Odour Detection by Mobile Robots

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World Scientific, 1999 - Science - 217 pages
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Insects are extremely successful creatures, thriving in our ever-changing & unpredictable world. One of the factors behind their success is the use of odour to increase their efficiency when searching for food, to help navigate between a source of food & their nest & to enable them to find a mate. Mobile robots would have their capabilities greatly enhanced if they could make use of similar techniques. This important book describes current research aimed at giving robots the ability to generate, detect & discriminate between odours, together with the control algorithms using such sensory information. Contents: Chemical Sensing in Nature; Odour-Sensing Technology; Odour Discrimination; Airflow; Broadcast Chemical Signals; Chemical Markings as Signals; Trail Following; Coding Information into Trails; Heat as a Short-Lived Marker. Readership: Graduate students & researchers in robotics, mechatronics & artificial intelligence.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Examples of Biological Chemotaxis
17
Odour Sensing Technology
33
Odour Discrimination
49
Airflow and the Movement of Odour
69
Broadcast Chemical Signals
83
Chemical Markings as Signals
117
Heat as a ShortLived Navigational Marker
171
Future Prospects for Robotic Odour Sensing
195
Index
215
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