Biologically Inspired Design

AIEDAM Special Issue, Fall 2010, Vol. 24, No. 4

Edited by: Amaresh Chakrabarti & Li Shu

This special issue of AIEDAM will be devoted to papers concerned with biologically inspired design.

Natural processes have led to the development of a plethora of biological systems that carry out a multitude of tasks in a highly resource-effective way within a variety of environments and constraints. Many of these tasks, environments and constraints are similar to those relevant in engineering design and therefore biological systems offer a rich, potential source of inspiration for novel and resource-effective engineering designs. History shows ample anecdotal evidence of using these systems as inspiration for engineering. While biologically-inspired designs had earlier been an outcome of individual interest or accidental exposure, supporting their use in inspiring engineering design is rapidly developing into an area of active research and exploration. This special issue aims to provide a state of the art collection of research outcomes in this emerging area.

For this issue, while papers with normal AI content are desired, we broaden the scope to also include papers that provides knowledge and associated methodology for biologically-inspired design.

Suitable topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Models, techniques, or systems, both human-centered and computational, for (supporting) biologically inspired design (including biomimetics/biomimicry/bionics);
  • Models of reasoning for biologically inspired design;
  • Studies of reasoning for biologically inspired design.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three reviewers. The selection for publication would be made on the basis of these reviews.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found here.

However, note that all submissions for special issues go to the Guest Editors, and not to the Editor in Chief.

Important dates:
Intend to submit (Abstract & Title):As soon as possible
Submission deadline for full papers:15 September 2009 ***
Reviews due:15 December 2009
Notification and reviews to authors:15 January 2010
Revised version submission deadline:1 May 2010
Issue to publisher:1 June 2010
Guest editors:

Please direct all enquiries and submissions to the guest editors:

Dr Amaresh Chakrabarti
Innovation, Design Study and Sustainability Laboratory (IdeasLab)
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560012, India.
Email: ac123 [at] cpdm [dot] iisc [dot] ernet [dot] in

Dr Li H. Shu
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G8, Canada.
Email: shu [at] mie [dot] utoronto [dot] ca