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EPSRC Reference: GR/R37975/01
Title: Adaptive Neuromorphic Analogue VLSI Chip for Integrated Odour Sensing
Principal Investigator: Gardner, Professor JW
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Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2001 Ends: 28 February 2005 Value (£): 142,114
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioelectronic Devices Biomedical neuroscience
Digital Signal Processing VLSI Design
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Environment
Healthcare Electronics
Related Grants:
GR/R37982/01 GR/R37968/01
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This research proposal aims to combine recent advances in the understanding of biological olfactory systems with novel integrated silicon chemical microsensors and neuromorphic analogue VLSI to produce, the first time, a low power, fully integrated electronic nose for adaptive odour sensing. The research is a collaboration between three Universities; the novel integrated silicon microsensor array will be developed at Warwick University, the neuromorphic model at Leicester University and the analogue VLSI at Edinburgh University. If successful, the work will lead to a new generation of low-cost, smart palm-top e-noses suitable for various applications, e.g. healthcare, environmental monitoring and food safety.The commercial aspects of this project are particularly timely. Most existing electronic nose systems are bench-bound instruments that suffer from limited sensitivity and sensor drift, requiring frequent -recalibration. The current annual market is estimated at 10MEuro, manly in the food, beverage and perfumery industries. Future market opportunities are only possible by creating new markets, in particular medical/environmental, which would revolutionise the commercial viability of this technology. These markets require far more advanced chemical sensing technology than currently available but are estimated at over 500MEuro (F.T., 1999). As such there is an urgent requirement for portable, low-cost, reliable e-noses.
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