Sensor systems and multimedia

Subject description

Connected sensors and sensor systems; Sensor networks; Obtaining, capturing, transmitting and merging multimedia content; Fundamentals of processing methods; Optimization for real-time operations; Application examples; Sensors and sensor systems in medicine; Sensors and sensor systems in energetics; Responsive environments; Wearable sensor systems; Sensor systems for health, comfort and entertainment; Smart and connected environments (homes, vehicles, cities); Data security and  privacy.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to provide students with a general insight into the topic of sensors and multimedia sensor systems, required for future multimedia engineers. The course aims to present sensors and sensor systems as a technological basis for obtaining information about the user and the enviornment. The content is of interest for all students of multimedia having the desire to develop competences, which include efficient use of multimedia sensor systems and enabling user-environment interaction.

Teaching and learning methods

The lectures provide a theoretical background of the discussed chapters. The theoretical discourse is continuously updated with the presentation of various practical solutions. A critical analysis and assessment of the presented solutions is encouraged. At the end of each chapter discussion, a practical learning example is presented, which is to be solved during laboratory exercises. Students are provided with detailed study material.

In the first part of the laboratory exercises, students gradually learn how to use the dedicated sensors and the software environment. Students then assemble and deploy a working solution to the problem.

Students work on the problem in a group. The maximum number of students participating in one group in three. During the laboratory exercise, students consult with the teaching assistant.

In the second part of the laboratory exercises, students are encouraged to use the acquired knowledge in a practical way – to solve a specific problem in the form of a project task. Here again students work in groups of maximum three participators. The project task is carried out during regular consultations with teachers.

At the end of the semester, students demonstrate the operation of the designed sensor system and report their final results with a possible literature comparison.

Expected study results

Students define the basics of design, operation and use of multimedia sensor systems.

They associate the obtained theoretical knowledge with practical challenges and principles of capturing, transmitting, processing and merging multimedia content. They learn to use multimedia sensor systems to track and monitor the user and the environment. They find suitable ways to use multimedia sensor systems for various applications. They develop multimedia sensor systems for real-time operation. They test the performance of different multimedia sensor system. They evaluate different concepts that are typical of sensor systems, including transmission, processing, optimization, security and privacy.

Basic sources and literature

1.Fahmy H.M.A. Wireless Sensor Netwroks, Concepts, Applications, Exprimentation and Analysis. Springer International Publishing AG., 2016.

2. Azim M.M.A., Jiang X. Wireless Sensor Multimedia Networks: Architectures, Protocols and Applications. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, U.S., 2015.

3. Yang G.Z. Body Sensor Networks, 2nd ed. Springer-Verlang London, United Kingdom, 2014.

4. Rao K.R., Bojkovic Z.S., Bakmaz B. M. Wireless Multimedia Communication Systems. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, U.S., 2014.

5. Hercog D. Telekomunikacijska omrežja. Pasadena, Ljubljana, Slovenija, 2013.

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