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ICT22M3 Intelligent sensor systems

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Module name:

Intelligent sensor systems

Scope and form:

Lecture and  Tutorial

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks, 3h/week

Type of assessment:

20% - Homeworks
30% - Technical labs
50% - Project demo, presentation and report

Qualified Prerequisites:

4 years of university studies in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electonical Engineering  or equivalent. Proficiency with the C/C++ programming language, mathematical proof techniques, basic digital logic, basics in signal processing (I/O and file systems), network communication protocols

General module objectives:

The rapid development of inexpensive smart sensors has triggered the onset of a revolutionary transformation in information acquisition and ambient intelligence paradigms. A smart sensor integrates a microprocessor, computational memory, and a radio transmitter into one small battery operated instrument. Deploying large ensembles of smart sensors could allow for coordinated decisions based on data shared within dynamic ad hoc networks or simply as autonomous devices, as the smart sensor has the ability to virtually listen, think, and talk. MIT Technology Review lists sensor networks as one of ten emerging technologies that will change the world. The web of sensors or sensor networks is also called Sensorweb. If Internet is viewed as the circulatory system connecting the world, then Intelligent Sensor Web can be said as the nervous system sensing the world: extracting and transmitting useful and timely information for efficient decision support and quick corrective actions. Sensor web system has found promising applications in many areas, where real-time sensing, computing, communication and control play a critical role and need a transformative study. It has received much attention and investment globally as many people recognized that it will boost new economic in 21st century.

Topics and short description:

Short description: This class surveys the emerging field of Sensor web and its architectures and protocols. The module will cover a broad range of topics, including operating systems, radio communication, networking protocols, time synchronization, localization, topology control, energy management, and applications.
1. Sensor network vision and applications
2. Time Synchronization
3. Localization
4. Wireless link quality
5. Medium Access
6. Routing
7. Transport and Congestion Control

Learning outcomes:




Develop an understanding of advanced technologies in sensor web system

Critically evaluate new technologies and present information in a concise report

Analyze the design principles, architectures and protocols in sensor web system

Develop an understanding of fundamental network design concepts/algorithms and network protocols

Examine recently proposed mechanisms for the deployment and spatiotemporal configuration of networked sensors

Design and optimize algorithms, protocols and technologies for smart sensor networks

Current approaches to basic image processing and computer vision

Examines current problems and proposed solutions in sensor web and its applications

Design and analyze mechanisms for Bionic application-specific contexts

Problem formulation, obtaining & analyzing results

Programming wireless motes

Recommended literature:

Holger Karl, Andreas Willig; Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks, August 2007
Bhaskar Krishnamachari; Networking Wireless Sensors, Cambridge University Press, 2005 and