Ashok K. Goel is a Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science in the
School of Interactive Computing at
Georgia Institute of Technology. He is Director of the School's Design & Intelligence Laboratory and a Co-Director of Georgia Tech's
Center for Biologically Inspired Design. He is affiliated with the
GVU Center, the
Institute for People and Technology,
the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center, the Center for 21st Century Universities, and the
Health Systems Institute. He is a Co-Coordinator of the School of Interactive Computing faculty consortium on
Creativity, Learning & Cognition, and a Co-Coordinator of the Georgia Tech faculty consortium on Creativity, Cognition & Computation.
Ashok conducts research into human-centered computing, artificial intelligence and cognitive science, with a focus on computational design and creativity. The goals of his research are to model human creativity in practical tasks such as conceptual modeling and design of complex systems and to develop interactive tools for aiding people in creative tasks. His research posits analogical thinking, systems thinking, visual thinking, and meta-thinking as fundamental processes of design and creativity. His current projects explore analogical
reasoning in biologically inspired engineering design, visual reasoning on intelligence tests, and meta-reasoning in self-adaptive game-playing agents.
Another project focuses on learning about ecological systems in
middle school science and about biological systems in interdisciplinary education in biologically inspired design.
A recent TEDx talk describes some of Ashok's research
on the use of artificial intelligence to support biologically inspired design and environment sustainability. Here is a radio interview following the TEDx talk, and here is another, shorter video on artificial intelligence and biologically inspired design. An interactive tool for supporting biologically inspired design called DANE (Design by Analogy to Nature Engine) is available for non-commercial use on the World Wide Web.
Each fall term, Ashok typically teaches the undergraduate course CS 4635 and the graduate course CS 7637 on Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence. In the spring term of alternative years, he teaches the interdisciplinary graduate course CS 6795
Cognitive Science, and CS 4610/CS 7615 on Modeling and Design that covers computational design, modeling and creativity. In Spring 2013, he will co-teach a new interdisciplinary course for Georgia Tech freshmen on Inventing.
Ashok was Chair of the 8th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition held at Atlanta's High Museum of Art in November 2011, a Vice-Chair of the Fifth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition held in June 2012, and a Co-Chair of the NSF Workshop on Bioinspired Design held with DCC 2012. Ashok is a member of the organizing committee of the
First International Conference on Cognitive Systems to be held in California in December 2012, and a member of program committees of several conferences, workshops and symposia in 2012, including the Thirty Fourth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2011).
In 2012, he gave invited talks to
the NSF Workshop on Design Knowledge Modeling, and the Sixth Biomimicry Education Summit.
Ashok is an Associate Editor of
IEEE Intelligent Systems, ASME Transactions: Journal of Computing and
Information Science in Engineering (JCISE),
Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), the new journal Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (Elsevier), and the new online journal Advances in Cognitive Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of
AAAI's AI Magazine,
Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI),
Advanced Engineering Informatics (AEI), and the new journal Design Creativity and Innovation (Taylor & Francis).
Along with Robert Stone and Daniel McAdams, Ashok is presently coediting a volume on "Biologically Inspired Design: Computational Methods and Tools" that will be published by Springer later this year.
Ashok serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
and the Advisory Board of the Bioinspired! digital magazine. He is a life member of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a member of ACM, IEEE, ASME, the Cognitive Science Society and the Design Society SIG on Design Creativity.
Ashok K. Goel
School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Technology Square Research Building, 85 Fifth Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA
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11/03/11-11/06/11 - Chair, ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C-2011)
05/20/12-05/21/12 - Invited Talk, NSF Workshop on Design Knowledge Modeling
06/04/12-06-09-12 - DCC 2012, Texas A&M, Texas,
Co-Chair NSF Workshop on BioInspired Design, and
Co-Chair DCC Workshop on Functional Descriptions in Engineering
06/21/12-06/25/12 - Invited Talk, Biomimicry Education Summit, Portland, Oregon
10/08/12-10/11/12 - NSF I*Corps Workshop, U. Michigan
11/28/12-11/30/12 - NSF I*Corps Workshop, U. Michigan
12/05/12-12/9/12 - Conference on Cognitive Systems, Mountain View, California
Ashok has two sons: Kunal (16 years old), a junior in the Dekalb County Magnet Program
for High Achievers at Chamblee Charter High School and a member of the school's Tennis Team and Jazz Band; and Gautam (19), who graduated
from the Magnet Program for
High Achievers at the Chamblee Charter High School in 2011, and is now a sophomore in the Honors Program at
Georgia Tech majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science.
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