Limpet: an Autonomous Bioinspired Robot for Environmental Monitoring

Simona Aracri, Mohammed Sayed, Jamie Roberts, Alistair McConnell, Adam Stokes

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At present, the environmental water monitoring field faces the challenge to create new integrated systems capable of measuring key indicators of the water quality in real-time. Important parameters to monitor include turbidity, pH, conductivity, chlorine and dissolved oxygen levels. The encouraged technology needs to be low-cost, low-maintenance, autonomous, long living, responsive, sensitive and accurate. We introduce the Limpet, which is a sophisticated, low-cost immobile robot, capable of 9 different sensing modalities. We designed the Limpet to be robust in communication; it is compatible with different communication systems, such as Lora, Wi-Fi and acoustic. We can program the Limpet to take autonomous decisions, based on the trend of the monitored parameter. We present the first version of the Limpet, which can be employed in a large collective that has the potential to map the distribution of parameters, e.g. turbidity, and identify hot spots that require prompt action. One example would be the usage of the light-emitting diodes and light sensor on the Limpet to monitor turbidity levels in water.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2018
Event19th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management 2018 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 20186 Sept 2018


Conference19th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Environmental monitoring
  • ORCA hub
  • turbidity
  • Water management


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