Recerca i disseny de nous circuits electrònics per a transductors, tant per al processament del senyal com de l’energia, amb la finalitat de desenvolupar sensors intel·ligents energèticament autònoms amb aplicació transversal. Posem l'èmfasi en circuits de consum i cost reduïts i basats en microcontrolador, i en noves tècniques i mètodes per a maximitzar l'energia captada (òptica/solar, mecànica, tèrmica, de radiofreqüència, etc.). Aplicació de sensors autònoms en aplicacions de bioenginyeria i enginyeria aeroespacial.

Investigación y diseño de nuevos circuitos electrónicos para transductores, tanto para el procesamiento de la señal como de la energía, con la finalidad de desarrollar sensores inteligentes energéticamente autónomos y de aplicación transversal. Ponemos el énfasis en circuitos de consumo y coste reducidos y basados en microcontrolador, y en nuevas técnicas y métodos para maximizar la energía captada (óptica/solar, mecánica, térmica, de radiofrecuencia, etc). Complementariamente, se tratarán otros temas, como las redes de sensores inalámbricas energéticamente eficientes y aspectos de instrumentación y medida.

Research and design of new electronic circuits applied to transducers, for signal and power processing, with the aim of developing energy-autonomous smart sensors with application to any field. Emphasis will be focused on low-power and low-cost microcontroller-based circuits and on new techniques and methods for maximizing the harvested energy (optical/solar, mechanical, thermal, radiofrequency). In addition, other topics such as energy-efficient wireless sensor network and instrumentation and measurement subjects will be tackled.

Research and design of new electronic circuits applied to transducers, for signal and power processing, with the aim of developing energy-autonomous smart sensors with application to any field. Emphasis will be focused on low-power and low-cost microcontroller-based circuits and on new techniques and methods for maximizing the harvested energy (optical/solar, mechanical, thermal, radiofrequency). In addition, other topics such as energy-efficient wireless sensor network and instrumentation and measurement subjects will be tackled.

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