SANDAS - Master of Science in sensor and automation systems

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Project period: March 2016 – February 2018
Partners: Eurocon AB, ÅF AB, Combitech AB, SenseAir AB, Fiber Optic Valley, Bucher Emhart Glass
Project manager: Assistant professor Claes Mattsson, avdelningschef

Description: A new Master in Sensor and Automations Systems will be developed in collaboration with industrial partner companies. The objective of the proposed project is to transform the current Master’s program into a nationally and internationally relevant and attractive through stronger collaboration with industry and a refined thematic focus. In order to achieve these project objectives, investigation and development of both the program content and teaching methods are necessary. A preliminary investigation has shown that there is currently no second-cycle degree program in Sweden providing all of these competences.

There is an increasing demand in electronics that go beyond standalone systems, which are integrated in other (non-electronic) systems. The Internet of Things, for example, will require electronics to be embedded in a large number of physical objects in order to create interfaces between the object itself and the Internet. In many cases, sensors and actuators will play an important role for the realization of such interfaces.

Student graduating from this program will have thorough knowledge in the field of Sensor and Automation systems. The graduate is expected to have a detailed understanding of sensing principles, sensor design, as well as complex sensor systems, which can include readout, processing and communication subsystems. Moreover, the graduate should obtain knowledge of the use of sensors and sensor systems, for example, within the application field of metrology and automation. The new program will be based on existing modules which will serve as a starting point for the development.

The suggested program will use flipped classroom as pedagogical method. This concept allows the use of ICT supported education in order to provide study material outside the classroom, whereas classroom time becomes can be used for more active learning approaches. Using online material also facilitates integration of students that are part-time employees at a company.