366.092 Sensors
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the underlying problems in the recording of the respective measurand and the solution approaches involved in the most diverse and quite complementary areas of sensor technology.Furthermore, they will have learned special features of acoustic sensors and acoustic perception.

After completing the exercise, students will be able to work with a lock-in amplifier, understand various electrical noise mechanisms, and optimize the anti theft system.

Subject of course

The lecture presents a survey of the most important sensors  and of new sensor developments: Sensors for mechanical quantities, chemical sensors, magnetic sensors. The various sensors are discussed with respect to their function, technology and possible applications. The lecture refers to the actual state of the art of microelectronic sensor technologies. The course consists of a lecture part and a practical part.

 Lecture Part:

  1. Introduction
  2. Strain sensing: Represents the starting point for essential sensing principles.
  3. Acoustic sensors: human perception, microphones, MEMS, acoustic camera
  4. Ion sensing: from simple ion sensors to the sensor chip with the highest number of sensors currently available
  5. Magnetic field sensors: they hold a front position with respect to new applications and are therefore indispensable.
  6. E-field sensors: measurement problems and sensing principles
  7. Wireless sensors: Although still few applications at present, this field is considered to hold great promise for the future. An interesting example is department store anti-theft systems.
  8. Lock-in amplifier: indispensable (!) measuring device in sensor development
  9. Interferences: Essential approaches are offered here in order to be able to deal with the conceivable interferences.

Exercise part:

  1.  Lock-in amplifier
  2.  Anti-theft device

For students interested in the field of sensor technology, please also refer to the lecture 366.093 Micro- and Nanofluidics, which deals with the current developments in the field of processing and analysis of smallest amounts of liquids. This field in particular is expected to lead to major technical developments, the benefits of which will be felt above all in the field of medical devices and life sciences.

Teaching methods

Lecture and laboratory exercise

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Appointments for the exercise part will be made during the lecture.



Course dates

Fri10:00 - 12:0007.10.2022 - 20.01.2023Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Sensors - Single appointments
Fri07.10.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri14.10.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri21.10.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri28.10.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri04.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri11.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri18.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri25.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri02.12.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri09.12.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri16.12.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri13.01.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Fri20.01.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture

Examination modalities

Examination and protocol

Written exam at the end of the semester or oral exam by appointment.
For appointment request email to franz.keplinger@auwien.ac.at, appointment then usually within a few days.

Group dates

Gruppe 1Mon08:30 - 16:3028.11.2022Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Group 1
Gruppe 2Mon08:30 - 16:3028.11.2022Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Group 2
Gruppe 3Wed08:30 - 16:3030.11.2022Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Group 3
Gruppe 4Wed08:30 - 16:3030.11.2022Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Group 4
Gruppe 5Thu08:30 - 16:3001.12.2022Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Group 5
Gruppe 6Thu08:30 - 16:3001.12.2022Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Group 6
Gruppe 7Tue08:30 - 16:3017.01.2023Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Gruppe 7
Gruppe 8Tue08:30 - 16:3017.01.2023Werkstoffelabor 366.092 Sensors Gruppe 8

Course registration

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Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 504 Master programme Embedded Systems Mandatory elective
066 507 Telecommunications Mandatory elective
066 508 Microelectronics and Photonics Mandatory elective
066 515 Automation and Robotic Systems Mandatory elective


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