DSP System Design Challenges

Modern electronic systems are ubiquitous in the world around us. From cyber-physical systems, RF/Wireless and transportation to health care and energy, these are becoming increasingly real-time, parallel and heterogeneous. All versions of these systems have to incorporate essential elements of engineering to function properly and signal processing and analysis is one of them. Future engineers will be challenged to rapidly incorporate highly sophisticated signal processing algorithms as part of the system design process. Graphical system design enables them to achieve this goal. In this talk, we will explore how this approach enables integration of highly sophisticated signal processing algorithms to build real-world systems that solve challenges from building the future wireless standards or detecting cancer to regulating the next generation smart grid.


Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments president and CEO, cofounded the company in 1976 while working at The University of Texas at Austin. Under Truchard's leadership, NI has pioneered the development of virtual instrumentation software and hardware that revolutionizes the way engineers design and develop test and measurement applications.

As NI has grown from a three-man team to a multinational organization with more than 6,100 employees, Truchard continues to lead the company with the same entrepreneurial mindset that led to its inception more than 35 years ago. He focuses on ensuring employees have a working environment that fosters innovation, and as a result, NI has seen 33 years of growth in its 35-year history.

Truchard also is an active supporter of the NI academic program which focuses on growing students’ science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through hands-on, project-based learning. Before founding NI, Truchard worked as managing director of the acoustical measurements division at Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin. Truchard holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in physics, all from The University of Texas at Austin.

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