Course details

Sensors and Measurement

SEM Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Introduction to mathematical and physical background to measurement methods and technologies. Introduction to relevant circuitry used in measurement. Introduction to accuracy and uncertainty approaches in data evaluation. Technology and methods used in measuring various physical properties. Communication interfaces common to sensors.


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Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 6 hrs exercises
  • 6 hrs laboratories
  • 14 hrs projects

Assessment points

  • 55 pts final exam (40 pts written part, 15 pts test part)
  • 15 pts mid-term test (9 pts written part, 6 pts test part)
  • 6 pts numeric exercises
  • 6 pts labs
  • 18 pts projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The the acquainted knowledge belongs the measurement of physical quantities, how to convert physical quantities to electronic form using sensors and how to transmit, process, and use acquired data. Everything is oriented on intelligent sensors, sensor networks and smart homes.

Learning objectives

Introduce students via lectures, practical sessions to the field of measurement. Present to students commons electrical circuits, one may encounter while measuring. Demonstrate various approaches to measure chosen physical properties. Introduce students to various interfaces he may use to retrieve data from sensors and approaches to evaluate these data.

Why is the course taught

Whether in robotics, industry, or IoT, sensorics in an important yet fundamental part of any system on which many systems depend. It is essential for a graduate of the technical field to have at least a basic awareness of these technologies, principles and their limitations. The skills acquired in this course will enable the student to participate on projects dealing with these issues, or to work in a qualified and informed manner on the systems that processes or otherwise depends on the data from the sensors.

Recommended prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Valid schooling of Edict No. 50 (work with electrical devices) is needed.

Study literature

  • WEBSTER, John G. a Halit EREN. Measurement, instrumentation, and sensors handbook: electromagnetic, optical, radiation, chemical, and biomedical measurement. Second edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2014]. ISBN 9781439848883.
  • MUKHOPADHYAY, Subhas Chandra, ed. Next Generation Sensors and Systems [online]. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016. Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21671-3. ISBN 978-3-319-21670-6.
  • NAWROCKI, Waldemar. Measurement systems and sensors. Second edition. Boston: Artech House, [2016]. Artech House remote sensing library. ISBN 9781608079322.
  • ĎAĎO, S. - KREIDL, M. 1996. Senzory a měřicí obvody. 1. vydání. Praha: Vydavatelství ČVUT, 1996. 315 s. ISBN 80-01-02057-6.
  • ZEHNULA, K. 1983. Snímače neelektrických veličin. 2. vydání. Praha: Nakladatelství technické literatury, 1983. 371 s.
  • BEJČEK, L., ČEJKA, M., REZ, J., GESCHEIDTOVÁ, E., STEINBAUER, M. Měření v elektrotechnice. Měření v elektrotechnice. VUT- FEKT, 2002.
  • BARTUŠEK, Karel, et al. a Miloslav STEINBAUER. Měření v elektrotechnice. 2., přeprac. a dopl. vyd. Brno: VUTIUM, 2010, 212 s.
  • HALLIDAY, David, Robert RESNICK a Jearl WALKER, DUB, Petr, ed. Fyzika. 2., přeprac. vyd. Přeložil Miroslav ČERNÝ. Brno: VUTIUM, c2013. Překlady vysokoškolských učebnic. ISBN 978-80-214-4123-1,.
  • FRADEN, Jacob. Handbook of Modern Sensors [online]. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-19303-8. ISBN 978-3-319-19302-1.

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Selected chapters of physics related to measurement technologies
  2. Common electric circuits in measurement.
  3. Introduction to measurement and metrology.
  4. Sensors.
  5. Measurements of Electrical properties.
  6. Temperature measurements.
  7. Position, velocity and acceleration measurements.
  8. Force, pressure and mass measurements.
  9. Optical measurements and EM radiation measurements.
  10. Other common measurements.
  11. Humidity, surface level and flow measurements.
  12. Communication interfaces.
  13. Application analysis and future trends.

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  1. Theoretical calculations - calculating bridge circuit for an application (force measurement, temperature measurement).
  2. Theoretical calculations - calculating accuracy and uncertainty
  3. Theoretical calculations - calculating parameters of electrical components and circuits

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  1. Sensor design and utilization for measurement.
  2. Complex measurements using existing equipment.
  3. Work with oscilloscope.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  1. Processing of a project from the selected part of the course.

Progress assessment

  1. Written midterm test.
  2. Participation and active work in laboratories + exercises.
  3. Project (minimum is 3 points).

Controlled instruction

In the case of missed HW laboratories it is possible to replace them until the laboratory is ready for further laboratory practice. Please inform the head of the laboratory or the course supervisor without any delay.

Exam prerequisites

Student must gain at least 15 points during the term. Minimum for the project is 3 points.

Course inclusion in study plans

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