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PhD. Arduino Course in LTU; a new way to build instruments and collect data

Published: 18 April 2019

From January 14th to March 20th Professor David J. Cuartielles of Malmö University has imparted the Course “Introduction to software and electronics for instrumentation and data collection” to eleven LTU PhD. Students.

This course has been an initiative of the Group of Atmospheric Science (GAS). During ten sessions students have become familiar with contents as basic microcontroller programming in C, reading sensors and controlling actuators, getting processors into low-power mode, creating high latency systems, optimizing reading speeds, logging data on memory cards, connecting Arduino boards to different software packages for direct data acquisition on computers or design their own electronic board with KiCad among others.

The teaching experience, in the words of Professor Cuartielles “has been very positive and permitted a good introduction for the beginners level students in this kind of software and a deepening exploration for the advanced level students too.”

Now is time for the final projects of the students. They will work with a topic of relevance for their future work or research. The Project basic proposals have been introduced by the students in the last session, where they got feedback and discussed the plausible implementation plan. The proposal included the development of dataloggers using memory cards or computers as systems to capture data, also a workflow showing how to display the data through a visual representation should be presented. The projects will be presented as open source solutions to be published on Elsevier’s HardwareX journal.