Teaching measurement fundamentals

H. Kirkham, M. Albu, M. Engels, G. Frigo, A. Hedayatipour, D. Laverty, A. Von Meier, A. Riepmeks, D. R. White, Z. M. Yang

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Abstract

While it has always been true that measurements are made to guide decision-making, there is abundant evidence that not all measurement results are meaningful. We give examples of fully-functional, tested and trusted measurement systems producing nonsensical results. A common characteristic of such systems is they are designed without a clear understanding of the purpose or context of the measurements. To help ensure measurements are designed and used fit for the intended purpose, we propose that, in addition to the appropriate instrumentation, technology, and techniques, all engineering and science students be taught the basics of measurement theory and an overview of measurement infrastructure. We estimate that this can be accomplished in a single semester course. Essential and important elements of the syllabus are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 59th Annual International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University, RTUCON 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538669037
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Mar 2019
Event59th IEEE Annual International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University, RTUCON 2018 - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 12 Nov 201813 Nov 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 59th Annual International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University, RTUCON 2018 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference59th IEEE Annual International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University, RTUCON 2018
CountryLatvia
CityRiga
Period12/11/201813/11/2018

Keywords

  • measurement teaching
  • measurement theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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