Biologically Inspired Design: A New Paradigm for AI Research on Computational Sustainability?

Much AI research on computational sustainability has focused on monitoring, modeling, analysis, and optimization of existing systems and processes. In this article, we present another exciting and promising paradigm for AI research on computational sustainability that emphasizes design of new systems and processes, and, in particular, on biologically inspired design. We first characterize biologically inspired design, then examine its relationship with environmental sustainability, next present a computational model of the process of biologically inspired design, and finally describe a few computational systems for supporting biologically inspired design practice.