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Lectures and laboratory work (3 x 2 hours) on sensor principles and applications. A number of guest lecturers are invited to present special topics. Visits to a research laboratory and to companies, which develops sensor systems, may be included.

Course contents

Measurement systems are studied in detail from sensor principle to application. The systems are chosen from the current research at the department and from industry and may e. g. be the "electronic nose" and the "electronic tongue" or biosensor systems based on surface plasmon resonance, QCM devices, the computer screen technology or a blood monitoring device for diabetes. As an introduction a short and brief overview of measurement technology, with emphasis on odor measurements, is given. The measurement system is then studied with respect to

  1. overview and basics of chemical sensor science,
  2. design of the system, read-out electronics, amplifiers
  3. signal processing, linearization, filtering, noise
  4. data acquisition and data presentation
  5. drift compensation algorithms
  6. sample handling
  7. smell and taste as scientific areas
  8. applications

Course literature

Copies of lecture material, book chapters and scientific papers are distributed during the course. Lecture handouts will be made available under the password protected section 'Questions and handouts' as the course progresses.


1. Quizzess

2. Hand-in exercises

3. Design your own Sensor system

4. Laboratory work

Quizzess (short questions about previous lecture at the start of each lecture) and hand-in exercises will show that the students have understood the important parts of the course and that they to some extent are able to use the acquired knowledge. Home exercises give grade U, 3 or 4. An extra report, a review of a number of scientific papers, may increase the grade one step.

A detailed description of the course requirements along with deadlines for hand-in exersices and choosing a Sensor system design can be found in the .pdf below

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