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. Students can acqire to understand operational principle of sensors.
  2. Students can acqire to learn the multi-sensor signal processing in order to fusion of sensor data.
  3. Students can acqire to understand biomimetic technology in sensor engineering field.
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% -
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 150minutes
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. Exercise for development of sensor device1
− Execise for development of sensor device
* Group work
* In this exercise, Familiar materials around us should be used.
Read the class materials shared in advance. 120minutes
Collect information on the sensor to be developed based on the materials shared in advance. 150minutes
14. Exercise for development of sensor device2
− Group work Continuing from the previous week
— Summarization and submission of the report on the results of the group discussion
Reconfirm what was discussed in the group in the previous week, and collect information for the next discussion, and create report materials. 150minutes
Summarize what was discussed in the group as the report of your group. 150minutes
Total. - - 2690minutes
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.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in the class
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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