Sensors and Artificial Intelligence

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Synthesizing, patterning, and integrating diverse, gas-sensitive nanomaterials via a direct laser writing approach into flexible sensor device platforms and exploring their potential for combinatorial sensing of plant/animal health-relevant gases. The time is ripe to precisely measure/categorize “smells” with an approach similar to barcoding. The potential for practical use of “smells” is evident in rapidly advancing sensor technologies resulting in cancer detection from specific human volatiles. Combined with the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence we can more rapidly resolve the complex nature of the signals and cues around us.


  • Precision Agriculture
  • Medical Sensors
  • Field Monitoring

Jared Ali

Associate Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology; Director of the Center for Chemical Ecology; Associate Professor of Entomology
Behavior and chemical ecology of multi-trophic interactions, including plant responses to below-ground herbivory and nematode. Insect community ecology, chemical ecology, and coevolution. Trophic cascades, above- and below-ground interactions, chemotaxis of soil nematodes, and evolution of plant defense strategies.

Tom Baker

Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology

Huanyu Cheng

Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Francisco Dini-Andreote

Assistant Professor of Plant Science
Microbiome, plant-microbe interactions, and community ecology. Harnessing the plant microbiome to enhance protection against biotic and abiotic stresses.

Christina Grozinger

Director of the Center for Pollinator Research; Director of the Insect Biodiversity Center; Publius Vergilius Maro Professor and Huck Scholar of Entomology
Genomics of social behavior and health in bees

Helene Hopfer

Associate Professor of Food Science

Rudolf Schilder

Associate Professor of Entomology and Biology
Comparative & ecological physiology of insect and mammalian locomotion.