Sensors and Sensing in Biology and Engineering

  • Friedrich G. Barth
  • Joseph A. C. Humphrey
  • Timothy W. Secomb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introductory Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Friedrich G. Barth
      Pages 3-15
  3. Mechanical Sensors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Waves, Sound and Vibrations

      1. Axel Michelsen
        Pages 37-47
      2. Per Rasmussen
        Pages 49-57
      3. Kenneth V. Snyder, Frederick Sachs, William E. Brownell
        Pages 71-95
      4. Rahul Sarpeshkar
        Pages 97-107
      5. Paolo Dario, Cecilia Laschi, Silvestro Micera, Fabrizio Vecchi, Massimiliano Zecca, Arianna Menciassi et al.
        Pages 109-125
    3. Force and Motion

      1. Joseph A. C. Humphrey, Friedrich G. Barth, Michael Reed, Aaron Spak
        Pages 129-144
      2. Tateo Shimozawa, Jun Murakami, Tsuneko Kumagai
        Pages 145-157
      3. Joachim Mogdans, Jacob Engelmann, Wolf Hanke, Sophia Kröther
        Pages 173-185
      4. Timothy W. Secomb, Axel R. Pries
        Pages 187-196
      5. Tony Farquhar, Jiang Zhou, Henry W. Haslach Jr.
        Pages 213-219
  4. Visual Sensors and Vision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. F. Claire Rind, Roger D. Santer, J. Mark Blanchard, Paul F. M. J. Verschure
      Pages 237-250
    3. Giulio Sandini, Giorgio Metta
      Pages 251-262
    4. Walter G. Kropatsch
      Pages 275-287
  5. Chemosensors and Chemosensing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. David B. Dusenbery
      Pages 291-303
    3. Gary S. Settles, Douglas A. Kester, Lori J. Dodson-Dreibelbis
      Pages 323-335
    4. Thomas Thundat, Arun Majumdar
      Pages 337-355
  6. The Embedding of Sensors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Danilo De Rossi, Federico Lorussi, Alberto Mazzoldi, Piero Orsini, Enzo P. Scilingo
      Pages 379-392
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 393-404

About this book


Biological sensors are usually remarkably small, sensitive and efficient. It is highly desirable to design corresponding artificial sensors for scientific, industrial and commercial purposes.This book is designed to fill an urgent need for interdisciplinary exchange between biologists studying sensors in the natural world and engineers and physical scientists developing artificial sensors. Contributions from leading scientists in this area, whether engineers or biologists, are written to be accessible to readers from these and other disciplines. The main topics cover mechanical sensors, visual sensors and vision and chemosensors. Readers will obtain a fuller understanding of the nature and performance of natural sensors as well as enhanced appreciation for the current status and the potential applicability of artificial microsensors. Friedrich G. Barth was awarded the "Karl-Ritter-von-Frisch-Medaille” at the 2003 Annual Conference of the German Zoological Society in Halle, Germany.


Natur Sensor Ventil Vibration actuator aerodynamics cortex design dynamics information processing natural sensors physics robot sensors technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich G. Barth
    • 1
  • Joseph A. C. Humphrey
    • 2
  • Timothy W. Secomb
    • 3
  1. 1.Biocenter, Institute of Zoology — NeurobiologyUniversity of ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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