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Miniaturized Sensors Inspired by Nature

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Only in its name is biomimetics a relatively new field of science. The process of using nature’s design as inspiration for human technology, what we refer to today as “biomimetics” has been in use for many years. The field of biomimetics is more than just a smart way to build better technologies; it is a new light in technology and industry; bringing humans back in touch with nature and putting new value on the diversity that exists on the planet. Modern artificial sensors developed by humans are incomparable with sensing systems evolved in nature. Within nature’s many extraordinary features, there exist an array of biological sensors that allow for different ways of navigating, locating, and filtering. A colony of termites can sense the wind and apply it to the way they build the tunnels in their mounds, allowing them to keep a perfectly air-conditioned home. There are countless other astonishing sensory systems in nature that can fulfill our technologies.

Although many great ideas have come from a display of nature, human beings went a long period of time building industry and technology that was extremely out of touch with nature. Today, we are facing the consequences of that lack of connection. The field of biomimetics is more than just a smart way to build better technologies; it is a new light in technology and industry; bringing humans back in touch with nature and putting new value on the diversity that exists on the planet. New technologies are only the most basic potential of the field of biomimetics. Its promise as an enormous step in the transformation of humans’ attitudes toward our earth.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to report advances in miniaturized sensing devices inspired by nature and their applications. Emulating nature can find applications in our life such as Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), hearing aid devices, 3D imaging, flow monitoring, irradiance gas sensing, colorimetric sensors, etc.

The aim of this Research Topic is to present the most recent advances to fill this gap, including
• Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) bio-inspired Physical sensors
• Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) bio-inspired Chemical sensors
• Underwater sensing
• Auditory sensors
• Biomimetic sensing systems and instrumentations
• Nature-inspired gas sensors
• Fundamental study and discussions on sensing elements in nature


Keywords: Sensory systems, Bio inspired sensing, MEMS/NEMS, Novel sensory systems, Nature-inspired devices and instruments


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Only in its name is biomimetics a relatively new field of science. The process of using nature’s design as inspiration for human technology, what we refer to today as “biomimetics” has been in use for many years. The field of biomimetics is more than just a smart way to build better technologies; it is a new light in technology and industry; bringing humans back in touch with nature and putting new value on the diversity that exists on the planet. Modern artificial sensors developed by humans are incomparable with sensing systems evolved in nature. Within nature’s many extraordinary features, there exist an array of biological sensors that allow for different ways of navigating, locating, and filtering. A colony of termites can sense the wind and apply it to the way they build the tunnels in their mounds, allowing them to keep a perfectly air-conditioned home. There are countless other astonishing sensory systems in nature that can fulfill our technologies.

Although many great ideas have come from a display of nature, human beings went a long period of time building industry and technology that was extremely out of touch with nature. Today, we are facing the consequences of that lack of connection. The field of biomimetics is more than just a smart way to build better technologies; it is a new light in technology and industry; bringing humans back in touch with nature and putting new value on the diversity that exists on the planet. New technologies are only the most basic potential of the field of biomimetics. Its promise as an enormous step in the transformation of humans’ attitudes toward our earth.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to report advances in miniaturized sensing devices inspired by nature and their applications. Emulating nature can find applications in our life such as Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), hearing aid devices, 3D imaging, flow monitoring, irradiance gas sensing, colorimetric sensors, etc.

The aim of this Research Topic is to present the most recent advances to fill this gap, including
• Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) bio-inspired Physical sensors
• Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) bio-inspired Chemical sensors
• Underwater sensing
• Auditory sensors
• Biomimetic sensing systems and instrumentations
• Nature-inspired gas sensors
• Fundamental study and discussions on sensing elements in nature


Keywords: Sensory systems, Bio inspired sensing, MEMS/NEMS, Novel sensory systems, Nature-inspired devices and instruments


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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29 May 2020 Manuscript

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