AI and Biomimicry: Emulating Nature’s Patterns to Achieve Sustainable Solutions

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IoT Slam Live 2017  Session Abstract:

Exploring the correlation between the evolved, well-adapted structures found in nature and applying them to emerging technologies strengthens the discipline. After observing nature and its natural ability to sustain life through photosynthesis, humans have learned how to borrow and apply this natural phenomenon to innovative technologies found today. One of the main concepts adopted from nature is the the ability to harness solar energy enabling the latest machinery and gadgets to function without electricity. We have already entered the machine age and robotics is one of the fastest emerging industries, however what is equally important is how robotics and industrial design can seamlessly create products that interact in a more effective way with humans. Only today is industrial design seriously looking at robotics and changing the landscape of how we perceive machines.


Armen Sevada Gharabegian
CEO and Founder at ShadeCraft

Armen Sevada Gharabegian is the CEO and founder of the Los Angeles-based robotics company, ShadeCraft, founded in 2013. ShadeCraft’s mission is to combine solar energy, robotic automation and artificial intelligence integration to change the way people live outdoors.

A CEO for over 18 years, Gharabegian founded his first company, Ethos Design, in 1998. He has been involved in hundreds of projects worldwide, creating marketing solutions through exhibits and events for clients including Mercedes, Chrysler, Patek-Phillipe, Ubisoft and many others. Ethos Design also completed many industrial designs and environmental projects. In 2003, Gharabegian created Lounge22, a company focused on high end furnishing solutions for both exhibits and events. Lounge22 became a retail brand in 2009, providing both B-to-B and B-to-C opportunities.

Gharabegian also created a series of signature furniture pieces as well as a multitude of environments that have been acknowledged for their design and execution. He has spoken at many industry events on subjects from green design to creative thinking.

Gharabegian received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in industrial design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He was also a faculty member there for several years, teaching courses in exhibits and industrial design. Gharabegian is also a sci-fi author of the book “Protocol 7,” which was originally published in 2007.

Session Tags

End-User, Enterprise, Small / Medium Enterprise

IoT, Robotics, Innovation, Industrial Design, Design

CxO, VP / Director, Middle Management, Technical, Business Line Management, Operations

Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner

Consumer, Automotive

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