Biology-Inspired Sensor Design
Biology has played a key role in influencing the development and optimization of a significant variety of sensors that provide engineers new ideas for improvements to current technology, new sensor technology, and potential sensor miniaturization. Biological systems, such as plants and insects offer significant methods of flight, imaging, sensing, adaptation to environment, and locomotion. The biological domain provides inspiration at many levels, such as cellular, organism, and species. A biological system is any biological organism, organism subsystem, or portion of an organism that is observed to exist. Abstraction of the biological system using analogical reasoning allows an engineering designer to look for a specific solution through mimicry in an approach to biology-inspired design. The analogous approach relies on the idea of figuring out the basis of overall biological system and of each part or subsystem that achieves the overall goal.
S. E. Watkins and R. B. Stone, "Biology-Inspired Sensor Design," IEEE Potentials, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 19-24, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Jan 2009.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MPOT.2009.934892
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Analogical reasoning; Biological domain; Biological organisms; Current technology; Engineering designer; Potential sensor; Sensor designs; Sensor technologies; Sensors; Biological systems
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