Frontiers in Sensing

From Biology to Engineering

  • Friedrich G. Barth
  • Joseph A. C. Humphrey
  • Mandyam V. Srinivasan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Horst Bleckmann, Adrian Klein, Gunnar Meyer
      Pages 3-18
    3. Mandyam V. Srinivasan, Richard J. D. Moore, Saul Thurrowgood, Dean Soccol, Daniel Bland
      Pages 19-39
  3. Vision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Seeing

      1. Kentaro Arikawa
        Pages 43-55
      2. Henrik Malm, Magnus Oskarsson, Eric Warrant
        Pages 71-85
      3. Tobi Delbruck, Shih-Chii Liu
        Pages 87-100
    3. Visual control

      1. Holger G. Krapp, Graham K. Taylor, J. Sean Humbert
        Pages 101-114
      2. Fritz-Olaf Lehmann, Peter Schützner, Hao Wang
        Pages 129-141
  4. Olfaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Mamiko Ozaki, Midori Kidokoro-Kobayashi, Tetsutaro Hiraguchi
      Pages 145-157
    3. DeForest Mellon Jr., Matthew A. Reidenbach
      Pages 159-170
    4. Joseph A. C. Humphrey, Hossein Haj-Hariri
      Pages 171-192
  5. Mechanoreception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Hearing

      1. Herbert Peremans, Fons De Mey, Filips Schillebeeckx
        Pages 195-207
    3. Touch

      1. R. Blythe Towal, Brian W. Quist, Joseph H. Solomon, Mitra J. Z. Hartmann
        Pages 209-224
    4. Medium motion

    5. Strain and substrate motion

      1. Friedrich G. Barth
        Pages 251-273
      2. Thomas Daniel, Zane Aldworth, Armin Hinterwirth, Jessica Fox
        Pages 287-297
  6. Infrared and electro-reception

  7. Bioinspired sensors, sensor materials and fabrication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Michael E. McConney, Vladimir V. Tsukruk
      Pages 341-349
    3. Katsiaryna Prudnikova, Marcel Utz
      Pages 351-361
    4. Sebastian Große, Wolfgang Schröder
      Pages 393-403
    5. Nima Izadi, Gijs J. M. Krijnen
      Pages 405-421
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 423-438

About this book


Biological sensory systems, fine-tuned to their specific tasks with remarkable perfection, have an enormous potential for technical, industrial, and medical applications. This applies to sensors specialized for a wide range of energy forms such as optical, mechanical, electrical, and magnetic, to name just a few.
This book brings together first-hand knowledge from the frontiers of different fields of research in sensing. It aims to promote the interaction between biologists, engineers, physicists, and mathematicians and to pave the way for innovative lines of research and cross-disciplinary approaches. The topics presented cover a broad spectrum ranging from energy transformation and transduction processes in animal sensing systems to the fabrication and application of bio-inspired synthetic sensor arrays. The various contributions are linked by the similarity of what sensing has to accomplish in both biology and engineering.


biology of senses biomimetics engineering sensing sensors

Authors and affiliations

  • Friedrich G. Barth
    • 1
  • Joseph A. C. Humphrey
    • 2
  • Mandyam V. Srinivasan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life SciencesUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Queensland Brain InstituteUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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