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Sensor Technology

We develop sensor technologies as well as integrated sensor systems for industrial and research-related applications. We solve and optimize customer-specific measurement tasks by combining various sensor technologies.


Infrastructure and Tools

  • Particle and gas measurement laboratory
  • Optics and laser laboratory
  • MATLAB, Simulink, LabView, Python, C/C++, Java
  • LightTools
  • PCB design and development
  • 3D printing facility


  • R&D projects with industry partners and funding agencies (e.g. Innosuisse, SNF, FHNW Foundation, federal offices, Interreg, Horizon Europe, Eurostars)
  • Service projects
  • Feasibility studies
  • Student projects
  • National and international cooperation with universities and research centers

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Selected projects

  • Soil conductivity sensor
  •  Sensor system for trace-level particulate matter
  • Distributed sensor system for air quality measurements
  • Fiber optic sensing system for accelerated material aging
  • Intelligent white cane
  • Low-power embedded system for voice recognition with AI

DUWAS: Sensor warns against volcanic ash

To increase the safety of aviation, the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland is developing a sensor that detects volcanic ash.

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Aesthesiometer for measuring corneal sensitivity

Feasibility study for the development of an aesthesiometer.

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Prof. Dr. Ernest Weingartner
Prof. Dr. Ernest Weingartner Lecturer in Sensor and Aerosol Technology
Telephone +41 56 202 79 18 (direct)
Prof. Dr. Miklós Lenner
Prof. Dr. Miklós Lenner Lecturer in Measurement- and Sensing Technologies
Telephone +41 56 202 76 96 (direct)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Gorenflo
Prof. Dr. Stefan Gorenflo Lecturer for Signal Processing
Telephone +41 56 202 87 24 (direct)
Prof. Dr. Gerd Simons
Prof. Dr. Gerd Simons Head of FHNW Institute for Sensors and Electronics
Telephone +41 56 202 75 68 (direct)