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Clinical Assistant Professor
My background is in sustainable Visual Communication Design, and am now integrating the Biomimicry thinking framework into the design thinking process. The goal is to change the paradigm from a human-centered to a more life-centered process.
Dr. Breetz studies energy policy and politics. She’s interested in biomimicry as it relates to energy production, energy storage, and sustainable energy systems.
Regents’ Professor, School of Molecular Sciences (SMS), Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Honors Faculty, Barrett Honors College
Our research is in artificial photosynthesis in which we attempt to translate the lessons from photosynthesis into design principles for solar energy conversion technologies able to sustainability meet human needs for food, fuel and fiber.
I give a series of lectures on sustainability to all entering students in SMS and participate in biochemistry graduate courses in SMS
I am on the advisory council of institutes for sustainability in Brazil and hope to see those institutes affiliated in some way with TBC. http://www.itv.org/en/
Dhruv’s research, teaching and service revolve around Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). He is passionate about the design possibilities enabled by the technology and studies nature’s use of cellular structures like honeycombs and lattices to learn how we may abstract design principles and apply them to engineering solutions. Dhruv teaches a Design for Additive Manufacturing course and also works with high school students interested in 3D printing, and always includes discussions on how students can bring ideas from nature into their design process.
My Website: https://3dxresearch.com/
My research focuses on development of materials and methods for augmenting heat and mass transport processes. In many projects we either look for inspiration in already described biological examples or try to uncover new natural mechanisms.
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
My expertise is in applying social and ecological knowledge in landscape architecture and urban design for building resilient and sustainable communities.Understanding and learning from nature is fundamental in environmental planning and design, which is embedded in my teaching, research and outreach to communities.
My research aims to study fundamental physics behind interactions of biological systems with their surrounding solid, granular, and fluidic environments. Utilizing biological insights derived from these studies, I would like to develop bio-inspired robotic systems and programmable interfacial structures for search and rescue, exploratory, and medical applications.
My research expertise is in human and animal perception-action modeling and applications, while my teaching areas span Perceptual Psychology, Design and Engineering Psychology, Music & Art Perception, and Quirky Science. One example of my research is testing and modeling how humans and dogs optically determine where to run to catch balls and Frisbees, and then designing a biomimetic ball-catching robot based on the same evolutionarily-selected perception-action control principles.
In self-organizing particle systems, I take inspiration from collective biological and physical systems to envision an abstraction of programmable active matter. We investigate the capabilities and properties of simple computational elements called particles with limited memory and communication to self-organize in order to solve system-wide problems of movement, coordination, and configuration. More broadly my expertise is in distributed computing and algorithms, and self-organization.
My Webpage: www.public.asu.edu/~aricha
My Lab Webpage: sops.engineering.asu.edu
My primary interest is in learning. From a biomimicry perspective, biological evolution, the human immune system and bee foraging provide useful examples to study. In these systems, trial and error plays a major role through the generation of a large diversity of trials and the strong selection of favorable variants. I have extensive experience on the error side of trial and error.
Senior Sustainability Scientist
I examine the decisions, strategies and practices adopted by organizations to lessen negative impacts on the environment and society. I utilize nature’s lessons when attempting to uncover how organizations adapt, evolve and innovate, in light of changing institutional pressures and global sustainability problems.
My work involves using biological molecules (such as peptides, proteins, and DNA) and bioinspired self-assembly principles to create novel nanomaterials with applications in medicine, biology, and fundamental science. My work is highly biomimetic, borrowing heavily from systems such as cells and organisms to create dynamic and functional materials that approach the complexity and adaptability of biology.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Barrett Honors Faculty
Expertise and interest – My research interests are in the areas of neural interfaces and neuromodulation. I am interested in developing brain-like artificial interfaces with the nervous system. I am also interested in developing technologies to communicate with the brain and the nervous system that mimic the way the body does it.
My Webpage: www.public.asu.edu/~jmuthus/lab
Dr. Artemiadis’ primary research interests have been in robotics and autonomous systems that interact with humans. The goals of his research have been to improve the quality of life by developing and controlling robotic devices that physically and cognitively interact and collaborate with humans. This interaction can be with devices that assist and augment human capabilities, as well as provide motor rehabilitation therapy to impaired individuals. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Artemiadis’ research has been focusing on answering important questions regarding the symbiosis of humans and robots in environments that involve physical and cognitive interaction.
I design and build wearable robotic systems mimicking the human musculoskeletal system.
Assistant Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
I am a Senior Sustainability Scientist who has worked on a number of renewable energy projects. My most recent work has had to do with Community Engagement, with Native Hawaiian Homesteaders and now with Palestinian refugees in the West Bank. I see the potential for using Life’s Principles as a way of making these and future projects much more symbiotic with the natural climate and habitat that surrounds them.
My research is on biologically inspired learning algorithm and hardware design, in order to achieve on-chip intelligence with high energy efficiency. Through the collaboration with TBC faculty, I will transfer the knowledge of biological systems to smart hardware design, and apply them to mobile learning systems.
My research expertise includes designing energy-efficient neural networks in various hardware platforms (e.g. ASIC, FPGA, integration with emerging devices). The custom hardware that we design implements a broad range of neural network algorithms that are inspired by the operations in biological nervous systems.
I develop bio-inspired robots which can be used across a number of applications. These platforms can often be used to answer questions in the biological world, or to solve challenges by cutting through an infinite design space in typical engineering design processes. I seek to work with biologists to answer questions in biomechanics and locomotion. I have experience working on or with terrestrial, underwater, and flying applications, including the topic of grasping and manipulation, specifically with underactuated, compliant systems.