Social Biomimicry: Conference on Insect Societies and Human Design

Project: Research project

Project Details


A conference proposed and organized by graduate students, Social Biomimicry: Insect Societies and Human Design will explore how the collective behavior and nest architecture of social insects can inspire more effective and sustainable solutions to human challenges. The conference will facilitate interdisciplinary exchange of concepts, perspectives, and tools among biologists, designers, engineers, and businesspeople. Symposia will be organized along problem-oriented themes relevant to social insects and humans: traffic dynamics, task allocation, cooperative transport, and architecture. Working groups will address general issues: how to identify and translate social insect strategies into biomimetic designs, how to facilitate communication among biologists and designers and build mutually-beneficial collaborations, and how to manage psychological resistance and ethical concerns related to social biomimicry. Leading scientists and professionals have expressed interest in participating, and graduate students will also be encouraged to attend. In addition, the local community will be educated and engaged through a public event featuring a lecture and exhibits of live insects and artwork. The conference will be held February 18-20, 2010 at Arizona State University (ASU).
Effective start/end date7/1/1012/31/12


  • NSF: Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO): $16,838.00


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