Become an architect of intelligent sensor systems!

Smart systems are the future so get involved now! Smart Systems Engineering is an exciting master's programme that teaches students to build and develop smart systems that are able to interact with their environment. Students will be able to move beyond simply generating data. They will actually be implementing intelligence at the point of data generation to enable smart interventions in response to changes in the environment. This master's programme will challenge you to always look beyond what is known to be possible.

You will work closely with fellow master students from all over the world, forming a tight, committed community. A dedicated staff of experienced lecturers and professionals in their field are ready to push you ahead: teaching you new skills and supporting and stimulating you to make the most of your time at our institute and acquiring the skills of a future engineer.


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First semester: introduction to SSE

You will experiment with the technical possibilities provided by smart sensors. The curriculum involves courses like Introduction to Smart Systems Engineering, Applied Machine Learning, Adaptive Filtering and Data Centric Architectures. You will learn how to integrate data coming from multiple, complex sensors and how to interpret these data correctly. The Master will provide you with the knowledge and tools required to model and design complex smart systems for big data applications and digital signal processing.

In addition to the technical curriculum, you will learn how to excel in the professional field by following essential, non-technical courses like Research and Ethics, Professional Skills and Community Contribution. These courses will provide you with specialized skills and knowledge on how to conduct research at a master level, the ability to reflect on ethical issues and how to solve particular problems within a multidisciplinary setting.

Second semester: specialization

After the first semester, you can choose a specialization, which is centered on the practical implementation of your acquired skills. Specialized courses include Products and Services Design, where you will be involved in the full designing process of  a sensor system related to an application, and Sensor Application Specialization, where you will explore various sensor applications in your chosen specialization area, ie. either health, energy or hightech system and materials.biology, technology, diagnostics and the health environment (think of hospitals and home care facilities).

You will also have the opportunity to engage in various projects, where you can demonstrate what you learned within a practical setting. These include a project for the course Introduction to SSE and a Smart Systems project. For the Smart Systems project, you will be working with innovative health or energy related companies or research institutes like Philips, the University Medical Center in Groningen (UMCG), University of Groningen (RuG) and the Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy.

Third semester: thesis

During your third semester, you will start working on your master thesis project, a six-month research project within the domain of health, energy and HTSM, resulting in a master thesis. A few examples of master projects from former Hanze SSE master students:

  • The use of serious gaming (WE facilities) for medical arm- and hand rehabilitation.
  • Development of a comfortable, wearable respiratory gas measuring device, to assess strain on the body during physical activity
  • Development of a model for optimal energy usage of a solar car system for maximal driving capacity within a changing environment.

Your future as a Smart Sensor Specialist

Healthcare, Energy and high-tech systems and materials (HTSM) are three major areas where the innovative application of smart sensors has become increasingly relevant. These developments provide a myriad of opportunities for the next generation of smart sensor specialists. Just think of developing new products and services that involve smart sensor innovations for medical devices, renewable energy systems, domotics or technical smart sensor applications. The scientific research environment is also a great place to put your master skills into practice. Here you will find the opportunity to work alongside scientists who focus on high tech research projects, such as seismic monitoring systems.

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