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Frontiers in Sensing Systems: From Biology to Engineering

Edited By: Friedrich Barth, Joseph A C Humphrey and Mandyam V Srinivasan

438 pages, 186 colour illustrations


Hardback | Sep 2011 | #194454 | ISBN-13: 9783211997482
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Biological sensing organs have -- due to their optimized specialization throughout evolution -- an enormous potential for technical, industrial and medical applications. This applies to sensors intended for different forms of energy such as optical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical and chemical, to name a few of them. This book brings together the first hand knowledge of the frontiers of research in their respective specialization, namely biology, engineering, physical sciences and mathematics opening the way for new research strategies and ways of thinking. The specific topics cover a broad spectrum ranging from biological sensing systems of various organisms, processes of energy transformation and transduction to sensor array fabrication and application. These different fields are linked and glued together by what a sensory system has to accomplish, both in biology and engineering.


I. General
1. From biology to engineering: insect vision and applications to robotics
2. Nature as model for technical sensors

II. Vision

A. Seeing
3. Color sensing of butterflies
4. Insect tangential cell analogues and implications for efficient visuomotor control
5. Biologically inspired enhancement of dim light video
6. Event-based silicon retinas and cochleas

B. Visual control
7. The mode-sensing hypothesis: matching sensors, actuators and flight dynamics
8. Adaptive encoding of motion information in the fly visual system
9 Visual motion sensing and flight path control in flies

III. Olfaction
10. Cuticular hydrocarbon sensillum for nestmate recognition in ants
11. Fluid mechanical problems in crustacean active chemoreception
12. Stagnation point flow analysis of odorant detection by permeable moth antennae

IV. Mechanoreception

A. Hearing
13. Man made versus biological in-air sonar systems

B. Touch
14. Active sensing: head and vibrissal velocity during exploratory behaviors of the rat
15. Touch mechanoreceptors: modeling and simulating the skin and receptors to predict the timing of action potentials

C. Medium motion
16. Assessing the mechanical response of groups of arthropod filiform flow sensors

D. Strain and substrate motion
17. Spider strain detection
18. The golden mole middle ear: a sensor for airborne and substrate-borne vibrations
19. Insect inertial measurement units: gyroscopic sensing of body rotation

V. Infrared and electro-reception
20. Designing a fluidic infrared detector based on the photomechanic infrared sensilla in pyrophilous beetles
21. Remote electrical sensing: detection and analysis of objects by weakly electric fishes
22. Microsecond and millisecond time processing in weakly electric fishes

VI. Bioinspired sensors, sensor materials and fabrication
23. Synthetic materials for bio-inspired flow-responsive structures. 24. Polyelectrolyte hydrogels as electromechanical transducers
25. Single-molecule detection of proteins using nanopores
26. A numerical approach to surface plasmon resonance sensor design with high sensitivity using single and bimetallic film structures
27. Deflection-based flow field sensors - examples and requirements
28. Design and fabrication process for artificial lateral line sensors

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