Much of the advance of technology over the years has come from the ability to measure things of interest and then act upon that information. Innovative uses of instruments to glean information are providing new tools for use in hospitals, homes, industrial plants, and even in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) (sometimes called drones).
My initial training in engineering was in biomedical engineering where one strove to measure the previously unmeasurable and in mechanical engineering which included an emphasis in controlling the various elements in an engineering system. Subsequent education within Industrial & Systems engineering added focus on computer modeling and on process control. Drawing upon these three areas of study helps develop patent applications that capture the big picture concept rather than staying down in the weeds with the nitty gritty details. I want the patent examiner to feel somewhat uncomfortable allowing claims as broad as I am seeking.