Ashok K. Goel

Ashok K. Goel is a Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is Director of the School’s Ph.D. Program in Human-Centered Computing, and Coordinator of the faculty consortium on Creativity, Learning & Cognition. He is Director of the School’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory and a Co-Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Biologically Inspired Design. He is affiliated with the GVU Center, the Institute for People and Technology, the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center, the Center for 21st Century Universities, and the Health Systems Institute.


Ashok conducts research into human-centered computing, artificial intelligence and cognitive science, with a focus on computational design, discovery, and creativity. The goals of his research are to understand human creativity in conceptual design of complex systems as well as scientific problem solving, to develop interactive tools for aiding people in such creative tasks, and to invent computational systems that are themselves creative. His research explores analogical thinking, systems thinking, visual thinking, and meta-thinking as fundamental processes of design, discovery and creativity. His current projects explore analogical thinking and systems thinking in biologically inspired engineering design, visual thinking on intelligence tests, and meta-thinking in game-playing agents. A related project focuses on systems thinking and meta-thinking in learning about ecological systems in middle school science and about biological systems in interdisciplinary education in biologically inspired design.


Ashok typically teaches the CS 4635/CS 7637 course on Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence in the fall term of each year. In the spring term, he alternates between teaching the the CS 4610/CS 7615 course on Computational Creativity, the interdisciplinary graduate course CS 6795 on Cognitive Science, and the new interdisciplinary undergraduate GT 2803 course on Invention.


Ashok is a member of the Organizing Committee of the conference series on Advances on Cognitive Systems, and the Steering Committee of the conference series on Theory and Application of Diagrams. In 2013, we was a member of program committees of several conferences, workshops and symposia, including the Sixteenth International Conference on AI in Education (AIED 2013) in Memphis, Tennessee, the Thirty Fifth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013) in Berlin, Germany, and the Nineteenth International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2013) in Seoul, Korea. In 2013, he gave an invited talk to the Twenty First International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was a panelist at the Biomimicry 3.8 Seventh Education Summit and Global Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. He is scheduled to give talks at the Dept. of Cognitive Science at University of California at San Diego, the San Diego Zoo’s Conference on Bioinspiration, the College of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, the AAAI 2013 Fall Symposium on Discovery Informatics, and the Second Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems.

Ashok is an Associate Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems, ASME Transactions: Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE), Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, and Advances in Cognitive Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of AAAI’s AI Magazine, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI), Advanced Engineering Informatics (AEI), and Design Creativity and Innovation.

Ashok serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, and is a member of BID Community Think Tank that publishes the Bioinspired! digital magazine. He is a life member of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a member of ACM, IEEE, ASME, the Cognitive Science Society and the Design Society SIG on Design Creativity.


Ashok recently co-edited the first ever book on computational methods and tools for biologically inspired design. In 2011, his Design & Intelligence research laboratory developed one of the first interactive tools on the web for supporting biologically inspired design; Here is a short video describing the DANE interactive tool. Ashok’s TEDx talk in 2012 summarizes some of his research on AI for biologically inspired design and environmental sustainability.


Ashok K. Goel
School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Technology Square Research Building, 85 Fifth Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA
Email:; Phone: (404) 894-4994; Fax: (404) 894-0673


Ms. Cynthia Bryant;; 404-894-3807

Travel, etc.

12/12 – Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference, Mountain View, California
06/13 – Panel on Interdisciplinary Education, Biomimicry 3.8 Conference, Boston
07/13 – AI in Education Conference, Memphis
07/13 – Keynote Address, Case-Based Reasoning Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
07/13 – AAAI Conference and EAAI Symposium, Bellevue, Washington
09/13 – Biomimicry 3.8 Meeting, Yellowstone National Park, Montana
10/02-03/13 – IBM Meeting on Cognitive Systems, Yorktown Heights, New York
11/05-08/13 – Talk at Dept. of Cognitive Science, University of California at San Diego, Panel on Research on Bioinspiration at San Diego Zoo’s Conference on Bioinspiration, San Diego, and Invited Talk at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
11/15-17/13 – AAAI Fall Symposium on Discovery Informatics, Arlington, Virginia
12/12-12/13 – Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference, UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland


Ashok has two sons:

Kunal (17 years old), a senior in the Dekalb County Magnet Program for High Achievers at Chamblee Charter High School, Vice-President of the Student Government and Co-Captain of the Tennis Team; and

Gautam (19), a junior in the Honors Program at Georgia Tech with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a recipient of the 2013 Goldwater Award.