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Trade-offs, evolution and biomimetics
Tue 1 December 2015, 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
Dr Julian Vincent from Oxford University will be presenting a lecture on Trade-offs, evolution and biomimetics.
The idea of a trade-off goes back to the ancient Greeks, when Heraclitus pointed out that it was the basis of defining a problem. Hegel called it the dialectic, Engels used the idea to model evolution and Marx applied it to economics. At some point Pareto pointed out that it was something to do with optimisation, and Genrich Altshuller used the same notion in his formulation of TRIZ (Theory of Solving Problems Inventively). The Pareto set is being introduced into ecological theory to model adaptive evolution and (almost) to define “ecological niches” as a series of mutually exclusive trade-offs, which can co-exist in any number. With such a broad set of applications, it should come as no surprise that the trade-off can form the basis of a means of equating biology and engineering, yielding a tool to describe and analyse biomimetics. I’m doing this by generating an ontology, based on TRIZ. Part of the outcome is a series of recommendations for making engineering ‘greener’.
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Building 8W, Room 2.1
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
University of Bath