Biologically inspired design: A new program for computational sustainability

Computational sustainability—the use of computing to address problems of environmental sustainability—is emerging as a major theme in AI research. For example, since 2011 the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) has organized a special track on computational sustainability as part of its annual National Conference on AI. Thus far, most research on computational sustainability has focused on monitoring, modeling, analysis, and optimization of existing systems. I propose another exciting and promising AI research program on computational sustainability that emphasizes the design of new systems and processes, and, in particular, biologically inspired design.