Imaging dipole flow sources using an artificial lateral-line system made of biomimetic hair flow sensors

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    In Nature, fish have the ability to localize prey, school, navigate, etc., using the lateral-line organ. Artificial hair flow sensors arranged in a linear array shape (inspired by the lateral-line system (LSS) in fish) have been applied to measure airflow patterns at the sensor positions. Here, we take advantage of both biomimetic artificial hair-based flow sensors arranged as LSS and beamforming techniques to demonstrate dipole-source localization in air. Modelling and measurement results show the artificial lateral-line ability to image the position of dipole sources accurately with estimation error of less than 0.14 times the array length. This opens up possibilities for flow- based, near-field environment mapping that can be beneficial to, for example, biologists and robot guidance applications.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)20130162
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of the Royal Society. Interface
    Issue number83
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2013


    • TST-Life like
    • EWI-23282
    • IR-85562
    • Flow sensing
    • METIS-296405
    • Artificial lateral-line

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