Mimicking biological design and computing principles in artificial olfaction

Baranidharan Raman, Mark Stopfer, Steve Semancik

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Biology has inspired solutions to many engineering problems, including those encountered in chemical sensing. Modern approaches to chemical sensing have been based on the biological principle of combining cross-selective chemical sensors with a pattern recognition engine to identify odors. Here, we review some recent advances made in mimicking biological design and computing principles to develop an electronic nose. The resulting technology will have important applications in fundamental biological research, as well as in industrial, security, and medical domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-499
Number of pages13
JournalACS Chemical Neuroscience
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 27 2011


  • Chemical sensing
  • Electronic nose
  • Neuromorphic engineering
  • Odor
  • Pattern recognition and classification
  • Sensory system


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