Embryogenesis-Inspired Mechanisms in Design: Induction, Gene Transcription, and Commitment

By Yuemin Hou and Linhong Ji.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper presents three mechanisms inspired by embryogenesis to grow artifacts: induction, gene transcription and commitment. The goal of the research is to build computational design mechanisms to promote autonomous design. An embryogenesis-inspired growth design framework is used to show in what way the three mechanisms are combined to develop design concepts step by step. The growth design framework consists of similar stages with the developmental process of an embryo. The mechanism of gene transcription is used to transform functions into the function representation by relating them with physical and chemical principles and to transform properties into structural features. The mechanism of induction serves as a “white box” to develop the primary concepts into more complex concepts based on rules reasoning. The mechanism of commitment guides decision-making through game theories, optimization and heuristics. The paper consists of five sections: (1) introduction to current research on bio-inspired design, (2) embryogenesis inspiration, (3) modeling mechanisms, (4) examples using induction, gene transcription, and commitment mechanisms, and (5) discussion and conclusion.

Keywords: Design Mechanism, Induction, Gene Transcription, Commitment, Modeling

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.239-258. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 958.897KB).

Dr. Yuemin Hou

Teacher and Researcher, Design Faculty, School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Information Science and Technology, Beijing, Beijing, China

Ph.D (from Tsinghua Unversity). Research Interests: Bio-inspired Design theory and algorithm, design creativity: synergetics approach and heuristics approach, neural thinking model for design, and dynamics.

Dr. Linhong Ji

Professor, Associate Dean, Institute of Design Engineering, Department of Precision Instrument and Mechanology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Beijing, China

Ph.D (from The University of Tokyo), professor and associate dean of the Department of Precision Instrument and Mechanology, director of Rehabilitation Engineering Center of Tsinghua University. Research Interests: Rehabilitation Engineering, Rehabilitation robot, dynamics, Design theory and methodology.

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