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With participant support provided by the National Science Foundation (IIS 1106480)
AI has provided computational approaches to design processes and the representation of design knowledge. Design of materials, products, buildings and other artifacts have long been a focus of artificial intelligence research and application. Artificial intelligence representations and reasoning models have been influenced and inspired by design cognition resulting in AI methods as the basis for computer-aided design and decision support in many contexts. ‘Design for X’ has become a way of changing design thinking so that downstream concerns are considered early in the design process.
Imperatives for environmental and societal sustainability are challenging designers to think beyond Design for X and more broadly to consider factors that had been previously given little attention. Life cycle costs should be considered along many dimensions, including energy requirements during manufacture and use phases, and material loss and environmental damage at the end of a product’s life. In fact, a long-term vision for the field of AI and sustainable design is cradle-to-cradle design, so that products are not designed to be thrown away or recycled in very limited ways, but products are designed and built that enables full reuse, with nothing thrown out and nothing degraded.
Our presumption is that the increased complexity of design necessitated by a desire for very long-term planet sustainability requires application of and advances in artificial intelligence. AI and design is established already, with conferences and journals. The purpose of this symposium is to focus on the challenges of sustainable design and the role that AI plays in achieving sustainability.
Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering University of California at Berkeley, Distributed AI and Sustainable Design: Smart Products for the Smart Grid
Kirstin Gail, Product Manager, Autodesk, Sustainable Laptop Design
Paper topics include, but are not limited to:
This Symposium intends to support virtual participation for a limited number of participants using internet-based virtual technology. Please inform the co-chairs by email as early as possible if you would like to be considered for virtual participation. Go here for details.
David Brown, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Submissions can be position statements, work in progress, or completed work. The length of submissions is 6-8 pages in AAAI format as specified on their web site. Acceptance to prepare a submission will be based on the review of an extended abstract up to 1000 words.
To encourage graduate student participation, we also invite advanced PhD students to submit thesis position papers.
October 8 Abstracts due (submit at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aisd11)
For general information regarding the AAAI Spring Symposium Series please see http://www.aaai.org/Symposia/Spring/spring-symposia.php.