From Smell to Smoke Alarms:
North Beach Elementary
Seattle, Washington
December 1, 1999

For more information,
Please contact: 
Denise Wilson 
Assistant Professor 
M222 EE/CSE Bldg. 
Box 352500 
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA 98195 

University of Washington
Department of Electrical Engineering

From Smell to Smoke Alarms:

How do we detect odors in the atmosphere? How does a smoke alarm understand a fire? How can a smoke alarm understand a burning house vs. a burning dinner? These questions are explored in a basic introduction to the olfactory system (nose) and the corresponding chemical sensors in artificial systems. Students compare the response of their noses to the response of artificial sensors to different odors.

Demonstration Materials:

General Information and Tutorial (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Student Worksheets (pdf)

Please be patient with us. This page is under construction.

Return to Electrical Engineering Home Page