Using Biology to Inspire Engineering Design

This talk contrasts the positive and negative ways that biomimetics can be applied to creating new things. James will explain the importance of combining knowledge in both the biological sciences and in engineering in the development of future technology.  Legged robots, wind turbines, aircraft and bullet trains will be among the examples highlighted.


James Andrew Smith

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University

James Andrew Smith is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University. His research combines robotics with biomedical engineering and has active projects in legged locomotion, actuator technology and obstetrics.   He received degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1998 and 2001. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, where he developed galloping robots.  From 2006 to 2008 he conducted sports science research at the University of Jena in Jena, Germany.  He is the recipient or co-recipient of four IEEE Real World Engineering Projects awards from 2007 to 2010.