Inertial sensors—applications and challenges in a nutshell

Thomas Seel*, Manon Kok, Ryan S. McGinnis

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This editorial provides a concise introduction to the methods and applications of inertial sensors. We briefly describe the main characteristics of inertial sensors and highlight the broad range of applications as well as the methodological challenges. Finally, for the reader’s guidance, we give a succinct overview of the papers included in this special issue.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6221
Number of pages5
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Accelerometers
  • Body area networks
  • Error modeling and calibration
  • Gyroscopes
  • Inertial motion tracking
  • Inertial sensors in health care and sports engineering
  • Inertial sensors in robotics and manufacturing
  • Inertial sensors in vehicle motion estimation and control
  • Localization and mapping
  • Machine learning applied to inertial sensor data
  • Magnetometers
  • Sensor fusion

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