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Hardware & Physical Computing


Admission Requirements

Bachelor diploma


This course is about connecting computers to the physical world. We are all used to connecting ourselves to computers, for example via keyboard, mouse, monitor, and touch screen. However, many creative computing applications require a computer to connect to the physical world via other sensors (buttons, dials, thermometers, distance sensors, gps, pressure sensors, accelerometers, light sensors, …) and actuators (motors, steppermotors, servo’s, leds, lcd’s, electrical appliances, …). Typical application domains where computers sense and act in the physical world are robotics, tactile interaction, home automation and interactive installations.
This course introduces physical computing and interfacing via the Arduino open-source hardware platform. Arduino’s are inexpensive and popular micro-controller boards. Students learn to build their own Arduino board and must then apply it in a creative computing project — they must build an interactive installation or robot. Read more about Arduino at

Course Objectives

To understand processors, sensors, and actuators. Having hands-on experience with building a small computer and using this in a physical installation.

Time Table

The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of Instruction

Lectures and self study

Assessment Method

Final project


Not applicable

Reading List

Study materials will be provided by the lecturer during the course


Via program coordinator Media Technology: Nanda Milbreta:, 071-527 6994

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Contact Information

Nanda Milbreta:

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