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1st Edition

A Hands-On Course in Sensors Using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi

ISBN 9781351188319
Published February 19, 2018 by CRC Press
258 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Hands-On Course in Sensors using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi is the first book to give a practical and wide-ranging account of how to interface sensors and actuators with micro-controllers, Raspberry Pi and other control systems. The author describes the progression of raw signals through conditioning stages, digitization, data storage and presentation.

The collection, processing, and understanding of sensor data plays a central role in industrial and scientific activities. This book builds simplified models of large industrial or scientific installations that contain hardware and other building blocks, including services for databases, web servers, control systems, and messaging brokers. A range of case studies are included within the book, including a weather station, geophones, a water-colour monitor, capacitance measurement, the profile of laser beam, and a remote-controlled and fire-seeking robot

This book is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students taking hands-on laboratory courses in physics and engineering. Hobbyists in robotics clubs and other enthusiasts will also find this book of interest.


  • Includes practical, hands-on exercises that can be conducted in student labs, or even at home
  • Covers the latest software and hardware, and all code featured in examples is discussed in detail
  • All steps are illustrated with practical examples and case studies to enhance learning

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Sensors

Chapter 3: Actuators

Chapter 4: Microcontroller: Arduino

Chapter 5: Host computer: Raspberry Pi

Chapter 6: Control System: EPICS

Chapter 7: Messaging system: MQTT

Chapter 8: Example: Weather station with distributed sensors

Chapter 9: Example: Geophones

Chapter 10: Example: Monitor for the Color of Water

Chapter 11: Example: Capacitance Measurement

Chapter 12: Example: Profile of a Laser Beam

Chapter 13: Example: Fireseeking Robot

Chapter 14: Presenting and Writing

Appendix A: Basic Circuit Theory

Appendix B: Least-squares fit and error propagation

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Volker Ziemann obtained his PhD in accelerator physics from Dortmund University in 1990. After post-doctoral positions in Stanford at SLAC and in Geneva at CERN, where he worked on the design of the LHC, in 1995 he moved to Uppsala where he worked at the electron-cooler storage ring CELSIUS. In 2005 he moved to the physics department where he has since taught physics. He was responsible for several accelerator physics projects at CERN, DESY and XFEL. In 2014 he received the Thuréus prize from the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala.


"This unique work provides an accessible and comprehensive hands-on guide for students and professionals entering the field of modern microprocessor-based sensing and control. The examples are instructive and cover many real-world applications. A must-have book for practitioners in the field."

Jeff Corbett, Senior Scientist, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University