Social insects inspire human design

C. Tate Holbrook, Rebecca M. Clark, Dani Moore, Rick P. Overson, Clint Penick, Adrian A. Smith

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The international conference 'Social Biomimicry: Insect Societies and Human Design', hosted by Arizona State University, USA, 18-20 February 2010, explored how the collective behaviour and nest architecture of social insects can inspire innovative and effective solutions to human design challenges. It brought together biologists, designers, engineers, computer scientists, architects and businesspeople, with the dual aims of enriching biology and advancing biomimetic design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-433
Number of pages3
JournalBiology letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 23 2010


  • Biomimetics
  • Biomimicry
  • Nest architecture
  • Social insects
  • Swarm intelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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