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Workshop on Biological Collections as a Resource for Technical Innovation  - May 9-10,2016 - Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC
Workshop on Biological Collections as a Resource for Technical Innovation  - May 9-10,2016 - Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC

Welcome

Welcome to the NSF-sponsored Workshop on Biological Collections as a Resource for Technical Innovation to be hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC on May 10th, 2016.

The world's biodiversity is the outcome of a biological evolution, a process that shares many similarities with engineering optimization but has been operating on a vastly larger scale in terms of time, space, as well as the number of different species and individuals involved than any engineering endeavor can ever hope to achieve. As archives of the world's biodiversity, natural history collections have the potential to become a natural resource for engineering innovation – it if was possible to "mine" them for evolutionarily accumulated knowledge of functional principles that are relevant to engineering.

The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary team of participants to work out a set of strategies how engineers, biodiversity and collection scientists could collaborate to make the systematic mining of engineering knowledge from biodiversity archived in natural history museums a reality.

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