MEMS Barometers Toward Vertical Position Detection

MEMS Barometers Toward Vertical Position Detection

Background Theory, System Prototyping, and Measurement Analysis

Dimosthenis E. Bolanakis
ISBN: 9781627056410 | PDF ISBN: 9781627059688
Copyright © 2017 | 145 Pages | Publication Date: May, 2017

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Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) sensors constitute perhaps the most exciting technology of our age. The present effort incorporates all the information needed by scientists and engineers who work on research projects and/or product systems, which apply to air pressure acquisition and to its rearrangement into altitude data. Some of the potential implementations of this method (regularly referred to as barometric altimetry) include, but are not limited to, Position Location Application, Navigation Systems, Clinical Monitoring Applications, and Aircraft Instrumentation.

This book holds the key to such applications, providing readers with the theoretical basis as well as the practical perspective of the subject matter. At first, the reader is introduced to the background theory, methods, and applications of barometric altimetry. Thereafter, the book incorporates the development of wireless barometers and a (real-time monitoring) wireless sensor network system for scheduling low-cost experimental observations. Finally, a deepened understanding to the analysis procedure of pressure measurements (using Matlab script code) is performed. Some accompanying material can be found at

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Principles, Background Theory, and Applications
System Prototyping
Effects on Measurement Accuracy
Height Acquisition and Measurement Analysis
Author's Biography

About the Author(s)

Dimosthenis E. Bolanakis, Department of Air Force Science
Dimosthenis E. Bolanakis was born in Crete, Greece, in 1978. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Dept. of Electronics, Thessalonikis Educational Institute of Technology, Greece, an M.Sc. degree in Modern Electronic Technologies from the Dept. of Physics, University of Ioannina, Greece, and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Primary Education, University of Ioannina, Greece (PhD Thesis: "Research and assessment of remote experiments in physics education using wireless networks"). D. E. Bolanakis has (co)authored more than 30 papers (mainly on Research in Engineering Education) and he is one of the authors of Microcomputer Architecture: Low-level Programming Methods and Applications of the M68HC908GP32. He has refereed articles for the IEEE Transactions on Education (IEEE), Computer Applications in Engineering Education (WILEY), International Journal of Engineering Education (TEMPUS), while he has participated in research projects for a) Designing and Implementing (FPGA-based) Digital Mammography Systems, b) Reinforcing Informatics' Education, and c) Broadening Higher Education. He has been occupied as an electronic engineer in the industry from 2010-2014, while during the period 2012-2014 he joined the European System Sensors S.A. Corporation that specialized in the design of MEMS sensors. He has worked as a laboratory associate at the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, Epirus Educational Institute of Technology, Greece, for the teaching of Computer Architecture course (years: 2003-2009 with 2,334 teaching hours), as well as a teaching assistant at the Dept. of Physics, University of Ioannina, Greece, for the teaching of Microcontrollers - Microprocessors course (years: 2003-2004). His research interests include a) MEMS Sensors System-level Design and Measurement Analysis, b) C-based & FPGA-based Digital Hardware Design, and c) Research in Engineering Education. Currently he holds a Special Lab & Teaching Personnel position at Hellenic Air Force Academy (Informatics & Computers section).

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