MORA Niccolo'
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MORA Niccolo'
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First semester
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Italian; english, if required

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Ability to learn principles

The student will acquire knowledge on the main considerations and issues in designing and realizing IoT systems. In particular, topics on signal acquisition, conditioning, data transmission, power consumption, manufacturing, security and reliability will be discussed. With such introductory classes, the student will develop knowledge on base IoT architectures, the main standards for interoperability and main performance metrics.

Ability to apply learned principles

This course focuses on practical case studies, useful to demonstrate how to apply learned concept to the design, realization and test of an IoT device. The whole device development chain is discussed, from sensor interfacing to signal acquisition and processing, power management and manufacturing.

Learning objectives

This course aims at presenting basic topics on IoT enabling technologies. It cannot fully and exhaustively cover all technological aspects of the field, which is recent and in continuous evolution. Therefore, the focus will be on common aspects and evaluation metrics, to give some foundations upon which the student will autonomously build future specific professional knowledge. Relevant technical and scientific references will be introduced, for continuous self-learning.

Communication skills

The student will learn how to effectively discuss the main design phases, choices and challenges.

Course contents summary

This course aims at introducing electronic design techniques for “Internet of Things (IoT)” applications by means of specific case studies. Course contents are as follows:
- Introduction to IoT
- Power supply and power profiling of IoT devices
- Good practices in the design and manufacturing of IoT devices
- Signal acquisition and conditioning: the analog domain
- Signal and conditioning: the digital domain

Course contents

Introduction to IoT

Power supply and power profiling of IoT devices:
- Summary of power supply architectures for IoT devices
- Power supply stabilization
- Typical instantaneous and quiescent power profiles of IoT modules

Good practices in the design and manufacturing of IoT devices:
- Specifications analysis
- IoT device PCB manufacturing: components choice, layout, inter-IC communication protocols

Signal acquisition and conditioning: the analog domain:
- Case study_ typical IoT sensors
- Basics Signal conditioning and A/D conversion

Signal and conditioning: the digital domain:
- elements of z-transform, DTFT, FFT, FIR filters
- optimal FIR filtering
- adaptive FIR filters
- Kalman filtering

Recommended readings

- Course slides
- For general digital signal processing techniques: Proakis, Manolakis “Digital Signal Processing, 4th ed.”, Pearnson, 2013.
- For general IoT guidelines: Lea, "Internet of Things for Architects: Architecting IoT solutions by implementing sensors, communication infrastructure, edge computing, analytics, and security", Packt Publishing, 2018.

Teaching methods

The course is based on a series of lectures focused on theorical topics as well as practical case studies.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam consists in a discussion about main concepts presented during classes.