VITA: Visual Thinking

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by atypical behaviors in three different areas: social interaction, communication, and stereotyped or repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. Classic autism is one of several related conditions that comprise Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs). While the specific causes…

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Biologically-Inspired Design

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Tools Design by Analogy to Nature Engine About Biologically inspired design, a kind of design by analogy, requires that engineers understand complex biological systems as analogues for design. A number of typical characteristics make biologically inspired design an especially interesting problem to study. (1) By definition, biologically inspired design is…

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MILA: Systems Thinking

The Systems Thinking project at the Design & Intelligence lab broadly focuses on teaching students at various levels to engage in thinking about complex, and especially ecological, systems. The project specifically addresses multiple specific tasks and abilities: Helping students understand complex systems through the construction of structure-behavior-function models (Goel et…

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GAIA: Adaptive Game-Playing Agents

The designs of long-living interactive games evolve through many versions. Changes from one version of a game to the next are typically incremental and often very small. A game designer (or a team of game designers and software engineers) formulates the requirements of the new version of the game, adapts…

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Intelligent Biologically Inspired Design

  In Biologically Inspired Design, engineers use biology as a source of ideas for solving engineering problems. However, locating relevant literature is difficult due to vocabulary differences and lack of domain knowledge. IBID is an intelligent search mechanism that uses a functional taxonomy to direct search and a formal modeling…

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SBF

We use the Structure-Behavior-Function (a.k.a., SBF) language to model physical devices and biological systems. Video Tutorials About SBF SBF Lesson 1: Introduction SBF Lesson 2: Structure Models SBF Lesson 3: Function Models SBF Lesson 4: Behavior Models SBF Lesson 5: Lotus Leaf Related Files Abstract Syntax Tree (TXT) Model of…

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