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In memoriam George Dodd

George DoddOur community lost one of its early members recently.

One of the most widely cited papers among the ISOCS community is a paper by Persaud and Dodd published in Nature in 1982 that influenced many in the development of electronic nose technology [1]. 

George Dodd was interested in perfumes as a teenager and went on to study Chemistry at Trinity College, Dublin with research projects on molecules found in essential oils. He then began research on small molecules binding to proteins at the University of Oxford and gained a D.Phil (Ph.D) under the supervision of Sir George Radda, publishing a seminal paper in 1969 determining the rate of allosteric transition in the regulatory enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase by a method new in the 1960s, the fluorescence of an environmentally sensitive extrinsic probe.

After working at Unilever in the Molecular Biophysics Research Group for three years, he joined the University of Warwick, UK, in 1971, founding the Warwick Olfactory Research Group, pioneering research on the molecular mechanisms involved in smell, olfactory physiology, the psychology of smell as well as artificial noses. I joined his group in 1976, was enthused with his love of the world of smell and inspired by him, worked on what would be the initial concepts of an artificial nose – now known as electronic noses. A keen master perfumer as well as an entrepreneur, he enjoyed working to create unique fragrances, opening a perfume studio “Craft Perfumes” in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1978. He collaborated with Steve Van Toller – a psychologist and former president of European Chemoreception Organisation (ECRO) who was also at Warwick,  publishing a book The Psychology and Biology of Perfumery (eds) Steve Van Toller & George H Dodd; Chapman and Hall; 1988.

He left the University of Warwick in 1994, expanded into the realms of personal perfumes and was a founding director of a smell biotechnology company – Kiotech int plc. He moved to the highlands of Scotland opening “The Perfume Studio”, and often complained that his studio was used a bombing target by the RAF. Whilst there, he also created personal perfumes for a range of pop stars and royalty. He was not even phased when asked to replicate the smell of African elephant droppings. He continued to work with the smell research group at the University of Warwick including Julian Gardner and James Covington.

He sold his business and spent much of the money buying the only red Jaguar XFR in the country with cream leather seats. He always loved fast cars and use to say that “once you have had a car with more than 500bhp you can’t go back!” He was one of the founding Directors of Scent & Aroma Technology Systems Limited (Aroma Academy ( and Perfume Academy ( A keen educator and was the driving force behind World Smell day, He also gave many talks including at the London Science Museum on smell. As part of his commercial work, he was often asked by industry to create smell training kits, developing several aroma training kits, including a Wine Aroma Kit, Whisky Aroma Kit, Gin Aroma Kit, Bourbon Aroma Kit and a Rum Aroma Kit. Members of our community who attended the ECRO Congress 2011 in Manchester, UK will have been entertained by the Whisky tasting workshop that he gave us. 

Full of a gazillion eccentric ideas, he was always fascinating to listen to - inspiring many others to enter into the world of smell. We have lost a dear colleague.

Krishna Persaud
University of Manchester

[1]         Persaud, K.; Dodd, G. Analysis of Discrimination Mechanisms in the Mammalian Olfactory System Using a Model Nose. Nature, 1982, 299 (5881), 352–355.

In memoriam Prof. Arnaldo D'Amico

Prof. Arnaldo D'AmicoProf. Arnaldo D’Amico was born in Bologna, March 16th, 1940. He graduated with doctor degrees (laurea) in physics and then in electronic engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

He began his scientific career as a researcher at the Institute of Solid State Electronics of the National Research Council (CNR) until he became full professor of electronics at the University of L’Aquila and, since 1990, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Prof. D’Amico pioneered sensor science in Italy and became a reference for the international community. In Italy he directed the first national project dedicated to sensors, and from 1996 founded and directed for several years the Associazione Italiana Sensori e Microsistemi (AISEM). In Europe he was one of the founders of the series of Eurosensors conferences, directing the steering committee for many years, and he served, since the first issue, as a member of the editorial board of the journals Sensors and Actuators A and B.

He was among the promoters of European initiatives on electronic nose and olfaction, he cooperated in the European network GOSPEL that was seminal to the formation of ISOCS. He chaired the International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose in Rome in 2002.

He was a passionate teacher. At the University of Rome Tor Vergata besides teaching electronic devices he designed courses on sensors for students of electronic and medical engineering.

His research interests were concerned with all aspects of sensor science, from the design of devices to the development of sensor systems. At the University of Rome Tor Vergata he founded and directed, until retirement in 2012, an interdisciplinary research group. He published more than 500 papers and among his scientific achievements it is worth to mention his pioneering work in the application of electronic nose technology to the analysis of volatile metabolites.

He has been supervisor of dozens of PhD and master thesis. Characterized by a distinct humanity and empathy he has been mentor of many researchers and professors in Italy and abroad.

He leaves a great legacy and in those that had the chance to work with him a great feeling of gratitude for the gift of his person, for what he taught and for his kindness.

Corrado Di Natale
University of Rome Tor Vergata

CALL FOR PAPERS - 5th International Conference on Man Machine Systems (ICoMMS2019)


5th International Conference on Man Machine Systems (ICoMMS2019).

"Technology for the Betterment of Society"


The University of Malaysia-Perlis (UniMap) and the School of Mechatronic Engineering at UniMap are proud to announce the 5th iteration of ICoMMS, to be held on August 26th-27th 2019, at Pengang in Malaysia.


Authors are welcomed and encouraged to send contributions in the following fields of research:

Job offer for postdoctoral researcher on machine learning and olfaction

Postdoctoral researcher to the project Artificial intelligence for maximising taste and health, minimising emission in a local food system

Örebro University has the vision to be a prominent university that is leading towards a knowledge-driven society. Characterised by its continuing progress in education and research, its core values are scientific rigour, dedication and participation.

Special Session at IEEE Sensors Conference 2014: Electronic noses and tongues: applications in the food and health fields

Prof. Carmen Horrillo (CSIC) and Dr. Santiago Marco (IBEC) have organized a special sesion at IEEE Sensors Conference 2014 to be held in Valencia 3-5  November this year.

Thank you for joining ISOEN2013

The 15th ISOEN(International Symposium on Olfaction & Electronic Nose) was held July 2-5 2013 in EXCO(Daegu Exhibition & Convention Center), Daegu, South Korea.

On behalf of the local organizing team, we would like to thank you for joining ISOEN2013 in Daegu, South Korea and for the many positive comments as a feedback.

In the conference, 200 participants were attended and 150 high-quality contributions were presented from 25 countries from all over the world.

We appreciate your active participation for ISOEN2013. 

Jeung-Soo Huh

Chair of ISOEN2013, Professor of Kyungpook National University, Korea

Jeong-Ok Lim

Chair of Local Organizing Committee, Professor of Kyungpook National University, Korea

Hyung-Gi Byun

Chair of Local Organizing Committee, Professor of Kangwon National University, Korea


Nominees for the Board of DIrectors

Nominee for ISOCS President:

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Sberveglieri, Current ISOCS Vice-president

Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy.

Smelling by Ion Mobility minispectrometer provides fast determination of wine origin

Wine fraud is a growing problem, with experts estimating that up to 10% of the wines offered to consumers in some European countries are of a lesser quality than the label claims. It’s an issue that affects everyone from expert collectors to average consumers, and is such a concern in some countries that drastic measures have been taken: the Italian Carabinieri Corps, for instance, has educated 25 of their officers as sommeliers. 

This only addresses part of the problem, though. Wine fraud is difficult to detect because of a variety of considerations: the sheer time it takes to train a wine ‘nose’, for example, coupled with the challenge of ensuring these ‘noses’ are in the right place at the right time – not to mention the fact that even top sommeliers aren’t foolproof when it comes to detailed identification. Now though, in collaboration with the University of Córdoba, IBEC researchers have made steps towards combating the problem with their development of a reliable, cheap and quick detector to classify white wines according to their Certified Brands of Origin that could be used in variety of environments.