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2020

Oct 8-10, 2020
Location: Virtual
Fall Biocene Workshop
Hosted by: NASA Virtual Interchange for Nature-inspired Exploration (V.I.N.E.).

This was an invitation-only, virtual, bio-inspired design (BID) workshop. This free event centered around BID education and best practices, inclusion and equity in BID, V.I.N.E. technical working groups, and global networking. The workshop spanned three days and included keynotes from subject matter experts, panel discussions, breakout sessions, working groups, and discussions on ways to move BID forward in targeted, sustainable, and inclusive directions. As a virtual gathering, it hosted a diverse attendance from BID organizations across the globe, engaging perspectives and connections that will help to establish greater representation and cohesion in the BID community.

Video presentation from the event are located at https://www1.grc.nasa.gov/research-and-engineering/vine/video-presentations/.

2019

Sept 9-10, 2019
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH.
NASA VINE Biocene Tools Workshop
Hosted by: NASA Virtual Interchange for Nature-inspired Exploration (V.I.N.E.).

This ‘minds-on’ workshop explored emerging cross-discipline tools and techniques for moving Bio-Inspired Design (BID) into “standard practice” in systems engineering and engineering design. Discussion on state-of-the-art in BID tools, emerging tool-kits for engineering innovation, and industry best practices. The following list illustrates some of the topics we may explore in the workshop:


August 15-16
The Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH, 44135
IDEAS workshop
Hosted by: NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio

The workshop included a series of presentations, panels, round table discussions, and networking opportunities.
The vision of IDEAS is an AI design system for propulsion. NASA is eager to understand the state of the art in AI tools used in propulsion, to evaluate the quality of available data as well as to define the top challenges related to data generation, management and analysis. Moreover, we would like to identify the fundamental challenges in developing algorithms and models relevant to the propulsion field and to identify challenge problems that the community may use as a benchmark to develop and validate tools against.

Sincerely,
IDEAS 2019 organizing team
NASA GRC perspective presented

Telecon participants provided the following input based on their organization’s perspective:

  1. Activities undertaken OR Data sets available: Product/component test data, engine test data on-wing, multiscale ML tool development
  2. Presentations and panels: Most participants are willing to present. Please obtain clearance from your organizations to ensure that presentations for open sessions are not ITAR/export controlled. We will have one government only session restricted to civil servants only
  3. Objectives for participants from industry, academia, government: How to use and dissect data? How to integrate data and collaborate with other entities? To meet people and collaborate. Get other perspectives on ML in energy and propulsion. Understand what industry is doing in ML, big data? What data is available for 3D, how to expand academic tools to make them relevant, To enable tool transfer
  4. Discussion topics for workshop: Tutorials – wiki, multi-scale ML, Learn from service modelling community, Data management and infrastructure including sharing, file structures, languages, In the near term we will focus on data sharing and worry about data classification in the long term.
  5. Recurring telecons every week until week before workshop.

Agenda for the Workshop: You can download the full IDEAS Program here. This agenda may be subject to changes.


2018

October 18-20, 2018
Arlington, VA
Supported by AAAI

Gathering for Artificial Intelligence and Natural Systems

Nature provides hundreds of millions of years of R&D by virtue of genetic variation, adaptation and speciation. Technology inspired by nature has the potential to be revolutionary while saving energy, resources and time. Several such inventions already proved the creativity and efficiency of designs inspired by nature. For example, researchers have been able to create antibacterial surfaces inspired by cicada’s wings and gecko’s skin; the shape of the engine of the Shinkansen Bullet train is said to have been inspired by the kingfisher beak. While these examples are exciting, they are not as numerous as they could be. Biomimicry – the art of innovation inspired by nature – happens quite often due to serendipity. We believe that artificial intelligence could help get serendipity out of the loop.
The goal of the GAINS Symposium – Gathering for Artificial Intelligence and Natural Systems – is to bring together researchers from academia, government and industry to collaborate at the intersection of artificial intelligence and biomimicry.

We welcome submissions on topics including (but not limited to):

Full papers (max 6 pages, including references): Papers detailing solutions or approaches.
Technical Brief (max 2 pages): These are typically position papers or concept papers.
Work in Progress (max 2 pages): – to be presented as poster; however, for reviewing purposes, please submit a max 2 pages description of your work.

The 2.5 day symposium is focused on: 1) AI for Bio-inspiration and 2) Nature-inspired AI. Each day will have keynotes and panels, interspersed with invited technical talks. In addition, we plan to include early-afternoon poster sessions. The last half-day of the symposium is dedicated to round tables with the objective of creating white papers with actionable items on different collaborative projects and ideas.

Organizing Committee:
Ioana Baldini, IBM Research AI
Richard ‘Doug’ Riecken, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Prasanna Sattigeri, IBM Research AI
Vikram Shyam, NASA Glenn Research Center

Questions:
Send email including GAINS in the subject to Ioana Baldini or Vikram Shyam.


07/28/2018
WebEx Call
NASA VINE Biocene

NSWG Pathology Discussion

BIOCENE Conference
Consider attending the NASA VINE Biocene conference. Numerous people from NSWG will be present, and George Studor presented some space inspection challenges to the group.
Biocene 2018

VINE Systemology Cluster
This group continues to work in ways which parallel and enhance our efforts. At the August conference, the group will start an exploration of how bio-inspired tools could be mapped to the systems engineering process.

E-mail reflector
INCOSE has set up an email reflector for NSWG. Those who join can send messages to the group. This will allow us to share information and have discussions. Let me know if you want to be added to this list.

INCOSE support for NSWG
INCOSE may be willing to supply start-up funding for an NSWG workshop. Let us know if you have an idea.


03/24/2018
WebEx Call
INCOSE

INCOSE Natural Systems Discussion on Modularity (Informal discussion of modularity in natural systems).

Members of the Complex Systems Working Group

We will have a follow-up meeting in April where we discuss modularity in the context of complex systems.
will be joining us.


03/09/2018
University of Akron
Dr. Barbara Imhof

Dare to Leave the Capsule
Dr. Barbara Imhof,
Liquifer Systems Group in Austria (Vienna)

Her research specialty is exo-Earth space architecture and living design: liquifer

Her lecture was Friday March 9 from 2:15-3:15pm in Goodyear Polymer Center Auditorium (Room 229)


03/07/2018
University of Akron/Cleveland Museum of Art
Dr. Barbara Imhof

Talk on Space Architecture Tours

Prof. Barbara Imhof from Austria discussed your research interests. We toured several facilities starting with vacuum chambers in b301.

At 6:30pm on March 7 she attended a lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Trevor Paglen, “The Planet as a Sensor.”


02/27/2018
Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon (Case4Carbon), Departments of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Bldg. 106 Room 202 Liming Dai
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

Controlled Growth and Functionalization of Three-Dimensional Carbon Nanomaterials for Multifunctional Applications
Gecko inspired work from Case
Dry adhesive holds in extreme cold, strengthens in extreme heat Carbon nanomaterials, including 1D carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and 2D single-atomic layer graphene, have been demonstrated to show superior thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties. Due to their dimensionally confined structures, however, these 1D and 2D nanomaterials exhibit strong direction-dependent thermal and electrical transport properties with extremely low out-of-plane conductivities. In many practical applications, however, it is highly desirable to have carbon nanomaterials with good conductivities for electricity/heat in all the three dimensions. We have previously developed simple pyrolytic methods for large-scale production of vertically-aligned carbon nanotube arrays.

The well-aligned structure provides unique advantages for not only an efficient device construction but also controlled functionalization. The controlled functionalization of aligned carbon nanotubes is particularly attractive, as it allows bulk/surface characteristics of the aligned carbon nanotubes to be tuned while their alignment structure can be largely retained. We have also reported the preferential synthesis of semiconducting vertically-aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. Recently, we have further demonstrated that metal-free, nitrogen-doped aligned carbon nanotubes exhibited high electrocatalytic activities for energy conversion and storage, and that hierarchically-structured aligned carbon nanotube arrays with a straight body segment and a curly entangled top showed almost ten-times stronger shear adhesion force than that of a real gecko foot but still can be easily lifted off in the normal direction when desired.

More recently, we have exploited various approaches to 3D pillared carbon architectures, consisting of parallel graphene layers supported by vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes in between, which possess desirable out-of-plane transport and mechanical properties while maintaining the excellent properties of their building blocks. These 3D carbon nanomaterials are promising for numerous applications. In this talk, I summarized some of our rational concepts for the controlled growth and functionalization of 3D carbon nanomaterials for multifunctional materials and device applications (e.g., gecko-foot-mimetic dry adhesives, integrated energy devices), along with an overview on the recent developments in this exciting field.
Dry adhesive holds extreme cold strengthens extreme heat


02/22/2018
WebEx
Ohio Aerospace Institute

Please join OAI for our 2018 Lunch and Learn Presentation on:
BIOMIMICRY FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Great Lakes Biomimicry

Dear Colleagues:
Biomimicry has proven to be a powerful tool to spark ideas, create revolutionary change and transform the way we design, produce and distribute goods and services. The practice provides a new lens for solving problems caused by rising energy costs, diminishing natural resources, regulatory legislation and consumer demand. Join Great Lakes Biomimicry, a non-profit organization that creates conditions for innovation inspired by nature, and special guest speaker John Nottingham, Co-President of Nottingham Spirk, who will present how biomimicry drives innovation at his product design and engineering company. Registration is required to attend. This event is FREE for members. A WebEx is available upon request.

Sincerely,
Howard Thompson
Program Manager
Ohio Aerospace Institute


02/16/2018
Recent International Workshop and Discussion of Priorities
Randall Anway,
AIA Principal,
New Tapestry, LLC

At the International Workshop, we had excellent discussions on:

Conference in Gainesville later that week. NSWG priorities for 2018 are:

Potential webinars for 2018:

Other topics that could be added based on group interest:

Randall Anway, AIA is a Registered Architect in New York and Connecticut. Specializing in design research inspired by natural patterns and systems, previous experience includes roles in facility management systems, software and web development, and building design and construction. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a board member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A Certified Biomimicry Specialist since 2011, he offers unique methods research and consulting services through his Connecticut firm, New Tapestry, LLC (LINK).


02/08/2018
NASA’s building 3 Foyer
Jacquelyn K. Nagel, Ph.D.
James Madison University

Integrating Dr. Nagel’s translation software into PeTal
Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Dr. Nagel has eight years of diversified engineering experience, both in academia and industry, including: sensor design, bio-inspired design, instrumentation and control, manufacturing, and design for the factory floor. She has worked for Mission Control Technologies, Intel, Motoman Inc., and Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Dr. Nagel has been working in the area of bio-inspired design since 2007. Her research focuses on developing engineering design tools and methods to make biological inspiration accessible to engineering design problems, as well as instructional resources for teaching bio-inspired design. Dr. Nagel has applied her research to the areas of manufacturing, sensors, and alternative energy systems. In addition to authoring numerous publications on bio-inspired design, she has given multiple invited talks, including webinars for SWE and INCOSE members, conference presentations, and lectures to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Nagel’s pioneering work in bio-inspired design has been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2012 she represented IEEE-USA as the National eWeek Foundation New Faces of Engineering Award recipient, and in 2016 she received the SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award. She earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and her M.S. and B.S. in manufacturing engineering and electrical engineering, respectively, from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.


2017

October 3-6, 2017
Summit 2017
Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace (NIEA)

NIEA Image

Summit 2017: Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace (NIEA) focused on nature-inspired research applicable to materials and structures for extreme environments. In addition, the state of the art in biomimicry/bionics/natural systems thinking was showcased. Presented by the Ohio Aerospace Institute and Great Lakes Biomimicry, in conjunction with NASA, the 2017 NIEA Summit shares NASA’s mission with biomimicry/bionics/natural systems communities, connects subject matter experts and collaboration tools, and showcases technology research clusters in the NASA V.I.N.E. ecosystem.

Highlights:

~160 attendees, 0 food waste due to 130lb of compostables collected through partnership with Cleveland State University’s sustainability department. Working group meetings on Friday resulted in follow up workshops and collaborations on funding opportunities.

NIEA Summit 2017 Presentations
Author Presentation Title Link
Dr. Rodger Dyson NASA Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion PDF
Thomas W. Kerslake Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) PDF
Dr. Robert Romanofsky “Parallels in Communication and Navigation Technology and Natural Phenomenon PDF
Joyce A. Dever Materials & Structures for Extreme Environments at NASA Glenn Research Center PDF
Bryan Palaszewski Propulsion Options and Issues When Incorporating Biomimicry PDF
Julian Vincent Biomimicry Practice and Systemology: Database or Ontology? PDF
Jacquelyn K. Nagel, Ph.D. Systematic Design of Biologically-Inspired Engineering Solutions PDF
Claudia Rivera Atacama Desert – Genius of Place PDF
Petra Gruber Biomimetic Design Concepts for NASA Zero-Gravity Exercise Devices PDF
Rashmi Jha, Alex Jones,  Sam Wenke, Eric Herrmann, Tony Bailey, Andrew Rush, Manish Kumar Biomimetic Nanoscale Devices and Architectures for Brain-Inspired Computing/AI PDF
Henry C. Astley Snakes in Space: Biomimetic Snake Robots for Extraterrestrial Exploration PDF
L. Danielle Koch, P.E NASA’s Bio-Inspired Acoustic Absorber Concept PDF
Christopher Maurer Bio-utilization of Fungal Mycelium for Building Materials PDF
D. Bhate, T. McNulty, A. Grishin, T. Le, M. A. Kiser, A. Zhang, A. Suder,
L. Ferry, P. Boradkar
Biomimetic Multi-functional Lattice Materials for Space Structures PDF
Ariel Ekblaw Nature-Inspired Assembly: Biomimetic Approaches of the MIT Media Lab Space Initiative PDF
J. Ou Cillia: 3D Printing Functional Hair-Like Structures PDF
Junliang (Julian) Tao Soil Stabilization by Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation PDF

See the full list of NIEA Speakers here: Speaker Bios

View the NIEA Summit 2017 Flyer.


08/17/2017
GRC Connections
Christopher Maurer,
Principal Architect, Redhouse Studio LLC

Stronger, Faster, Better: New Materials for a New Age
Speaker: Christopher Maurer, Principal Architect, Redhouse Studio LLC

Abstract: Buildings are responsible for 40% of carbon emissions. In the U.S. alone, more than 500 million tons of demolition waste go to landfills annually. Learn how an innovative Cleveland architect is developing new materials to help address the waste and pollution created by current construction practices – and how these pioneering materials might have future applications in space.


07/10/2017-09/30/2017
Online
NASA and Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance

NASA’s Centennial Challenges
All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students

Category: Competitions NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition. The Vascular Tissue Challenge offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically functional, human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment. The first registered team(s) to meet the required guidelines and complete their trials by Sept. 30, 2019, will win the awards.


06/30/2017
YouTube
Ashok Goel
Professor of Computer Science
School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA

Presentation on Structure-Behavior-Function models

New findings in Biologically Inspired Design

Ashok Goel is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He is the Director of the School’s Ph.D. Program in Human-Centered Computing and the Design & Intelligence Laboratory. He is also a Co-Director of the Institute’s Center for Biologically Inspired Design, a Fellow of the Brooke Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, and the President of the Board of Directors of The Biomimicry Institute. For thirty years, Ashok has been conducting research into artificial intelligence, cognitive science and human-centered computing, with a focus on computational design, modeling and creativity. He is the Editor-in-Chief of AAAI’s AI Magazine, and an Associate Editor of IEEE’s Intelligent Systems, and Design Research Society’s Design Science Journal. He is also the primary architect of Jill Watson, a virtual teaching assistant for answering questions in online education (Ashok Goel | TEDxSanFrancisco).

Global phone numbers found here:

INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group (NSWG)
Chair:  Curt McNamara  —  Co-chair:  George Studor
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06/16/2017-06/18/2017
Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio
Great Lakes Biomimicry and Hawken School

Engineering Inspired by Nature Workshop 2017Kids Participating in Workshop Learning With Nature
Presented by Sam Stier, Director of the Center for Learning with Nature Hosted by Great Lakes Biomimicry and Hawken School

Sam Stier, Director of the Center for Learning with Nature, will teach you how to use the award-winning “Engineering Inspired by Nature” curriculum, which was designated as the Top Product of 2015 by District Administration Magazine and recipient of the 2016 REVERE Award by the Association of American Publishers.

After the workshop, you and your students can:

Workshop Information
Visit Great Lakes Biomimicry In Education website


06/01/2017-07/31/2017
NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students

Category: Competitions NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The “CineSpace” competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, and others, up to 10 minutes long.

Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions as well as the two films that best demonstrate the themes “Benefits of Space to Humanity” and “Future Space Exploration.”


01/28/2017-01/29/2017
Webinar
INCOSE International Workshop 2017 (IW2017)

International Workshop 2017 Natural Systems Working Group Meeting
Webinar Overview of NSWG activities in 2016– Overview of NSWG – goals, activities, opportunities (McNamara)
– Insight Special Issue (Pohlmann)NSWG Webinar Presentations
– Design By Nature: Patterns (Macnab)
– Patterns In Natural and Human-Designed Systems (McNamara)Systems Pathology:Joint with SysSci WG

– Living systems challenges and design – (Anway)
– Discovering biomimetic strategies – (DeLuca)
– Comparing solving methods – (Reece)Testing in Nature and Design
– What can SEs learn from how nature tests? NSWG members


01/19/2017-05/11/2017
University of Akron
Peter Gruber

3h course 3100:695
Open to Art, Biology, Engineering participants

Category: Special Topics in Biology Spring 2017
Contact: Petra Gruber

01/18/2017
Cleveland Museum of Natural History – 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland OH 44106
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Raise a glass and increase your knowledge of the natural world at one of the brainiest happy hours in Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Presents Think and Drink


2016

09/12/2016-09/13/2016
NASA Ames Research Center Building 3
NASA

NASA
Technology Entrepreneurs

You can attend the event in person or virtually. Registration is required for both.

On August 15, 2016 NASA opened registration to its first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Subtopic Workshop. This workshop will provide small businesses and research institutions with a great opportunity to interact with SBIR/STTR program experts, NASA mission directorate representatives and technologists!

Interested small business and research institution participants will have the option to participate virtually or in person for one or both days. The event will be hosted on September 12-13, 2016 at NASA Ames Research Center’s Building 3 Conference Center located at, Moffett Field, CA 94035. All in-person and virtual participants must register and participation is free. Registration closes on September 2, 2016.

The purpose of this workshop is to encourage two-way conversation between potential SBIR/STTR applicants and NASA experts on a set of technical topic areas.

see more SBIR/STTR


09/08/2016
Case Western Reserve University, DeGrace Hall, Room 312
Case Western Reserve University, Department of Biology

Lecture open to University and Affiliates

Dr Gregory Sutton Photograph
Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Botany

Dr. Gregory Sutton, PhD Royal Society University Research Fellow. School of Biological Sciences University of Bristol – UKMy research is on the biomechanics of insect motions. Primarily, I look at locomotion (jumping) and sensory systems for mechanical examples of how insects accomplish the incredible feats they engage in every day. Insect jumps require large amounts of energy to be stored and released in extremely short times requiring an intricate series of biological spring systems to store the energy, linkage systems to control how the energy is transmitted to the ground, and gear systems to keep the linkage systems synchronized through these extremely fast motions. Likewise, some insect sensory systems use a biological series of high precision levers to measure extremely small mechanical forces. They can even measure the extremely small forces generated by small electric fields; allowing some insects to differentiate between flowers just on the basis of a flower’s individual electric field.

Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum
August 2-4, 2016

Tuesday, August 2 2016

Biomimicry: A NASA Perspective (Chair: Sandra Reehorst – NASA GRC)
Craig Kundrot – NASA HQ Application of Biomimicry to NASA Engineering Problems
Barbara Esker – NASA HQ ARMD Overview and Interest in Biomimicry
John Sankovic – NASA GRC NASA GRC Innovation and Biomimicry
Vikram Shyam – NASA GRC Aerospace Biomimicry and Other Cool Things
Biomimicry: An Evolving Discipline (Chair: Peter Niewiarowski – University of Akron)
Ashok Goel – Georgia Institute of Technology Cognitive Challenges of Biologically Inspired Design
Frank Rosenzweig, Georgia Institute of Technology Sweet are the uses of adversity: Insights into adaptation and speciation using experimental evolution
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, JPL Planetary exploration using biologically-inspired technologies
Lynn Rothschild, NASA ARC Synthetic biology as an enabling technology for space exploration
Curt McNamara Biomimicry Educator’s Network
LUNCH (Speaker – Thomas Tyrrell, Great Lakes Biomimicry) – Great Lakes Biomimicry
Life in Hostile Environments (Chair: Lynn Rothschild – NASA ARC)
J. Scott Turner, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry What’s so inspiring about life? Physiomimetics, adaptation and persistence of life in novel environments
Nita Sahai, University of Akron From geochemistry to biogeochemistry: The origins of life
John Senko, University of Akron Responses of microbial communities in ‘non-extreme’ settings to imposition of physicochemically ‘extreme’ conditions
Robotics (Chairs: Yoseph Bar-Cohen – JPL, and Brian Trease – University of Toledo)
Shashank Priya, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Jellyfish Node and Colonies
Nikolaus Correll, University of Colorado Boulder Material-integrated intelligence for robot autonomy
Roger Quinn, Case Western Reserve University Animals as models for robot mobility and autonomy: Crawling, walking, running, climbing, and flying

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Artificial Intelligence and Swarms (Chair: Herbert Schilling – GRC)
Amir Gandomi, Michigan State University Evolutionary computation for real-world optimization problems
Russell Eberhart, Consultant (Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis, retired) Swarm intelligence and extended analog computing 
Marc Kirschenbaum and Daniel Palmer, John Carroll University Mimicking biomimicry: What can we learn from a swarm of humans? 

Video Compilation from ‘Mimicking biomimicry: What can we learn from a swarm of humans?

Materials and Structures I (Chair: Aloysius Hepp – NASA GRC)
Kenneth Sandhage, Purdue University Part A Materials alchemy: changing the chemistries but not shapes of 3-D biogenic and synthetic structures 
Part B Materials alchemy: changing the chemistries but not shapes of 3-D biogenic and synthetic structures 
Rajesh Naik, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base *Creating functional biomimetic materials
Mrityunjay Singh, Ohio Aerospace Institute Biomorphic ceramics from lignocellulosic template
Paul Kladitis, University of Dayton Research Institute Multifunctional structures and materials: The ultimate biomimicry 

Video from “Materials alchemy: changing the chemistries but not shapes of 3-D biogenic and synthetic structures”

LUNCH (Speaker – Harvey Webster, Cleveland Museum of Natural History)
Harvey Webster - Cleveland Museum of Natural History
CMNH’s Harvey Webster with Tamarack the owl
Aeronautics and Propulsion (Chair: Isaiah Blankson – NASA GRC)
Haibo Dong, University of Virginia Aerodynamic role and low dimensional analysis of wing surface morphology in bio-inspired flapping flight
Konrad Rykaczewski, Arizona State University Cacti, kale, aphids, and airplane de-icing poison dart frogs
Wei Zhang, Cleveland State University How seal whiskers suppress vortex structures: Effects of phase shift angle
Architecture, Art, and Design (Chair: Thomas Tyrrell – Great Lakes Biomimicry)
John Nottingham, Nottingham Spirk Real world examples of how biomimetic principles are being utilized in the product design process
Bill Sullivan, FLEXcon Collaboration, biomimicry and success stories
Douglas Paige, Cleveland Institute of Art Biomimicry: A multidisciplinary design process
Petra Gruber, University of Akron A biomimetic approach to architecture and design
Evening Session – Reception and Presentation at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Stephen Howe, University of Akron Fossil doesn’t equal failure

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Communications, Navigation, and Control (Chair: Roger Quinn – CWRU)
Zhiqiang Wu, Wright State University Bio-inspired radiofrequency steganography via linear chirp radar signals
Rashmi Jha, University of Cincinnati An artificial brain mechanism to develop a learning paradigm for robots
Brian Trease, University of Toledo A stochastic, swarm-based control law for emergent-system-level area coverage by robots
Materials and Structures II (Chair: Mrityunjay Singh – Ohio Aerospace Institute)
Alyssa Stark, University of Louisville McMillon-Brown-Slides-to-Share
Lyndsey McMillon-Brown, Yale University/NASA GRC Light-trapping in polymer solar cells by processing with nanostructured diatomaceous earth
Educational Aspects of Biomimicry (Chair: Godfrey Sauti – NASA LaRC)
Anamarija Frankić, UNIZD & Biomimicry New England® Green Harbors Project® and Biomimicry LivingLabs®
Marjan Eggermont, University of Calgary Zygote Quarterly: An open-source bio-inspired design journal
Peter Niewiarowski, University of Akron Gecko adhesion: An exploration of bibliometric pattern and biomimetic process

LUNCH (Speaker – Mark Avsec, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP)  Talk title: Biomimicry and 3D printing

Collaboration and Research Direction(s) (Anita Alexander and Rebecca Kwiat – NASA GRC)

NASA facilitated follow–on activities related to biomimicry vision

Jeppie Compton EPSCOR overview
George Studor INCOSE NSWG overview

08/19/2016
INCOSE NSWG Community of Practice Webinar
Dr. Len Troncale
Professor Emeritus
California State Polytechnic University

Beyond Biomimicry to Systems Mimicry:  Using Evidence from the Natural Sciences to Design Better Systems

Abstract

This presentation introduced Systems Processes Theory (SPT), suggesting similarities and differences between the established biomimicry and the proposed systems mimicry; and outlined how SPT can provide a framework for integrating the dispersed results of several systems and natural science knowledge bases.

This integration is essential to solving some of our most pressing social problems because they involve knowledge of BOTH the inextricably linked natural systems and the human systems involved in causing the problems.

The sciences study natural phenomena using experimental methods. This paper proposes to use their vast data to better understand how systems work (universal systems process) and do not work (systems pathologies) at their most fundamental levels. This knowledge base would provide tested, evidence-based solutions to the challenges that all systems face—whatever their scale or particular function—whatever their domain, human or natural.

The paper presented two overarching strategies to accomplish systems mimicry and five case studies as possible examples of use of systems mimicry in systems design. Tools for using and action programs for establishing systems mimicry are also presented. The paper ended by suggesting a wider vision of the future of systems design and systems engineering than is currently heldd

Biography

Dr. Len Troncale is a Professor Emeritus, past Chair of Biology, Director Emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Systems Studies, and Lecturer in graduate Systems Engineering at California State Polytechnic University. He has made many presentations at INCOSE events. He has served as President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS).

He has devoted his lifework to not only biology, but to integrating all of the sciences, giving him a unique view of the full spectrum of natural sciences. These studies led to authoring Systems Processes Theory (SPT), a candidate General Theory of Systems framework for unifying the fragmented systems domains, and a proposed knowledge base in systems science for systems engineering. His 107 publications, 130 invited computerized demonstrations in 23 countries and 52 grants and contracts for $5.3M from a variety of federal, state, and private organizations have given him additional experience in research and applications in natural systems.

INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group (NSWG)
Chair:  Curt McNamara  —  Co-chair:  George Studor
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05/24/2016
The Glenn Research Center in Cleveland
NASA GRC
Tech_Day
Biomimicry: NASA’s biomimicry group displayed a booth featuring current work by researchers and examples in which nature influences aerospace and technology. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA Glenn Celebrates 75 Years of Exceptional Technology Achievements at Technology Day 2016
Dr. John Sankovic,
Director of Technology, Incubation and Innovation at Glenn

The Glenn Research Center in Cleveland celebrated a legacy of innovation and explored its role in NASA’s Journey to Mars at Technology Day 2016. Dr. John Sankovic, director of Technology, Incubation and Innovation at Glenn, highlighted some of the recent biomimicry work the center has undertaken including airfoils inspired by harbor seal whiskers, engine noise suppression inspired by reeds and an InnoCentive Challenge to miniaturize exercise equipment for the Journey to Mars using biomimicry,

Attendees were invited to register for a 3-day Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum being held at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, August 2-4. The goal of the Summit is to showcase some of the most unique efforts across industry and academia to define revolutionary technology that is inspired by nature.

The Forum offers over 30 presentations on subjects literally from A to Z – “Application of Biomimicry to NASA Problems” to “Zygote Quarterly: An Open-Source Bio-Inspired Design Journal.

To contact Glenn’s Biomimicry Working Group or to become a collaborator, click here.


05/16/2016
Great Lakes Science Center’s Omnimax Theater
Dr. Vikram Shyam
Scientist at Glenn’s Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio

Biomimicry Presented to MC2 STEM Students
Instructors and 120 STEM students from the MC2 STEM school.

Photo Credit: Great Lakes Science Center

Dr. Vikram Shyam, a scientist at Glenn’s Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio gave a talk on biomimicry at the Great Lakes Science Center’s Omnimax Theater. The audience was comprised of instructors and 120 STEM students from the MC^2 STEM school.

The talk covered the applicability to systems thinking of biomimicry to business and education in addition to technology development.

Several examples were provided ranging from healthcare to aerospace. The students were asked to observe animal behavior from videos and comment on uses, features and physics behind the behavior.

Examples of NASA’s biomimicry endeavors were also highlighted.

Biomimicry at Glenn may be found at our internal website as well as our public website.


04/26/2016
John Glenn Research Center
NASA GRC

Presentation: Emergence Oriented Programming – an example of Biomimicry
Glenn Research Center Researchers

Dr. Marc Kirschenbaum, a professor of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at John Carroll University, gave a presentation to the Center on April 26.  The talk, “Emergence Oriented Programming – an example of Biomimicry”, was well attended and generated ideas for possible collaborations with several GRC researchers, particularly with researchers working in the space communication area. Access the presentation here


04/07/2016
Center for Applied Biomechanics and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
Invited Talk at University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Researchers and Biomechanics
Vik Shyam
Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Vik Shyam visited the Center for Applied Biomechanics and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on 4/07/2016 to discuss collaboration opportunities in the fields of turbomachinery, biomimicry and fluid dynamics. In addition to meeting with several researchers to discuss topics including anti-icing, magnetic bearings, fluid dynamics of dolphin, whale and insect flight, vehicle crash testing and noninvasive measurements, Vik gave a seminar on biomimicry and application to biomechanics.

03/18/2016
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Vik Shyam
NASA

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute lecture
Invited Guests
Vik Shyam gave an invited talk about biomimicry at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute lecture series on March 18, 2016 to highlight the potential for biomimicry to solve problems in biomedical engineering and medicine.


02/26/2016
University of Akron
Dr. Isaiah Blankson

Biomimetic Approaches to Selected Engineering Problems
Invited Guests

Dr. Isaiah Blankson gave a talk titled, Biomimetic Approaches to Selected Engineering Problems at the University of Akron on Feb 26, 2016. The abstract of the talk is given below.NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, researches, designs, develops and tests innovative technology for aeronautics and spaceflight. We design game-changing technology for spaceflight that enables further exploration of the universe. We create cutting-edge aeronautical technology that revolutionizes air travel. NASA also commercializes technology that is of benefit to the community, region and nation. Some of the key technologies that are being pursued include the application of non-equilibrium plasmas to processes in aerodynamics and propulsion, treatment of dielectric liquids, energy and the environment.

In this seminar, several examples of engineering problems of interest and importance to the Aeronautics sector of NASA will be presented. Our emphasis will be on the various approaches which are derived by learning from nature’s design strategies and solutions which are a rich source of inspiration for various branches of science and technology. Particular examples include sonic-boom mitigation of supersonic aircraft by forward energy addition, the application of radio-vision systems to issues in aviation safety, control of vortex-induced vibrations, and potential car-body structures for automobile safety. In each example, the conventional approach and the nature-inspired approach will be described.

Finally, an opportunity to embed biomimetic designs and strategies in a new ground-transportation concept will be briefly discussed.

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