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Biomimetic, or biologically inspired, design uses analogous biological phenomena to develop solutions for engineering problems. Several instances of biomimetic design result from personal observations of biological phenomena. However, many engineers’ knowledge of biology may be limited, thus reducing the potential of biologically inspired solutions. Our(More)
This paper addresses a multi-robot optimal assembly planning problem which in essence is an augmented Travelling Salesperson Problem (TSP+). In our TSP+, both the “salesperson” (a robot with a tool) as well as the “cities” (another robot with a workpiece) move. Namely, in addition to the sequencing of tasks, further planning is required to choose where the(More)
This paper summarizes various aspects of identifying and applying biological analogies in engineering design using a natural-language approach. To avoid the immense as well as potentially biased task of creating a biological database specifically for engineering design, the chosen approach searches biological knowledge in natural-language format, such as(More)
This paper emphasizes remanufacturing as an end-of-life option and the effects of fastening and joining methods on remanufacture. Three case studies describe examples of fastening and joining that facilitate assembly and recycling but impede remanufacturing. To illustrate the impact of fastening choices on remanufacture relative to other life-cycle(More)
This paper explores combining functional modeling and biomimetic design. Observed benefits of applying functional modeling to biomimetic design include a more complete, systematic modeling that reveals additional aspects of biological phenomena to be exploited. Incorporating biological phenomena into a function-based design repository requires that multiple(More)
Identifying relevant analogies from biology is a significant challenge in biomimetic design. Our naturallanguage approach addresses this challenge by developing techniques to search biological information in naturallanguage format, such as books or papers. This paper presents the application of natural-language processing techniques, such as part-of-speech(More)