Sensor system design

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course is aimed at teaching the main methodological tools used for the design of digital systems, with a focus on sensor systems. A special attention is dedicated to the main approaches in designing embedded systems and to the acquisition, conditioning and processing of analog and digital signals generated by sensors.
Expected learning outcomes
The student should be able to apply the studied techniques for digital design (RTL design, synthesis using VHDL). Moreover, he should: know the measuring principle of the most common sensors; be able to design the necessary signal conditioning circuits; be able to choose the correct A/D converter technology and to choose the right conversion parameters, such as sampling frequency and resolution.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Aim of this course is to make the student know the main methodologies and technologies for the design of digital systems, with a special attention dedicated to systems employing sensors.
In particular, the main topics presented in the course are:
- a survey on the fundamentals of electronic circuits;
- the most common approaches to the design of embedded systems (RTL design, design with VHDL, microcontroller-based design);
- acquisition and management of analog signals;
- working principles and interfacing techniques of the most common sensors.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of the basic topics of Mathematics and Physics taught in scientific undergraduate courses.
Teaching methods
Teaching Resources
- Web sites:
- Lecture slides
- Further bibliography provided during the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written test, aimed to assess the level of understanding of the taught arguments.
The grade obtained in the written test can be optionally improved by carrying out an extra project assigned by the teacher.
INF/01 - INFORMATICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Pedersini Federico
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