Consilience of Knowledge and Evolutionary Biomimetics

Jae C. Choe
Jae C. Choe
Division of EcoScience, Ewha University, Korea
December 6, 2012, 11:50 ~ 12:30

Abstract :

Biomimetics is a discipline created by the consilience between biology and engineering. The ideas in nature have an inherent advantage over the ideas we squeeze out of our brains, because the former has already gone through a severe probation period of natural selection over millions of years. Nonetheless, I would argue that blind copying of nature’s ideas is not prudent, as natural selection produces not perfect but optimal states. In this short presentation I will try to make a plea for Evolutionary Biomimetics or Darwinian Engineering.


Research Area :

Evolutionary biology


Honors and Awards :

  • National Decoration of Science and Technology, Korea, 2004
  • The 1st Korea Science Culture Award, 2000
  • John Henry Comstock Award, Entomological Society of America, 1989


Professional Career(highlight) :

  • 1990: Ph.D. Harvard University
  • 1992-1994: Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan
  • 1994-2005: Professor at Seoul National University
  • 2006–Present: Distinguished Professor at Ewha Womans University
  • Director of Primate Research Institute for Cognition and Ecology (PRINCE)