Biologically Inspired Design

Computational Methods and Tools

  • Ashok K Goel
  • Daniel A McAdams
  • Robert B. Stone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Robert B. Stone, Ashok K. Goel, Daniel A. McAdams
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jon-Michael Deldin, Megan Schuknecht
    Pages 17-27
  4. L. H. Shu, Hyunmin Cheong
    Pages 29-61
  5. Jacquelyn K. S. Nagel
    Pages 63-94
  6. Jacquelyn K. S. Nagel, Robert B. Stone, Daniel A. McAdams
    Pages 95-125
  7. Ashok K. Goel, Swaroop Vattam, Bryan Wiltgen, Michael Helms
    Pages 127-152
  8. Jeannette Yen, Michael Helms, Ashok Goel, Craig Tovey, Marc Weissburg
    Pages 153-199
  9. Julie S. Linsey, Vimal K. Viswanathan
    Pages 221-244
  10. Saytandra K. Gupta, Wojciech Bejgerowski, John Gerdes, James Hopkins, Lengfeng Lee, Madusudanan Sathia Narayanan et al.
    Pages 245-267
  11. Julian F. V. Vincent
    Pages 269-285
  12. Frank E. Fish, John T. Beneski
    Pages 287-312
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 313-325

About this book


From simple cases such as hook and latch attachments found in Velcro to articulated-wing flying vehicles, biology often has been used to inspire many creative design ideas. The scientific challenge now is to transform the paradigm into a repeatable and scalable methodology. Biologically Inspired Design explores computational techniques and tools that  can help integrate the method into design practice.
With an inspiring foreword from Janine Benyus, Biologically Inspired Design contains a dozen chapters written by some of the leading scholars in the transdisciplinary field of bioinspired design, such as Frank Fish, Julian Vincent and Jeannette Yen from biology, and Amaresk Chakrabarti, Satyandra Gupta and Li Shu from engineering. Based in part on discussions at two workshops sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation, this volume introduces and develops several methods and tools for bioinspired design including:
Information-processing theories,
Natural language techniques,
Knowledge-based tools, and
Functional approaches and Pedagogical techniques.

By exploring these fundamental theories, techniques and tools for supporting biologically inspired design, this volume provides a comprehensive resource for design practitioners wishing to explore the paradigm, an invaluable guide to design educators interested in teaching the method, and a preliminary reading for design researchers wanting to investigate bioinspired design.


Bioinspired Engineering Design Biomimetic Design Design Methodology Design by Analogy

Editors and affiliations

  • Ashok K Goel
    • 1
  • Daniel A McAdams
    • 2
  • Robert B. Stone
    • 3
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2., Department of Mechanical EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  3. 3., School of Mechanical, Industrial, andOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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