March 30, 2010 16:15 - 17:15
Empa, Dübendorf, Theodor-Erismann-Auditorium, VE102
The objective of Biomimetics (or Biomimicry, Bionics, etc) is to enhance technology with the introduction of ideas and concepts derived from biology. Electronics and computing have benefited from the complexities of organisation of the nervous system and of social animals (mainly birds and insects) but there is no proof that the technical systems work in the same way as the biological ones - there is merely inspiration and correlation. At more specific levels we have Velcro (attachment derived from hooked seeds), Lotusan (water repellance from hydrophobic plant surfaces), Gecko adhesive (from the design of the geckos foot pad) and the like. But these tiny innovations are not going to lead to a revolution. A wider vision is needed, grounded in the detail of biology. A coherent method must take account of the knowledge base and the contextual changes across the interfaces. In the lecture you will be taken through a number of tools that are being developed, including lexicography, ontology and TRIZ, the theory of solving problems inventively.
The language of the presentation is English.
Free entrance, guests are welcome
Dr. Anne Satir
Tel: 044 823 4562