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In February 2014 Prof James Windmill was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant, SASATIN - Soft and Small: Acoustic Transducers Inspired by Nature.

This project uses our knowledge of how insects hear to inspire the design and prototyping of artificial acoustic sensors. Existing microphones and ultrasonic devices have severe physical sensitivity limitations. This project seeks to change the fundamental approach to sensor design using inspiration from biology, such that previous limitations on size, functionality, power consumption, and robustness are avoided, whilst advancing fundamental understanding of the insect ear’s sensing capacity. The project takes a multidisciplinary approach, involving biology, engineering, physics and mathematics, exploiting the latest computer simulation, microfabrication, and characterisation methods to provide fast design, cost effective prototyping, and analysis.


Project Team


Publications, Presentations and Activities

  • Publications, presentations and activities from the grant can be found here





Contact Details:

Prof James Windmill
Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering
Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
204 George Street
G1 1XW

T: +44 (0)141 548 2694
F: +44 (0)141 548 2950