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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Biologically Inspired Design

Attended a talk today in the Cog Sci Institute on the status of work being done at Ga Tech on Biologically Inspired design, or Biomimicry.  Given by Prof. Ashok Goel    Most often examples in this space look at how designs in nature can be used to address specific human engineering problems.  Most of what they are doing today is trying to understand how human knowledge about biology can be retrieved to address engineering requirements.  The problem is that engineers and biologists don't speak the same technical language.  Also, we need to understand how to search and reason by analogy in both domains.  The extension of analogy is a form of creativity.  We researched reasoning by analogy when addressing consumer needs.   This can then be linked to cognition, as part of Human centered computing. All this is a crucial part of AI.  There is much more work to be done.

Talk slides: https://www.slideshare.net/secret/9S42InuTABn0qY

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