Smart, intelligent and cogent MEMS based sensors

E. Gaura, R.M. Newman

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The paper develops a terminology to describe sensors which have been enhanced in some way by the integration of some additional processing circuitry. Several terms, current in the literature, including 'smart sensors' and 'intelligent sensors' are discussed and the 'cogent' sensor is introduced. This is followed by a brief review of existing and potential applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to microsensors, in terms of technology integration, device level performance enhancement and system level added functionality. Examples of AI applications to the design of smart, intelligent and cogent microsystems will include sensor data validation, correction and missing data restoration, sensor fault detection, intelligent actuation and information inference from sensor data. Hardware implementations of ANNs to support the functions above are mentioned and the future of AI for sensors is discussed. © 2004 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, 2004
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0-7803-8635-3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2005
EventInternational Symposium on Intelligent Control - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 4 Sept 20044 Sept 2004


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Intelligent Control
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data reduction
  • Intelligent control
  • Microelectromechanical devices
  • Microprocessor chips
  • VLSI circuits, Cogent sensors
  • Intelligent sensors
  • Objective optimization
  • Smart sensors, Sensor data fusion


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