose*, Sreedevi S*,Toby James Thomas*
*Final Year Students,Department of Applied Electronics &Instrumentation,  SAINTGITS
Under the Guidance of: Prof.P.S.Godwin Anand
Project carried out at: SAINTGITS Lab VIEW Academy, Kottayam, kerala


This project presents Infiltron, an autonomous robot designed for military operations.  With increasing threats from the neighboring countries and within, the need for a substitute to human soldiers has alarmingly arisen. In war field many situations prevail where the enemy status have to be spied on and where human access is limited. In this project the robot is incorporated with different sensors, which are used to sense the target. It must have good sensing ability as it has to undergo diverse conditions. The different sensors to be used are sound sensors, thermal sensors and ultrasonic sound sensors.  Along with sensing, the images processing has to be carried out. This sensed information is transmitted to the controller, normally a human being who is at a safe location through wireless communication. This information is analyzed by the controller and decisions are implemented using remote controlling. After receiving the inputs, identification of target, understanding of commands and executing control actions has to done. This is done using algorithm in LabVIEW.

 Neelima G Sekhar,Sruthy S Nampoothiri, Stephy Mariam Varghese
*Final Year Students, Department of Applied Electronics &Instrumentation,  SAINTGITS
Under the guidance of: Prof. P.S. Godwin Anand
Project carried out at: SAINTGITS LabVIEW Academy, Kottayam, Kerala


A system for controlling the speed of a dc motor through internet is proposed. A remote user can visualize and control the motor speed. The control algorithm is designed with the help of fuzzy logic tool box in LabVIEW. Conventional control system design depends upon the development of a mathematical description of the systems behavior. The need to describe mathematically, ever increasing complexity becomes difficult and perhaps infeasible. There may be many difficulties and errors may occur when the motor is controlled without visualizing the motor speed control unit to view the control status. The proposed system uses fuzzy logic tool box in LabVIEW which may eliminates the problems in conventional method of design. An additional PID control options are provided along with fuzzy logic controller so that the user can evaluate the two controller performances and study them. A NI image acquisition tool box and a CCD camera is used for seeing the motor speed control unit to the remote  user to view the control status as such. This continuous camera output is integrated along with a  LabVIEW control panel.



Brijesh Varghese*, Ebin Alias.K.Varghese*, Jasmine George*, Tony Philip*
Department of Applied Electronics &Instrumentation, SAINTGITS
Under the guidance of: Prof. P.S. Godwin Anand
Project carried out at: SAINTGITS LabVIEW Academy, Kottayam, Kerala


Monitoring is a continuous real-time task of determining the conditions of a physical system, by recording information, recognizing and indicating anomalies in the behavior. In other words, the purpose of the monitoring is to indicate whether a process has deviated from its acceptable state, and if it has, why. The deviations are called process faults. Observation of the faults is known as fault detection, which is followed by fault isolation, determination of the location and the type of the fault. Fault Detection and Isolation (FDI) - also known by a common name fault diagnosis - can be carried out in many ways. Fault detection takes as input the current values of the process measurements and produces one or more fault indicator signals, which are often called residuals. After the detection phase there is an inference mechanism which takes the fault indicator(s) as input and decides whether a fault has occurred or not. Detection of a fault is followed by an isolation phase which carries out identification of the fault.   To carry out effective detection, it is first of all necessary to define an event carrying the fault information, which will be an indicator of fault. This event constitutes the Information Signal IS. And to take effectively this fault into account, the knowledge of its arrival moment or fault moment is necessary to proceed either to compensation by adaptation or a correction. There are five principal phases constituting the fault detection,

1. To establish the hypothesis test
2. To generate the signal information IS,
3. To detect the fault moment,
4. To estimate the fault amplitude,
5. To compensate the fault.


Dr. P.S. Godwin Anand
Professor Incharge
SAINTGITS College of Engineering
Mobile      : +91 9447520704
Office       : 0481 2436169 Ext-263
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