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Speakers include:


Matej KrajncStephen Plumb, Branch Manager - National Instruments South Africa

Keynote Presentation – System Design for the 21st Century

Stephen obtained his bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Natal (KZN). While completing his education, Stephen worked in the Applied Physics Group on several projects relating to industrial applications of physics, most notably the application of image processing techniques and neural network solutions to conveyor belt monitoring. Based on this research, Stephen formed a company with a graduating partner, specializing in conveyor belt monitoring and other image processing related problems. During this time, projects were undertaken ranging from acoustic measurement systems to towing dynamometers. Working on such a wide variety of complex and interesting applications led to a close association with National Instruments and, in 2006, Stephen joined the company directly when he was appointed as the Branch Manager of the South African branch.





Karthik VilvanathanFanie Coetzer, Field Engineer -  National InstrumentsSouth Africa

Technical Presentations – Melbourne

Fanie completed his degree in Electronic Engineering at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, during which he participated in a 3 month exchange program in Germany, where he expanded his knowledge on robotic and industrial communication systems. He started his career as a Systems Engineer at a commercial radio station, where he gained experience in RF communication, signal analysis and system monitoring. Fanie joined the NI team in 2011 as an Applications Engineer, focusing on providing support and training to clients. During his time at NI, Fanie gained significant experience in finding solutions for customer application requirements, and building proof of concept models in a number of industries including;  food and beverage, research and military environment.




David OreJacques Cilliers, Senior Applications Engineer - National Instruments South Africa

Technical Presentations - All Locations

Jacques completed degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Johannesburg. During his studies Jacques gained experience in the fields of robotics and large scale software development. Jacques joined the National Instruments team in 2010 and currently works as an Application Engineer. He is actively involved in customer education, technical support and proof of concept development for multiple industries







RejwanPhilip Ehlers, Field Engineer - National Instruments South Africa

Technical Presentations - Auckland

Philip Ehlers completed his Degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He then started his career at a consulting engineering company which had a strong focus on the implementation of traffic control systems which included tollgate and weighbridge systems. Philip gained significant experience in automation control, high speed data acquisition and reporting systems. He then moved on to work at Citect which later became part of Schneider Electric where he worked as a Project Engineer. He gained an indebted understanding of control and reporting systems especially in the Industry environment (MMM, WWW, F&B) and understands the challenges of solutions in this environment. He participated in various projects that involved automated process control, backup power, energy management and monitoring systems and also learned to understand the value of the implementation of such systems. Philip joined National Instruments in the beginning of 2012 and focuses on solutions for the Industry market with specific focus on Mining and Utilities.




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