Is Biologically Inspired Design Domain Independent?

  • Ashok K. GoelEmail author
  • Christian Tuchez
  • William Hancock
  • Keith Frazer
Conference paper


Current theories of biologically inspired design assume that the design processes are domain independent. But is this assumption true? Design Study Library (DSL) is a digital library of eighty-three cases of biologically inspired design collected from a senior-level interdisciplinary class at Georgia Tech over 2006–2013. We describe a preliminary analysis of the DSL case studies. We posit that the assumption about the domain independence is questionable. In particular, some of the parameters in the domains of physiology and sensing appear to be different from the more common domains of mechanics and materials.


Digital Library Mechanical Device Pedagogical Technique Problem Decomposition Georgia Tech 
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We are grateful to the developers of the Design Study Library, including Gongbo Zhang, Bryan Wiltgen, Swaroop Vattam, and Yuqi Zhang. We are especially grateful to Professor Jeannette Yen, the primary instructor of the Georgia Tech ME/ISyE/MSE/BME/BIOL 4740 class from 2006 through 2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashok K. Goel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Tuchez
    • 1
  • William Hancock
    • 1
  • Keith Frazer
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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