Sensors, Actuators, and Their Interfaces: A Multidisciplinary Introduction has been written based on the theory that a system is made of three components: Inputs (viewed as sensors), Outputs (viewed as actuators) and Processor (the unit to which the inputs and outputs are connected and performs all, or most tasks needed to interface them).
The approach to sensing taken looks at sensors and actuators based on the broad area of detection. This has the advantage that in a particular class of sensors only one or a few related physical principles are used, simplifying the understanding of the theory behind sensing and actuation. Important coverage is given to interfacing (the processes and mechanisms between the sensor and actuator) that make a system work reliably and accurately.
Presented with clear explanations, examples and diagrams, this book is ideal for course study, training and self-study in the field of systems engineering.
About the author
Nathan Ida is the Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron. He is the author of five previous books in the area of Electromagnetics and over 250 journal and conference papers. A Fellow of the IEEE and the American Society for non-destructive testing, he is active in numerous conferences and symposia that emphasize interdisciplinary research and practical applications.
Students and practitioners concerned with systems engineering in a broad variety of fields, especially those that depend on sensors for detecting pre-determined conditions.