Spiders can hear sound using their web

#acoustic #flow-induced #vibrations

The majority of animals that hear sound do so by detecting the minute fluctuations in the velocity of the medium.  They do this by sensing the deflection of thin hairs that are driven by viscous forces in the acoustic medium.  In this talk, we show that even spiders are able to hear sound through the acoustic flow-induced vibrations of their web.  The ability to hear the flow of air in a sound field differs from the detection of sound pressure with an eardrum, as is used in some animals, including humans.  The ubiquity of acoustic flow-sensing in nature suggests that the use of similar design principles could lead to new technologies for sensing sound.                                                           

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  • Date: 01 Apr 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • State University of New York – New Paltz
  • New Paltz, New York
  • United States 12561
  • Building: Resnick Engineering Hall
  • Room Number: 109

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Dr. Ronald Miles


  1. N. Miles is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University. He has served as the Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Chair, and served for two terms as Department Chair. He has also served as Associate Dean for Research in the Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science. He has served two terms as Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics.

Dr. Miles has published over one hundred scholarly articles and presented over seventy invited lectures.  He holds over two dozen United States and international patents. His research team has included over 80 doctoral, masters and baccalaureate students with research funding over $17M from federal, state, corporate and charitable organizations.    

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