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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is to present the main phases leading to the realization of a measurement system employing the most advanced technologies. To this purpose each detail is considered; from the design of the trasducer interface to the correct processing and storage of signals. A relevant amount of time is dedicated to a basic course of LabVIEW and data acquisition using DAQ cards and benchtop instruments.

Course contents


Design of the measurement system. Selection criteria, performance analysis and discussion. Interfacing of benchtop instruments, DAQ cards, embedded system, VXI, PXI.

Signal conditioning: DiffAmp and InAmp. charge amplifiers, I/V converters. Data sheets analysis and discussion. Selection criteria. Interface issues.

Cabling: grounding, shielding, noise reduction techniques.


Lab activity


LabVIEW: structure, programming and control of the measurement system. Signal acquisition and processing using LabVIEW libraries and toolkits. Design and realization of data acquisition systems based on DAQ cards and LabVIEW as well as benchtop instruments controlled via GPIB.  Analysis of simple circuits using different approaches. Development of simple measurement systems.



Application notes and pdf docs avalable on the dedicated site.

Teaching methods

Lectures, lab acivity and project development.

Assessment methods

Project development with final practical demo and theoretical discussion.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be carried out in parallel with lab activity on PC equipped with LabVIEW and DAQ cards.

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Lanzoni