Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2014/2015
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on COMPUTER SCIENCE, BIOMEDICAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING
Location: 
Napoli
Disciplinary sector: 
ELECTRONICS (ING-INF/01)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Course description

The general objective of the course is to acquire an understanding of the modern sensors/microsensors and actuators. Learning outcomes (according to the Dublin descriptors):
#1 Knowledge and understanding: The course is aimed to acquire the methodologies for knowledge, understanding and analysis of sensors and actuators devices.
#2 Applying knowledge and understanding: Those skills will be stimulated and improved though both theoretical and applicative lectures.
#3 Making judgements: The course should provide the capability to understand and to analyse sensing and actuating devices.
#4 Communication skills: Students will improve technical language by classroom and laboratory theoretical lessons.
#5 Learning skills: Analysis of complex problems will let the student improving its comprehension skills by describing each complex problem using a scientific methodology.

Prerequisites

Elettronica, Elettrotecnica, Fisica.

Syllabus

Introduction to Sensor and Actuator devices: the overall sensors characteristics, regardless its physical nature. Physical principles of sensing: resistance and capacitance changes, Piezoelectric effect, Pyroelectric effect, Hall effect, Seebeck and Peltier effects. Optoelectronic sensors and components. Optical Fiber. Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG): working principle and fabrication. Long period grating sensors. CCD and CMOS image sensors. Temperature sensors: RTD, thermistors, and IC sensors. Occupancy and Motion Detectors: Ultrasonic sensors and microwave motion detectors, capacitive sensors, optoelectronic motion detectors. Physical sensors in medicine. Touch sensors and touchscreen. Introduction to chemical and biosensors.

Teaching Methods

Textbooks

Jacob Fraden, Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs, and Applications, 4th ed., Springer 2010
Ping Wang, Qingjun Liu, Biomedical Sensors and Measurement, Springer 2011
Jorg Haus, Optical Sensors: Basics and Applications, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, 2010;
J.W. Gardner, Microsensors: Principles and Applications, Ed. John Wiley & Sons;
R. Jaeger, Microelettronica II Edizione, McGraw-Hill Italia 2005;
A. Sedra, K.C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits - IV Edition, EdiSES

Learning assessment

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