Riccardo de Asmundis

University of Naples Federico IIItaly

Riccardo de Asmundis has been a senior researcher at the “Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare” (INFN), Naples Section, since January 1st 2007, where he has been working since 1991. He taught computer architecture, automatic measurements and data acquisition systems at the Information Technology Department of the University “Federico II” of Naples from 2001 until 2004. He has been a Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) and Certified Professional Instructor (CPI) for the National Instruments Company (Austin, Texas) with continuity since 2004, frequently giving courses for National Instruments Italy, both in industries and universities. He has done research in the field of experimental high energy physics, participating in the L3 experiment (1989 - 2001) and currently in the ATLAS experiment at CERN, in designing, testing and implementation of particle detectors for high energy physics and data acquisition/monitoring systems, being also an expert in technical infrastructures for detectors and experiments (power supply systems for low and high voltage, gas supply systems, even as designer engineer). He has been responsible for the design and production of gamma radiation detectors for nuclear medicine, successfully utilized in integrated machineries for automatic packaging of nuclear doses for patients in some Italian hospitals. In Naples he is the head of the high energy laboratory devoted to detector tests and quality control with cosmic rays. He is involved in some new researches devoted to develop possible applications of silicon photon detectors in Geiger regime. He recently joined the KM3NET experiment in INFN “Laboratori nazionali del Sud” (Sicily, Italy), where he is working on the development of control and monitoring software.

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Born originally as a software for instrumentation control, LabVIEW became quickly a very powerful programming language, having some peculiar characteristics which made it unique: the simplicity in creating very effective Users Interfaces and the G programming mode. While the former allows designing very professional controls panels and whole Applications, completed with features for distributing and installing them, the latter represents an innovative and enthusiastic way of programming: the Graphical representation of the code. The surprising aspect is that such a way of conceiving algorithms is absolutely similar to the SADT method (Structured Analysis and Design Technique) introduced by Douglas T. Ross and SofTech, Inc. (USA) in 1969 from an original idea of MIT, and extensively used by US Air Force for their projects. LabVIEW practically allows programming by implementing straightly the equivalent of an SADT "actigram". Beside this academical aspect, LabVIEW can be used in a variety of forms, creating projects that can spread over an enormous field of applications: from control and monitor software to data treatment and archiving; from modeling to instruments controls; from real time programming to advanced analysis tools with very powerful mathematical algorithms ready to use; from full integration with native hardware (by National Instruments) to an easy implementation of drivers for third party hardware. In this book a collection of different applications which cover a wide range of possibilities is presented. We go from simple or distributed control software to modeling done in LabVIEW; from very specific applications to usage in the educational environment.

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