Expert in microbial adaptation and bacterial  
Jan van der Meer
Developing an aquatic robot which can 'smell' polluting substances, using integrated biological and chemical sensors

UNIL/Centre intégratif de génomique
Expert in genetics and evolution of insect and plant development
Richard Benton
Expert in optical sensors and electronic  
Martial Geiser
Expert in electrochemistry and biosensors
Hubert Girault
Expert in articulated and biologically inspired robotics, modular robotics, humanoid robotics
Auke Jan Ijspeert
Expert in Implanted force sensor, MEMS, Fluidics, Microfabrication
Philippe Renaud
EAWAG/Environmental Toxicology
Expert in molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity in vertebrate cells
Kristin Schirmer

Project Description

Envirobot is an ambitious high end project with the major aim to develop and construct a demonstrator robot platform (the Envirobot) that samples and measures a set of relevant water quality parameters in surface water bodies by the incorporation of optical, physical, chemical and biological sensors. The Envirobot platform will be based on existing segmented anguilliform Amphibots, but with important adaptations in terms of energy use and efficiency, sensory decision programming, and communication possibilities. The Envirobot is invented to perform autonomous surveying or autonavigation. In autonomous surveying the robot will sample and analyze water bodies according to a preset path and defined number of waypoints. 

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Our researchers in the media

Notable publications

Towards improved biomonitoring tools for an intensified sustainable multi-use environment
van der Meer J. R.
Microbial Biotechnology (in press)

An automated microreactor for semi-continuous biosensor measurements
Buffi, N., Beggah, S., Truffer, F., Geiser, M., van Lintel, H., Renaud, P., and van der Meer, J.R.
Lab Chip 16: 1383-1392.

Extensive local adaptation within the chemosensory system following Drosophila melanogasterís global expansion
Arguello JR, Cardoso-Moreira M, Grenier JK, Gottipati S, Clark AG and Benton R
Nature Communications (2016) 7:11855

Electrochemical Detection of Free Chlorine at Inkjet Printed Silver Electrodes
M. Jovi?, F. Cortés-Salazar, A. Lesch, V. Amstutz, H. Bi, H. H. Girault
Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 756 (2015) 171-178


Posters from 2016

Envirobot: A Bio-Inspired Environmental Monitoring Platform
Alessandro Crespi, André Guinard, Behzad Bayat, and Auke Ijspeert

Xenopus Laevis oocyte based Biosensors
D. Bonzon, B. Bargeton, R. Benton, P. Renaud

Optimal Search Strategies for Pollutant Source Localization
Behzad Bayat, Naveena Crasta, Howard Li, and Auke Ijspeert

Sensors integration in Envirobot locomotion segment
Oliver Gubler, Frederic Truffer, Marc Pignat, Alessandro Crespi, Martial Geiser


Posters from 2015

Environmental Monitoring of Mercury using Bacterial Bioreporter Microchips
Milica Jovic, Fernando Cortés-Salazar, Siham Beggah, Géraldine Margaretha Alice Stauffer, Alexandra Bondarenko, Andreas Lesch, Jan Roelof van der Meer, Hubert H. Girault

Water quality assessment sensor integration into swimming robot
Frederic Truffer, Oliver Gubler, Helene Strese, Thierry Hischier, Serge Amoos, Martial Geiser

A microfluidic tool to use bacterial chemotaxis for biosensing
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer

Development of pH sensor by inkjet printing or layer-by-layer deposition of IrOx nanoparticles
Milica Jovic, Fernando Cortés-Salazar, Jonnathan Cesar Hidalgo Acosta, Géraldine Margaretha Alice Stauffer, Andreas Lesch, Hubert H. Girault

Posters from 2014

Inkjet Printing of Carbon Nanotubes Electrodes for Environmental Monitoring
Fernando Cortés Salazar, Andreas Lesch, Alexandra Bondarenko, Hubert H. Girault

Envirobot monitoring of turbidity, heavy metals and conductivity: Integration and testing
Fernando Cortés Salazar, Frederic Truffer, Yannick Morel, Helene Strese, Thierry Hischier, Alessandro Crespi, Martial Geiser, Auke Ijspeert and Hubert H. Girault.

Xenopus Laevis oocyte based Biosensors
David Bonzon, Benoîte Bargeton, Giovanna Zappia, Richard Benton, Philippe Renaud

Development of microfluidic devices to measure the bacterial chemotaxis response
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer


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