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ECE 2040 – Sensors, Actuators & Mechatronics

At a glance


Course Objectives

  • Discuss basics of sensors, actuators, and mechatronics
  • Describe and distinguish characteristics of sensors and actuators
  • Analyse different types of sensors, such as optical, acoustic, thermal, and magnetic
  • Articulate MEMS and smart sensors
  • Demonstrate few case studies based on Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and self-driving cars as applications of the concepts covered in the course

Prior Preparation

ECE 2030 - Electronics I

Course Description

  • Sensors and actuators (introduction, performance characteristics of sensors and actuators, optical sensors, temperature sensors, magnetic and electromagnetic sensors, mechanical sensors, acoustic sensors, MEMS, smart sensors, actuators)
  • Mechatronics (case studies based on Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and self-driving cars)

Learning Resources

  • Fraden, J. (2004). Handbook of modern sensors: physics, designs, and applications. Springer-Verlag.