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Human-made but inspired by nature

Biocene is the period of new life. When our descendants look back at this period in time, they will see evidence, in the geologic and electronic record, of anthropic climate change, growing population, and scarcity of resources. But they will also see the rebirth of human ingenuity as we overcame the challenges that faced us through nature-inspired exploration.

Previously named the Biomimicry Summit, this is the 3rd annual bio-inspired symposium held in Cleveland, Ohio that attracts speakers and attendees from across the globe.

What You'll Experience

  • Discover how nature-inspired innovation is transforming the marketplace, advancing scientific thought and creating sustainable, competitive advantages.
  • Hear from thought leaders, cutting-edge manufacturers, educators, and experts in biology, engineering, design and organizational development. Each presenter will provide a different perspective on how looking to nature’s 3.8 billion years of R&D can yield highly effective solutions to challenges.
  • Join a diverse and forward-thinking audience of innovators, ideation experts, businesses, scientists, educators, students, sustainability advocates, economic professionals, and local, state, and federal agencies.

Ohio Aerospace Institute

22800 Cedar Point Rd
Cleveland, OH 44142

Four days of events



August 14 - 17, 2018

08:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Event Features

3 Tracks

Business

Education

Technology

Programs

NASA Tour

Biocene Cafe

Art Competition

Evening Events

Network and enjoy natural inspiration at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Metroparks.

Schedule

Take a peek at the exciting programs.

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Discussion topics include: AI, Propulsion, Power and energy storage, Sensors, Communication and Navigation technology, Materials and Structures, application of Biomimetic thinking to all aerospace competencies.

Location: Ohio Aerospace Institute
Track: Technology

Pre-registration was required and the tour is full.
Registered participants: Tour transportation to NASA leaves promptly at 1:30 p.m. from OAI.

Location: Start at Ohio Aerospace Institute

3 Topics:
-Nature-inspired interstellar travel
-Earth 2150
-Ultimate AI

Location: Atrium

Early-bird registration, Biocene Art Competition begins, poster set up and viewing, Aerospace Corporation drone fly-in, light refreshments.

Location: Atrium

Introduction speakers include: Dr. Ajay Misra (Deputy Director for Research, NASA Glenn Research Center),
Tom Tyrrell (Founder Great Lakes Biomimicry)

Location: Auditorium

Dr. Shyam will share his views on the state of biomimicry, a vision for the future and how Biocene will help achieve this future, PeTal Demonstration, V.I.N.E. overview and solicitation of research opportunities.

Location: Auditorium

In 2016, the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a “moonshot” for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings. In this talk, you’ll learn how the team approached this unique opportunity to develop a way to (literally) grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a disruption and paradigm shift that could switch us from a PETRO-chemical world to a BIO-chemical one.

Keynote
Location: Auditorium

Biomimicry thinking is a powerful tool for bringing unique potential solutions to the table in ways traditional innovation processes do not. The ROI for organizations is real and is something every organization needs to consider.

Track: Business
Location: Auditorium

Evolutionary optimization techniques are utilized for the rational design of soft artificial creatures, characterized by different scales and operating across environments. Applications range from slithering and swimming biolocomotion strategies to artificial muscles and bio-hybrid systems.

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Meet Biological Ambassadors (live biological interactions)

Location: Auditorium

-Biocene Lunch + Poster Review + Lightning Round Sign-ups
-Poster Presentations

Location: Sunroom

In 2016, na2ure jointly released the Pattern Alphabet at RISD Design Science and MIT Sandbox Summit to great acclaim as a powerfully simple and versatile tool to aid learning and creativity. The goal of this pattern set, fashioned after the most essential building blocks in nature, is to create a universal, non-verbal language to visualize math in a way that humans can understand by non-verbal reasoning, including at pre-verbal ages.

Track: Education
Location: President's Room

Physiomimetic approaches yield a potential solution to bypass high launch costs by exploiting local in-situ resources and leveraging those resources to create self-replicating machines which proceed to replicate exponentially. Indeed, it might be argued that a self-replicating machine encapsulates the most biological of life functions that differentiate the biological from the non-biological. If this can be achieved, entire infrastructures can be constructed robotically with only a modest injection of hardware into space onto the Moon, Mars, asteroids, etc.

Track: Technology
Location: Industry Room

This panel discussion will explore the on-the-ground experiences of three companies who have employed biomimicry to enhance their innovation. Steve Percy, former Chairman and CEO of BP America and one of the co-coordinating lead authors of the UN's Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, will lead a conversation with Owens Corning, Lubrizol, and GOJO Industries to uncover and explain the discoveries, challenges and perspective-changing results of looking to nature for inspiration.

Track: Business
Location: Auditorium

Whether in accessing scarce water resources, providing energy-free HVAC or utilizing adaptive building materials, animals have evolved strategies to address problems that we share. Examples of active research from the lab and from termite architecture, nesting birds and desert insects will be reviewed in the context of the potential application.

Track: Business
Location: President's Room

Inventions and discoveries triggered by biomimicry are usually highly creative and efficient. However they happen due to serendipity: knowledge transfer between biology and engineering is not straightforward since biology and engineering are generally studied in isolation of each other. There are no systematic ways to incorporate ideas from nature/biology into the design process of engineering solutions. A knowledge base of biology goals and mechanisms and an "intelligent" tool to navigate them and map them to engineering problems would take serendipity out of the loop and provide a systematic way of connecting engineering challenges to biology inspiration.

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Participants self select to give a 3-5 minutes presentation about a big idea, an interesting fact, a burning questions or anything they want to present to advance learning and the perspective of biomimicry.

Track: Business
Location: Auditorium

How well do you know your patterns? Or your animal and plant anatomy?
After presenting during the day program on 8/15, Alex Wolf and Dr. Vijal Parikh will engage you in playful activities during the networking hour. Using their Pattern Alphabet, and their Periodic Table for Biology, Alex and Vijal, who have experience in the toy and game industry, will try out some new games they are developing on the group assembled for after hours fun.
Registration is required (connect@glbiomimicry.org or at the OAI registration/check-in table). Transportation to the Marriott leaves at 5:30 p.m. from OAI.

Location: Marriott Cleveland Airport, 4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, 44135

The biomimetics task going forward is to elicit from nature how the quantum processes that are present and operable in bioprocesses are enabled, and to determine ideal potential applications of these quantum bio approaches to quantum technology practice.

Keynote
Location: Auditorium

What is V.I.N.E.? Introduction to clusters/catalysts, Opportunities to collaborate/join a NASA V.I.N.E. cluster, Brief presentation from Bryan Palaszewski (NASA GRC), Introduction to the afternoon Design Challenge Ideation Workshop (4:45PM), ending with informal time to mingle, meet clusters of interest, and choose a cluster to work with in the Ideation Sessions

Workshop
Location: Auditorium

When front end innovators are presented with biological analogies as ideation stimulus, what is the effect on creativity of product concepts generated? Dr. Emily Kennedy will present results of a field study investigating this question. The study provides insight for strategic design of industry brainstorming sessions. 

Track: Business
Location: Industry Room

Deep learning is biomimicry inspired by neural systems applied to artificial intelligence, however artificial neural networks can be fooled in ways that humans' often aren't. As detailed in the recent landmark Malicious AI Report, this is a problem for all of us concerned with AI's short- and long-term impact on society. This session will present the major technical problems leading to malicious AI, focusing on those that occur when biomimetics falls short. Novel research connecting two of these technical challenges is presented, and directions for future critical-path work outside of AI research are discussed.

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Using a systems view has proven useful in both biomimcry education and in practice. This session presents three distinct approaches, which are usable across a range of environments. The Systems Explorer is a simple diagram which has been adapted by the Biomimicry Institute for their Toolbox. There are a multitude of ways to use this approach, and these will be briefly discussed. Agent based modeling is a straight-forward way for students to explore emergence and see how simple models lead to complex behavior. There will be a brief overview of NetLogo models, and resource material for creating your own models will be made available. Structure-behavior-function modeling is an approach that allows students to see how system construction (structure) supports system properties.

Track: Education
Location: President's Room

How well do we really understand the problems we are trying to solve? Problem abstraction with a biomimicry design process exposes new pathways for exploration, allowing us to view a broader scope of opportunities and promote discovery.

Track: Business
Location: President's Room

An effective XAI should be able to deliver explanation with a high level of accuracy, handle uncertainty, and learn from experience. To address these points and provide meticulous explanation this research utilizes a hybrid learning technique that combines explanation ability of Fuzzy logic that incorporates uncertainty with learning abilities of nature-inspired artificial Neural Networks.

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

This session will briefly introduce biomimicry, suggest how it relates to science education standards and supports STEAM educational methods, and how it can be integrated into a K-12 classroom. Topics include ways to introduce biomimicry to students and engage them from the start. Several project ideas will be given with student examples for your perusal.  The Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge will be discussed, along with best case studies in the classroom. Lessons for K-6, as well as junior high and high school students will be offered. Field trip ideas and a summary of references to resources, curricula, and applications will be shared.

Track: Education
Location: Industry Room

The Skunk Works® team is celebrating 75 years of aviation innovation this year and remains connected to founder Kelly Johnson’s vision of a place where small empowered teams create powerful solutions. Exploring the nature inspired approach to innovation will leverage our ability to provide customers with cutting technology in areas such as next generation mobility, hypersonics, future fighter force, and quiet supersonic technology. In this presentation, we describe recent biomimicry projects, methods to socialize nature inspired design and plans to include biomimicry as a significant new step in our technology development process.

Track: Business
Location: President's Room

Join Autumn Russell, Director of Education at the Akron Zoo, and Christine Hockman, Co-Director of Great Lakes Biomimicry, to learn how educators from zoos, parks, nature centers, museums and libraries can incorporate biomimicry into camps, exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages. Discover what training, tools and resources you need and can access to help you and your organization succeed. Autumn Russell led initiatives to create the Akron Zoo's popular Curious Creatures exhibit, camp, programs and student engagement efforts that focus on bioinspiration. Christine Hockman has worked with informal education for both Summit Metro Parks and Great Lakes Biomimicry.

Track: Education
Location: Industry Room

Evolutionary Computation (EC) techniques are a subset of artificial intelligence, but they are slightly different from the classical methods in the sense that the intelligence of EC comes from biological systems or nature in general. The efficiency of EC is due to their significant ability to imitate the best features of nature which have evolved by natural selection over millions of years.

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Discussion of the Air Force Office of Science and Research’s biophysics program and outline of research opportunities with AFOSR.

Keynote
Location: Auditorium

3 Tracks:
-Citizen science
-Technology,
-Business and IP

Workshop
Location: Sunroom

Eons of accidents and mistakes in Nature have consistently produced innovations to evolve. Organizations’ well-being and profitability count on their capability to encourage and embrace their own surprise. See, learn and apply Nature’s wisdom to your ecosystem.

Track: Business
Location: President's Room

Learn how to visualize vast amounts of data and glean insights into trends, state of the art and areas for research using QUID an AI discovery tool

Track: Technical
Location: Auditorium

In silico et in situ takes the art out of the gallery and into the environment by creating site-specific art installations through the use of 3D scanning and printing technology. These sculptural interventions are created by using source materials or inspirations from the natural environment. After manipulating the source material virtually (in silico) with 3D software, the sculptures are physically manifested through the use 3D printing in a variety of materials and then placed back into nature (in situ), where the source material was harvested (3D scanned) or inspired from. As the pieces become publicly accessible they allow for a playful discovery of the work. The land scape is intricately linked with the artwork, converging in the creation of contemporary techno-voxel sculptures.

Track: Education
Location: Industry Room

Ethan Smith and Alexandra Ralevski reveal previously unreleased data and insights gleaned from a decade's worth of surveys, interviews, studies, and analytics related to the Biomimicry Institute's website for biological inspiration and idea sharing, asknature.org. This exploration of audiences and usage patterns is intended to inform the breadth of tools for systematic bio-inspired design being envisioned and developed today, and may also spark ideas about how we all might communicate and teach about bio-inspired design more effectively.

Track: Business
Location: Industry Room

Insect-scale aerial vehicles have a wide variety of potential applications in areas such as search and rescue and surveillance in narrow or confined spaces, thanks to their small size. These insect-scale vehicles, however, are challenging to control because their response is characterized by dominant time scales on the order of only a few hundred milliseconds. Neuromorphic sensors and control techniques can potentially provide a biologically-inspired solution to this problem.

Track: Technology
Location: President's Room

Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs) are a complex sequence of tasks that must be executed with precision in an uncertain and risky environment. In the current state, the Astronaut is supported during an EVA by audio communications with the flight crew and ground crew. While this approach has worked effectively for several decades, emerging augmented reality technologies offer new opportunities to improve the safety, reliability, and effectiveness of EVAs.

Track: Education
Location: Auditorium

In this workshop, attendees choose a cluster to join to ideate on the proposed Design Challenge. Each cluster will generate a Focus Statement for potential future work, a communication plan, and proposal ideas to report out on Friday (11AM). This will be an opportunity for cluster member recruitment. Facilitated by Colleen Unsworth (Biomimicry Fellow, U Akron/NASA)

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

This casual event in the Cleveland Metroparks at Willow Bend will feature a grilled dinner, a nature walk to discover the "genius of place" and an opportunity to be part of a swarm. Or just kick back and enjoy a relaxing summer evening in a beautiful park that's part of a nationally-awarded Metro Parks system.
Registration is required (connect@glbiomimicry.org or at the OAI registration/check-in table). Transportation to the park leaves at 5:15 p.m. from OAI.

Location: Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation at Willow Bend

This talk by architect and NIAC fellow Christopher Maurer will explore the many building materials that utilize the growth of organisms in their manufacture. Many bioterials are being commercialized for packaging, replacements for leathers, and dimensional building materials. Bioterials have the capacity to utilize waste resources and microbial growth to create sustainable alternatives to commercial materials that are poising the environment and filling landfills. Chris will explore his work with NASA through the NIAC program, and MIT creating 4d printable materials that grow over time as multi-functional bio-utilizing and bio-inspired materials for the future.

Location: Auditorium

Meet a biological ambassador, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Location: Auditorium

The structural form seen in bones and tree branches defines their function and design. The natural meaning of structural form can be adopted in architectural structures and industrial design objects that might represent an alternative and more attractive vision.

Keynote
Location: Auditorium

The presented paper takes the biomimicry perspective on wind hazard mitigation by identifying the most vulnerable aspects of buildings and other civil structure in strong winds on one side, and the wind-resilient examples of biology systems on the other side, in order to link problem areas with potential biomimicry solution proposals.

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Designs of closed natural ecosystems on Mars, bio-inspired urban organization systems, and also AI-run habitats

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Each cluster reports out on results of earlier Ideation Session (Focus Statement, collaboration/solicitation ideas, communication plan, application of work to V.I.N.E./PeTaL).

Track: Technology
Location: Auditorium

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: August 7th

Student & Educator Registration

$150/ person

Includes all programs and evening events

General Registration

$ 475/ person

Includes all programs and evening events

OAI, Great Lakes Biomimicry and NASA Member/ NASA Contractor Registration

$ 350/ person

(OAI and Great Lakes Biomimicry Members)

Includes all programs and evening events

Register Today!

Sponsors

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Biocene 2018 Poster Competiton

We invite students to share their research with experts in academic and aerospace- related disciplines. Any nature-inspired topic is acceptable including, but not limited to, art, design, architecture, language and philosophy.

Learn more on the NASA website here.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms are available at a special discounted rate at Cleveland Airport Marriott for $126.00 USD per night (parking included).

Cleveland Airport Marriott (4277 West 150th St., Cleveland, OH 44135) is 2.8 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and 7 miles from the event site, Ohio Aerospace Institute.

The last day to reserve a room at this discounted rate is July 30.

Make an online reservation here .