Ashok Goel

Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science

Ashok K. Goel is a Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is Director of the School's Ph.D. Program in Human-Centered Computing, Coordinator of the faculty consortium on Creativity, Learning & Cognition, and Co-Coordinator of the faculty consortium on Interactive Intelligence. He is Director of the School's Design & Intelligence Laboratory and a Co-Director of Georgia Tech's Center for Biologically Inspired Design. He is affiliated with the GVU Center, the Institute for People and Technology, the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, the Center for 21st Century Universities, and the Health Systems Institute.

Ashok conducts research into human-centered computing, artificial intelligence and cognitive science, with a focus on computational design, discovery, and creativity. The goals of his research are to understand human creativity in conceptual design of complex systems as well as scientific problem solving, to develop interactive tools for aiding people in such creative tasks, and to invent computational systems that are themselves creative. His research explores analogical thinking, systems thinking, visual thinking, and meta-thinking as fundamental processes of design, discovery and creativity. His current projects investigate analogical thinking and systems thinking in biologically inspired engineering design, visual thinking on intelligence tests, and meta-thinking in game-playing agents. Related project focuse on systems thinking and meta-thinking in learning about ecological systems, and analogical thinking and systems thinking in learning about biologically inspired design.

Ashok typically teaches the CS 4635/CS 7637 course on Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence in the fall term of each year. In the spring term, he alternates between the CS 4610/CS 7615 course on Computational Creativity, the interdisciplinary graduate course CS 6795 on Cognitive Science, and the new interdisciplinary undergraduate GT 2803 course on Inventing. He is presently developing a MOOC for the KBAI course.

Ashok is a member of the Organizing Committee of the conference series on Advances on Cognitive Systems, and the Steering Committee of the conference series on Theory and Application of Diagrams. In 2013, we was a member of program committees of several conferences, workshops and symposia, including the Sixteenth International Conference on AI in Education (AIED 2013) in Memphis, Tennessee, the Thirty Fifth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013) in Berlin, Germany, and the Nineteenth International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2013) in Seoul, Korea. In 2013, he gave a keynote address to the Twenty First International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning in Saratoga Springs, New York, was a panelist at the Biomimicry 3.8 Seventh Education Summit and Global Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and the San Diego Zoo's Conference on Bioinspiration, and gave invited talks at the Dept. of Cognitive Science at University of California at San Diego and the College of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Ashok is an Associate Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, and Advances in Cognitive Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of AAAI's AI Magazine, Advanced Engineering Informatics (AEI), and Design Creativity and Innovation. He is presently co-editing a special issue of ASME Journal of Mechanical Design on Biologically Inspired Design, and a special issue of AIEDAM on Analogical Thinking.

Ashok serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, and is a member of BID Community Think Tank that publishes the Bioinspired! digital magazine. He is a life member of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a member of ACM, IEEE, ASME, the Cognitive Science Society and the Design Society SIG on Design Creativity.

Ashok recently co-edited a volume on computational methods and tools for biologically inspired design. In 2011, his Design & Intelligence research laboratory developed an interactive tool on the web for supporting biologically inspired design; Here is a short video describing the DANE interactive tool. Ashok’s TEDx talk in 2012 summarizes some of his research on AI for biologically inspired design and computational sustainability.