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Biomimetics for Innovation and Design Laboratory

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Biomimetic Design
Biomimetic design uses biological models to solve engineering problems. Biological phenomena provide an abundant source of inspiration for design, including novel models for process optimization and ideas for sustainable production practices.

BIDLab Rationale
In the past, biologically inspired design has mostly relied on personal or chance knowledge and observation of biology to inspire design. As many engineers may not know the most relevant biological phenomena for any given design problem, a systematic method of accessing biological knowledge is required. Our approach is to search the vast amount of biological knowledge already in natural-language format.

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