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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New Field of ISO Activity on Biomimetics

The Deutsches Institut fur Normung (DIN), the German national standards body, has submitted a proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a new field of technical activity on biomimetics. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by Friday, July 15, 2011.

Also known as "bionics" or "biomimicry," biomimetics is the science of applying designs from nature to man-made systems and technology. According to the proposal, bio-inspired materials and design are gaining interest in many fields, including aerospace technology, building and civil engineering, medical technology, and sports equipment.

Taking into consideration the most recent research and development projects, the proposed ISO activity would address biomimetic methods and approaches, with three working groups covering concept and strategy, structures and materials, and bionic optimization and information processing. According to DIN, the proposed standardization activities will help to make interdisciplinary work possible by establishing a common language of definitions and terms.

All comments on the proposal should be sent to Steven P. Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy ([email protected]). Feedback received by the July 15 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comments, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for formal approval.

Click here to read the DIN proposal.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.


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