Sensor Nodes Laboratory

Module number: EI80005

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: Winter semester and summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Markus Becherer

Amount of work

Class attendance: 75

Private study: 75

Total: 150

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

The examination consists of presentation of the gathered contents and results in a 15 minute talk with subsequent discussion (50%), preparation of a written report that contains the content and results of the work (50%). By the delivery of the presentation the ability is tested to understand a technical/scientific subject, to analyze and evaluate facts and factors of influence, to summarize the subject and present it to an audience, and to stand a discussion about the presented subject. By the written summaries the ability is tested to summarize the major facts and the conclusion of a presentation in clear and concise manner, both in a short abstract (approx. 150words) as well as in a 4 page technical report.


The students will design and engineer a platform for different types of sensors, which are of interest for research purposes or for laboratory monitoring. The whole concept will be based on the TUMino Sensor Node platform, developed at the Chair for Nanoelectronics, which provides a unified modular framework for IoT sensors. In particular the students will work on the design, fabrication and characterization of IoT sensor nodes with different main focus on e.g. power supply, physical transducer (sensor), A/D conversion and PSoC Analog Coprocessor. TUMino is dedicated for specialized sensing tasks in the research laboratories (temperature, humidity, air-quality, ..) and for long-term monitoring of home-made research devices (gas sensors, magnetic sensors, humidity sensors, ...). In the project lab, we will concentrate on the realization of specificiations like e.g. high-precision sensing, high-accuracy A/D conversion, energy autark sensors or low-power applications on printed-circuit-board (PCB) and prototyping level. The Cypress PSoC Analog Coprocessor development hardware and/or Arduino platform will be a further building block for the TUMino project within this labcourse.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the module the students are able to evaluate sensor nodes in the framework of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) both on device and circuit level. They are able to comprehensively review building blocks of IoT devices and circuits on different levels of abstraction.


Information and teaching material will be provided in form of presentation slides, topic related short instructions and technical notes, white paper and state-of-the-art scientific literature.

Teaching and learning methods

In the framework of the project laboratory, small groups of max. 3 students will design, prototype and characterize sensor nodes in the framework of IoT applications. Small lectures will provide the theoretical background, additional reading will inspire the students to deepen their knowledge. Fabrication, development and characterization tasks are supervised by institute scientists. The students will present their results in a scientific talk and a written technical report.

Reading List

Presentation slides, topic related short instructions, technical notes, white paper, state-of-the-art scientific literature.