Sensors and Actuators

Contents

Sensors and actuators are the interfaces between the physical and the electrical world. Our research covers various aspects of the measurement chain ranging from the physical sensor and actuator effects, conversion to/from electrical signals, analog signal conditioning to digital signal processing, frequently within a "smart sensor" or "smart actuator".

Lectures with courses [VK]

[700.500] CAE of Mechatronic Systems I

Semester

Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl, Dr. Markus Neumayer

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

VK (lecture with integrated courses, project, exercises or mini-seminar)

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

Computer aided design and optimization gains more and more importance in the development process of new products. A comprehensive knowledge about the physical effects and numerical schemes is essential for setting up useful numerical simulations. After an engineering oriented introduction to the mathematical modeling of materials, the students will learn to use numerical simulation to design and optimize entire mechatronic systems. With respect to the development of "smart systems" it is recommended to attend in parallel "Measurement Signal Processing".

Topics

Fundamentals
  • Electrical material properties : Conductivity, Permittivity, Permeability
  • Mechanical material properties
  • Mathematical modeling
Physical Effects, such as
  • Piezoelectricity (e.g. energy harvesting, nano-positioning)
  • Piezoresistivity (e.g. static force measurement)
  • (Di-)Electrophoresis (e.g. e-ink)
  • Hall, AMR, GMR, Fluxgate (e.g. submarine navigation)
  • Electrooptical and magnetooptical effects
  • ...
Introduction to numerical methods
  • FEM, FIT, BEM
  • Stationary/transient analysis
Application examples

Keywords

Sensor effects, actuator effects, simulation, physical modeling

Prior knowledge

Sound background in mathematics

Learning objective

Acquire physical background knowledge and experience in the computer aided design of mechatronic systems

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

Measurement Signal Processing (recommended in parallel)

[700.550] CAE of Mechatronic Systems II

Semester

Summer semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

VK (lecture with integrated courses, project, exercises or mini-seminar)

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

Continuation of CAE of Mechatronic Systems I with a focus on application examples

Topics

Extension of CAE of Mechatronics I

Keywords

Sensor effects, actuator effects, simulation, physical modeling

Prior knowledge

Sound background in mathematics
CAE of mechatronic systems I

Learning objective

Acquire physical background knowledge and experience in the computer aided design of mechatronic systems

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

[700.544] Wireless Transducers

Semester

Summer Semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

VK (lecture with integrated courses, project, exercises or mini-seminar)

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

This course focuses on wireless sensors and actuators, in particular with respect to autarkic system (i.e. systems comprising sensors, actuators, wireless communication, energy harvesting, energy storage, signal processing). Sensor and actuator effects are analyzed with respect to power and energy requirements. Energy harvesting methods, different types of energy storage and electronic circuitry as part of the energy management concept are presented.

Topics

Topics include:
Sensor and actuator effects for wireless applications
Energy Harvesting from various sources (light, mechanic motion, temperature gradients, electromagnetic fields, vibration, chemical ...)
Energy storage (primary and secondary batteries, supercaps)
Electronic circuitry for power management (rectifier, DC/DC converters,...)
Wake-up circuitry
Power Management
Wireless communication, RFID and Sensors/Actuators
Transducer Electronic Datasheet
Pairing of Wireless Transducers
Application Examples

Keywords

Optimization, robust design, reliability, FTA, FMEA, DOE

Prior knowledge

none

Learning objective

Acquire an overview of and experience with methods for the design of wireless transducers

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of mechatronic Systems

Recommended Lectures

Sensor Networks

[700.540] Measurement Signal Processing

Semester

Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

VK (lecture with integrated courses, project, exercises or mini-seminar)

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

This course focuses on the processing of measurement data, in particular with respect to sensors and measurement (also with respect to resource limited wireless sensors). The theory is applied to examples of mechatronic systems (thus it is recommended to also attend CAE of mechatronic systems I). As a continuation, the course Robust Design and Reliability extends the approach towards system optimization.

Topics

Topics include:
Review of the measurement chain
Review of sources of uncertainty
Review evaluation of uncertainty in measurement
Estimation theory (CRLB, MVUE, ML, BLUE, LS, MMSE, MAP LMMSE)
Detection Theory (NP LRT, GLRT)
Applications (? CAE of mechatronic systems I)

Keywords

Algorithms for smart sensors, estimation theory, detection theory

Prior knowledge

Stochastic I

Learning objective

Acquire an overview of and experience with methods for the design measurement signal processing algorihtms

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers

Recommended Lectures

Robust Design and Reliability (as a continuation)
CAE of mechatronic Systems (parallel)

[700.544] Wireless Transducers

Semester

Summer Semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

VK (lecture with integrated courses, project, exercises or mini-seminar)

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

This course focuses on wireless sensors and actuators, in particular with respect to autarkic system (i.e. systems comprising sensors, actuators, wireless communication, energy harvesting, energy storage, signal processing). Sensor and actuator effects are analyzed with respect to power and energy requirements. Energy harvesting methods, different types of energy storage and electronic circuitry as part of the energy management concept are presented.

Topics

Topics include:
Sensor and actuator effects for wireless applications
Energy Harvesting from various sources (light, mechanic motion, temperature gradients, electromagnetic fields, vibration, chemical ...)
Energy storage (primary and secondary batteries, supercaps)
Electronic circuitry for power management (rectifier, DC/DC converters,...)
Wake-up circuitry
Power Management
Wireless communication, RFID and Sensors/Actuators
Transducer Electronic Datasheet
Pairing of Wireless Transducers
Application Examples

Keywords

Optimization, robust design, reliability, FTA, FMEA, DOE

Prior knowledge

none

Learning objective

Acquire an overview of and experience with methods for the design of wireless transducers

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of mechatronic Systems

Recommended Lectures

Sensor Networks

[700.542] Robust Design and Reliability

Semester

Summer semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

VK (lecture with integrated courses, project, exercises or mini-seminar)

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

Mechatronic systems achieve over more and more capabilities and perform more and more tasks autonomously. Thus, it is of extreme importance that the systems are reliable under all operation conditions and can tolerate certain tolerances of parameters. This course offers an overview of the concepts and introduction to important methods. The course links robust design, optimization and reliability engineering with sensor and actuator design and measurement signal processing. In the accompanying exercise the methods will be applied to sensor and actuator examples.

Topics

Topics include:
Introduction to Failure Modes
Probabilistic Modeling of Failures and Statistical Evaluation
Root Causes of Failures (including Electromagnetic Disturbances)
Methods for improvement of reliability
Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
Fault Injection
Experimental Design (DOE) (Taguchi, Classical, Bayesian)
Robust Design – Definition of Target Functions
Functional Safety

Keywords

Optimization, robust design, reliability, FTA, FMEA, DOE

Prior knowledge

none

Learning objective

Acquire an overview of and experience with methods for robust design and reliability engineering

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers

Recommended Lectures

Stochastic 1
Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of mechatronic Systems

Courses and Labs [KU]

[700.501] CAE of Mechatronic Systems I

Semester

Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl, Dr. Markus Neumayer

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

KU

2 SWS, 3 ECTS

Description

Various concepts presented in the lecture will be studied in practical examples

Topics

Refer to lecture

Keywords

Sensor effects, actuator effects, simulation, physical modeling

Prior knowledge

CAE of Mechatronic Systems I (course in parallel)

Learning objective

Acquire experience in the application of computer aided methods for the design of mechatronic systems

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

Measurement Signal Processing

[700.551] CAE of Mechatronic Systems II

Semester

Summer semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

KU

2 SWS, 3 ECTS

Description

Various concepts presented in the lecture will be studied in practical examples

Topics

Acquire experience in the application of computer aided methods for the design of mechatronic systems

Keywords

Sensor effects, actuator effects, simulation, physical modeling

Prior knowledge

Sound background in mathematics
CAE of mechatronic systems I
CAE of mechatronic systems II (course in parallel)

Learning objective

Acquire physical background knowledge and experience in the computer aided design of mechatronic systems

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

[700.543] Robust Design and Reliability

Semester

Summer semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

DI Klaus Hörmaier

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Klaus.Hoermaier@aau.at, Klaus.Hoermaier@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

KU

2 SWS, 3 ECTS

Description

Various concepts presented in the lecture will be studied in practical examples

Topics

Refer to lecture

Keywords

FMEA, FTA, Functional Safety, EMC, DOE

Prior knowledge

none

Learning objective

Acquire an experience with methods for robust design and reliability engineering

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers

Recommended Lectures

Stochastic 1
Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of Mechatronic Systems

[700.541] Measurement Signal Processing

Semester

Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"
  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at, Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

KU

2 SWS, 3 ECTS

Description

Various concepts presented in the lecture will be studied in practical examples

Topics

Refer to lecture

Keywords

Algorithms for smart sensors, estimation theory, detection theory

Prior knowledge

Stochastic I
Measurement Signal Processing (in parallel)

Learning objective

Acquire an overview of and experience with methods for the design measurement signal processing algorithms

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers

Recommended Lectures

Robust Design and Reliability (as a continuation)
CAE of mechatronic Systems (parallel)

[700.599] Privatissimum for Master and PhD-Students

Semester

Summer/Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Masterthesis

Recommended Semester

6

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

KU

2 SWS, 6 ECTS (30 togehter with master thesis)

Description

Students work independently on a research oriented project. Individual assignment (contact Prof. Zangl for more information)

Topics

Open

Keywords

Prior knowledge

Depends on the topic

Learning objective

Gain experience in scientific work in the field of (smart) sensor and actuators

Recommended Literature

Will be given individually

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of Mechatronic Systems I and II
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

Depends on topic

[700.800] Privatissimum zur Praxis

Semester

Summer/Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Industrial Track

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

KU

1 SWS,(18 ECTS with Practice)

Description

Students work independently on a research oriented industrial project. Individual assignment (contact Prof. Zangl for more information)

Topics

Examples: www.aau.at/sat
Please contact Prof. Zangl for other open topics.

Keywords

Prior knowledge

Depends on the topic

Learning objective

Gain practical experience

Recommended Literature

Will be given individually

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of Mechatronic Systems I and II
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

Depends on topic

Research Seminar and Project

[700.597] Seminar in Sensors and Actuators

Semester

Summer semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical supplementary subject I and II

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

SE

2 SWS, 4 ECTS

Description

In this seminar topical subjects in the area of Smart Sensors and Actuators will be regarded. Based on topical scientific publications on a particular subject participants develop presentations and a report on the selected topic, and finally give a talk for their fellow students and their supervisor. NOTE: The seminar will be held in blocks. Topics will be presented and assigned in the first meeting. Also the semester's schedule will be presented in the first meeting.

Topics

Smart Sensors and Actuators in industrial, automotive and robotic applications

Keywords

Prior knowledge

Learning objective

Improve knowledge in a particular field.
Learn to read and interpret scientific publications.
Presentation and to discuss scientific work with an audience.

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of Mechatronic Systems I and II
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures

[700.xxx] Research Seminar in Sensors and Actuators

Semester

Summer/Winter semester

Allocation in the Curriculum

Master Curriculum, Information Technology

  • Technical specialization "Sensors and Actuators"

Recommended Semester

Teacher

Prof. Hubert Zangl

Sensors and Actuators Group, Institute of Smart Systems Technologies

Email: Hubert.Zangl@aau.at

Type of lecture and number of credits

SE

2 SWS, 6 ECTS

Description

In this research seminar topical subjects in the area of Smart Sensors and Actuators will be regarded. Based on topical scientific publications on a particular subject participants develop presentations and a report on the selected topic, and finally give a talk for their fellow students and their supervisor. NOTE: The seminar will be held in blocks. Topics will be presented and assigned in the first meeting. Also the semester's schedule will be presented in the first meeting.

Topics

Smart Sensors and Actuators in industrial, automotive and robotic applications

Keywords

Prior knowledge

Learning objective

Improve knowledge in a particular field.
Learn to read and interpret scientific publications.
Presentation and to discuss scientific work with an audience.

Recommended Literature

Will be given in the course

Language

English

Related Lectures

Wireless Transducers
Measurement Signal Processing
CAE of Mechatronic Systems I and II
Robust Design and Reliability

Recommended Lectures