Networked Sensor Systems

Course Description

The course introduces phenomenon of sensorization and pervasive sensing in industry and other domains. The course focuses on physical layer of the intelligent sensors and networked embedded sensors. The concept of the intelligent sensor and international standards for its implementation are presented. Attention is given to design and implementation of the networked sensors in industry. An introduction to system design and implementation of the wireless sensor networks as energy constrained embedded systems is given. Design principles of battery operating electronic systems, as well as principles of power management in a WSN are introduced. Energy harvesting principles and implementations are presented.

General Competencies

Student has knowledge for design and implementation of the physical layer of the sensor networks as systems of embedded nodes with very low power consumption, powered from the batteries or by harvesting energy, in various application domains.

Learning Outcomes

  1. define intelligent sensor and describe principles of the corresponding international standards
  2. apply industrial field buses for sensor networking
  3. design battery powered embedded sensor with very low power consumption
  4. develop system for energy harvesting and power management
  5. combine various modes of power reduction in wireless sensor networks
  6. apply sensor networks in various applications

Forms of Teaching


Two hours of lectures are given weekly through 15 weeks.


There is a written mid exam and final oral exam.


Consultations are scheduled weekly.


Students work on a group design project.

Internship visits

Visits to industrial pratners are arranged.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 45 % 0 % 45 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Oral 35 %
Exam: Written 0 % 20 %
Exam: Oral 35 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction, networked embedded sensors, sensorization.
  2. Smart sensor concept, MEMS technology and MEMS smart sensors.
  3. IEEE 1451 standard for smart transducers.
  4. Industrial serial protocols, HART protocol.
  5. CAN protocol.
  6. Wireless sensor networks, overview, node architecture.
  7. Design of battery operated electronic systems.
  8. Mid term exam - written.
  9. Wireless sensor networks, network architecture.
  10. Wireless sensor networks, power management.
  11. Wireless sensor networks, MAC protocols.
  12. Wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting.
  13. RFID technologies and systems.
  14. Project presentations.
  15. Final exam - written and oral.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Specialization Course (3. semester)


K. Etschberger (2001.), Controller Area Network (CAN) Basics, Protocols, Chips, Applications, Hanser-Verlag
H. Karl, A. Willig (2007.), Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks, Wiley
W. Dargie, C. Poellabauer (2010.), Fundamentals of Wireless Sensor Networks: Theory and Practice, Wiley

Associate Lecturers

For students


ID 69340
  Winter semester
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable