Course title
Sensor Engineering

SAITOH Atsushi Click to show questionnaire result at 2018
Course content
Sensor corresponds to a sense organ of a living thing. Sensor as an artificial sense organ, is built into a variety of electronics equipment, and is used for getting outer and inner information of us. The information is useful for our safe and convenient life.
In this course, we touch and discuss latest sensing technology and its application.
Purpose of class
The aim of this class is
- understanding importance of sensor technology
- acquiring knowledge about realizing a practical sensor system
Goals and objectives
  1. To understand operational principle of sensors
  2. To learn the multi-sensor signal processing in order to fusion of sensor data
  3. To understand biomimetic technology in sensor engineering field
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Guidance of this class
- Check the fundamental components on sensing sysutem using practical sensing system.
Check the syllabus of this class 90minutes
2. Physical sensors
- tactile sensor and its application
Check and summarise tactile sensor. 150minutes
3. Chemical sensors 1
- taste sensor and its application
Check and summarise taste sensor. 150minutes
4. Chemical sensor 2
- odor sensor and its application
Check and summarise odor sensor 150minutes
5. Sensing system
- about composition of sensing system
Check and summarise fundamental components in sensing system. 150minutes
6. Measurement circuit for sensing system1
- circuit around sensor device
- amplifier
- filter
Check and summarise about operational amplifier, passive and active filter. 150minutes
7. Measurement circuit for sensing system2
- about circuit for signal converter (current - voltage, resistance(capacitance) - voltage, etc...)
- about circuit for signal processing (linearizer, logarithmic compression circuit, etc...)
Check and summarise about signal converter (current - voltage, resistance - voltage, capacitance - voltage, frequency - voltage)
And, check and summarise about linearize technique of sensor response property.
8. Practice using sensor 1-1 (thermistor)
- about temperature sensor, thermistor
- measurement circuit design for thermistor
Check and summarise about temperature sensor, especially themistor and its application. 150minutes
9. Practice using sensor 1-2 (thermistor)
- making measurement circuit for thermistor and its operation check
Prepare circuit diagram which is designed measurement circuit in 8th week. 150minutes
10. Practice using sensor 1-3 (thermistor)
- temperature measurement using thermistor
- analyzing measured data based on response model of heat propagation (1st report)
Prepare the processing procedure for conversion from sensor output to temperature value. 140minutes
Read the refference about analysis method of measured data of thermistor transient response. 150minutes
Summarize measured data and make your report for the temperature experiments using thermistor 180minutes
11. Artificial Neural Network (ANN)
- Neuron
- Layered neural network
Check and summarize about sensor data fusion technique.
And also check and summarize about machine learning, especially, Artificial Neural Network technique.
12. Artificial Neural Network
- about learning algorithm, Error back-propagation learning algorithm
Check and summarise about learning algorithm for ANN. 150minutes
13. Practice using sensor 2-1 (gas sensor)
- about gas sensor, metal semiconductor gas sensor
- measurement circuit design for gas sensor
Check and summarise about metal semiconductor gas senssor and the fundamental measurement circuit for the sensor. 120minutes
Summarise the data for operation check of fabricated measurement circuit. 180minutes
14. Practice using sensor 2-2 (gas sensor)
- making measurement circuit for gas sensor and its operation check
Check and summarise about pattern recogntion processing using ANN in multi sensor system. 120minutes
Summarise measured data and make your report for gas sensing using semiconductor gas sensors 180minutes
Total. - - 2660minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

1st Report 2nd Report Total.
1. 20% 10% 30%
2. 15% 25% 40%
3. 10% 20% 30%
Total. 45% 55% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Evaluation criteria:
- Be able to configure a measurement system (sensor selection, measurement circuit design and fabrication) suitable for the measurement aim.
- Be able to handle the obtained measurement data appropriately.

The above are evaluated by two reports.
The design of the measurement circuit and the appropriate summarization (pre-processing and graphing) of the measurement data can be made into 60 points.
In addition, circuit fabrication / operation check, and appropriate post-processing and consideration for data are made to be 80 points or more.
Textbooks and reference materials
Original materials are prepared for each class.
Basic knowledge of electrical circuit, electronics circuit, and signal processing.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Tuesday afternoon
  • by email (any time)
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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