BiSSL director Dr. Astrid Layton was invited to give a research seminar to the INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group.
Abstract: Inspiration from nature has produced some fascinating, novel, and life-changing solutions for the human world. Most of these bio-inspired designs however have been product based. Taking a systems perspective when we look to nature taps inspirations that can improve the critical networks we depend on. This talk focuses on biological ecosystems, in particular, complex networks of interacting species that are able to support individual needs while maintaining system-level functions. These networks offer inspiration for achieving both sustainability AND resilience in the design of our human-engineered networks. Quantitative ecosystem descriptors and analysis techniques adapted from ecology enable desirable ecosystem characteristics to be used as design guides for things like industrial resource networks, water networks, supply chains, and power grids.“Biological Ecosystems as Quantitative System Design Inspiration for Resilient and Sustainable Human Networks” Dr. Astrid Layton