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    Chapter 5 Questions

    1. Give examples of people (and their applications) interested in a better understanding of chemo-sensory systems:

    2. What are some reasons for pursuing research in biorobotics:

    3. What is olfaction?

    4. What is gustation?

    5. Why is it difficult to differentiate olfactory and gustatory sensing systems?

    6. _____ The best way to distinguish between olfaction and gustation is

    a) olfaction is simple, and gustation is complex

    b) olfaction is a distance sense, and gustation is a contact sense

    c) olfaction detects chemicals in air while gustation detects chemicals in fluids

    d) there is no difference between the two

    7. Photoreceptors are the first neurons in the visual processing system pathway. What are the first neurons in the olfactory system pathway?

    8. The retinotopic map (vision) and somatotopic map (touch) in the brain provides a spatial map of external to stimuli in the respective systems. How is the olfactory system receptive field mapped in the brain?

    9. Taste buds provide neuronal inputs to what type of cells?

    10. What do hygro-receptors detect?

    11. What part of the insect have we always found hygro-receptors?

    12. Differentiate between a semiochemical and a pheromone.

    13. What is anemotaxis?

    14. What is rheotaxis?

    15. What are some application areas for successful lobster chemotaxis research?

    16. What were some of the significant results from MIT’s robotic implementation of lobster chemotaxis in Robo-Lobster?

    Chapter 5 References

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    [Grasso02] Grasso, F., “Flow and chemo-sense for robot and lobster guidance in tracking chemical sources in turbulence”, Chapter 27 in Ayers, J., Davis, J., and Rudolph, A., Eds., Neurotechnology for Biomimetic Robots, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-01193, 2002.

    [Liu18] Liu, Y., et al., “Using spike-based bio-inspired olfactory model for data processing in electronic noses”, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2018.

    [Persaud82] Persaud, K. and Dodd, G., “Analysis of discrimination mechanisms in the mammalian olfactory system using a model nose”, Nature, Vol. 299, No. 5881, pp. 352–355, Sept. 1982.

    [Smith08] Smith, C. U. M., Biology of Sensory Systems, 2nd ed., John Wiley and Sons, ISBN: 978-0-470-51862-5, 2008.

    [White02] White, J., et al., “Using biology to guide development of an artificial olfactory system”, Chapter 5 in Ayers, J., Davis, J., and Rudolph, A., Eds., Neurotechnology for Biomimetic Robots, MIT Press, ISBN: 0-262-01193, 2002.

    [Yam20] Yamada, T., et al., “Odorant sensor using olfactory receptor reconstituted in a lipid bylayer membrane with gas flow system”, IEEE MEMS 2020, Vancouver, CA, ISBN: 978-1-7281-3581-6, 2020.

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