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Electrolocation Sensors in Conducting Water Bio-Inspired by Electric Fish

Abstract : This article presents the first research into designing an active sensor inspired by electric fish. It is notable for its potential for robotics underwater navigation and exploration tasks in conditions where vision and sonar would meet difficulty. It could also be used as a complementary omnidirectional, short range sense to vision and sonar. Combined with a well defined engine geometry, this sensor can be modeled analytically. In this article, we focus on a particular measurement mode where one electrode of the sensor acts as a current emitter and the others as current receivers. In spite of the high sensitivity required by electric sense, the first results show that we can obtain a detection range of the order of the sensor length, which suggests that this sensor principle can be used for robotics obstacle avoidance as it is illustrated at the end of the article.
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Noël Servagent, B. Jawad, S. Bouvier, Frédéric Boyer, A. Girin, et al.. Electrolocation Sensors in Conducting Water Bio-Inspired by Electric Fish. IEEE Sensors Journal, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2013, 13, pp.1865-1882. ⟨10.1109/JSEN.2013.2241536⟩. ⟨in2p3-00862758⟩



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