Special Issue "Biomimetic Sensors, Actuators and Integrated Systems"

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A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 December 2011)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Trung Dung Ngo
The More-Than-One Robotics Lab, Department of Electronics Systems, Aalborg University, Fr. Bajersvej 7C, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
Website: http://www.morelab.org
E-Mail: dungnt@ieee.org
Interests: bio-inspired robotics; biological computation; large-scale autonomous systems; signal processing in embedded systems; sensor networks; intelligent building blocks; ambient intelligence

Guest Editor
Dr. Frank Nickols
The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang, Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore (Visiting from University of Brunei Darussalam)
Website: http://franksrobomachines.com/
E-Mail: frank.nickols@gmail.com
Interests: biomimetic skeletal muscle (up to 300W mechanical output power); eagle bird flight robotics; multi-agent hexapod robotics; biomimetic inverse kinematics of muscle control; dynamic biomimetic robotics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well known that biological organisms have evolved via natural selection over unimaginable epochs of time. Such organisms serve as an awesome, rich and virtually endless inspirational source for scientific researchers. The wide ranging and diverse principles of biological organisms can be copied, mimicked or adapted by engineers in the design and innovation of engineering systems. Two particular areas for which there is still much to be discovered are firstly from the ingenious sophistication of animal and vegetable sensors together with their biological signal processing and secondly the locomotion dexterity of moving creatures utilising biological actuators together with their biological signal control. Biological organisms are masters of multi-disciplined scientific synergy. For example, skeletal muscle tissue is a brain triggered, force producing mechanism that draws upon the phenomena of physics, chemistry and electricity to ultimately produce activation of an ingenious complex nano-mechanical structure. Studying, replicating and integrating these biological mechanisms into man-made devices is providing blueprints for a new generation of bio-engineering or biomimicking products possessing previously unattainable abilities. These improvements require the engagement of scientists and researchers from wide ranging fields of, for example, biology, engineering, materials science, chemistry, physical science, zoology, linguistics/communication science and scientific philosophy. Such work will then enable the synthesis, design, and development of new technologies through the observation and investigation of living organisms in nature.

This special issue of Sensors aims at gathering recent research work that outlines the mechanisms, applications and challenges concerning biomimetic sensors, actuators, and their integrated systems. Topics in this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • design principles, prototyping and development of biomimetic sensors and actuators
  • system integration and control of biomimetic sensors and actuators
  • methods, techniques and algorithms of bio-inspired sensor measurement, estimation and calibration
  • biomechanics and locomotion control algorithms
  • bio-signal amplification techniques and processing algorithms
  • smart materials and fabrication technologies
  • philosophy of biomimetic sensors, actuators, and integrated systems in science and applications
  • applications of biomimetic sensors, actuators, and integrated systems

Dr. Trung Dung Ngo
Dr. Frank Nickols
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • biosensors
  • biomechanics
  • sensor-motor integration
  • smart materials
  • bio-signal processing
  • bio-inspired systems and control
  • applications of bio-inspired systems

Published Papers (8 papers)

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Sensors 2012, 12(4), 4324-4338; doi:10.3390/s120404324
Received: 7 March 2012; in revised form: 22 March 2012 / Accepted: 22 March 2012 / Published: 29 March 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(4), 3831-3856; doi:10.3390/s120403831
Received: 5 February 2012; in revised form: 12 March 2012 / Accepted: 21 March 2012 / Published: 26 March 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(2), 1950-1966; doi:10.3390/s120201950
Received: 29 December 2011; in revised form: 24 January 2012 / Accepted: 6 February 2012 / Published: 10 February 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(1), 215-225; doi:10.3390/s120100215
Received: 3 November 2011; in revised form: 7 December 2011 / Accepted: 16 December 2011 / Published: 27 December 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11305-11334; doi:10.3390/s111211305
Received: 3 November 2011; in revised form: 24 November 2011 / Accepted: 24 November 2011 / Published: 28 November 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(11), 11000-11020; doi:10.3390/s111111000
Received: 15 October 2011; in revised form: 15 November 2011 / Accepted: 18 November 2011 / Published: 23 November 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(9), 8626-8642; doi:10.3390/s110908626
Received: 9 August 2011; in revised form: 31 August 2011 / Accepted: 2 September 2011 / Published: 5 September 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(8), 7364-7381; doi:10.3390/s110807364
Received: 28 June 2011; in revised form: 14 July 2011 / Accepted: 15 July 2011 / Published: 25 July 2011
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