The Consortium hosts an ongoing guest lecture series. Past guests include leaders in engineering, robotics, design, and art.

Ryan Luke Johns – New Work Interfaces

Ryan Luke Johns is a visiting lecturer at the Princeton University School of Architecture, adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University GSAPP and co-founding principal of GREYSHED, a design-research collaborative focused on advanced workflows and robotics within architecture, art, and industrial design. Recent GREYSHED projects explore alternative trajectories for collaborative robotics and augmented design and manufacturing.

Recent projects by GREYSHED explore nonlinear design workflows which leverage interactive technologies, sensory feedback, and robotic fabrication tools to reduce the divide between design conception and materialization. GREYSHED projects have been published, presented and exhibited internationally.

Erik Martinez – Tailored Structures – Robotic Sewing for Wood

Erik Martínez AIA (b. Mexico City, 1986) is a registered architect in New York State. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in 2010 and an MSc in Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research from the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart in 2016.

He’s worked in North America and Europe in the offices of TEN Arquitectos in New York, where he was involved in design and construction of several public projects in the city, and at HaasCookZemmrich Studio 2050 where he has lead winning competitions and projects in Germany.

His work has been exhibited at the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz, Austria and widely featured online. His project Tailored Structures will be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition Academic Platforms of Experimental Architecture at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague.

Lauren Vasey: Potentials of Cyber-physical Systems in Robotic Fabrication and Construction

Lauren Vasey is a Research Associate and a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at The University of Stuttgart, Germany. Previously, she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, cum laude, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan where she was the recipient of several merit scholarships and graduated with distinction. She has previously developed robotic fabrication research at the University of Michigan Taubman College FABLab as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication. She has led robotic fabrication workshops at RobArch and at ACADI 2016, and has lectured at venues including ACM Siggraph and the European Space Agency. Her work and research has been published in Wired, DesignBoom, ArchDaily, Architectural Design, among many others.

Within the ITECH master’s program at the ICD and ITKE, Lauren teaches computation and robotics seminars, master thesis, and design studios. Her research and projects, including the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2014/2015, focus on behavioral and adaptive robotic fabrication: considering in particular how sensor feedback, iterative computation, and robotic behaviors enable new types of production and challenge typical conventions.

Research in robotic fabrication is poised to transform prototypical production processes and construction systems in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. In fabrication research, the shift from the utilization of robots engineered for specific tasks towards the use of generic six-axis industrial robots has enabled the development of customizable fabrication processes and robotic control protocols. Further enhancement of robotic manufacturing methods with digital mechanisms, including cyber-physical systems, cloud-computing, the internet-of-things, and self-monitoring, widely considered the next industrial revolution, or “industry 4.0,” enables entirely new possibilities for fabrication. Rather than executing predefined control code, robots can be pre-programmed with behaviors to sense, analyze, and act upon their environment in order to execute production and assembly tasks. Cyber-physical fabrication thus challenges many existing protocols in production chains: for example, static and notational systems of design representation, such as plans and blue prints, as well as linear production workflows which separate and compartmentalize the stages of design and production.

These themes will be discussed in the context of research at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), including the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2014/2015, a demonstrator in which a robot incrementally laid fibers on a fluctuating membrane until it slowly transitioned to a fiber composite shell. In this case, force feedback, online robotic control, and behavioral design strategies will be discussed which enabled the robot to negotiate and fabricate a highly variable and differentiated material system. In addition, The Hive Pavilion, an ICD collaboration with Autodesk, demonstrated that iterative communication, system monitoring, and instructions delivered via wearable devices could enable an interactive and collaborative building process between people and robots. Collectively, these examples and others will illustrate that coordination and communication between robots, sensors, and devices, can more significantly enhance the integration of computational control into characteristic processes of production.

Catherine Houska

The Consortium for Research & Robotics was very pleased to welcome Catherine Houska in September 2015. Houska spoke to Consortium Members, as well as graduate and undergraduate architecture students about the applications of stainless steel to architectural to architectural and design environments, with a focus on sustainability.

Catherine Houska is a leading USA based international expert on the use of stainless steel in architecture. An architectural consultant for the Nickel Institute, the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) and Speciality Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), she has assisted designers in selecting the right stainless steel grades and finishes for high profile projects around the world.

A metallurgist by training, she is regularly sought out by architects, owners, contractors and fabricators for her expertise in evaluating site corrosiveness, specifications and fabrication techniques on new and problematic projects

This lecture was sponsored by:

The Steel Institute of New York
The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York

Andy Robot

Andy Robot is the patent award winning pop entertainment robotic designer who has designed robotics systems for major entertainment industry systems for over a decade. He is the creator of Robotic Arts consulting Services, which provides creative and technical consulting services to clients developing advanced robotic systems across the globe.

Andy’s specially developed robot animation software is a plugin for Maya (Autodesk) which provides complete animation-based programming for KUKA robots. Robot Animator makes it very simple to bring robotics to life through the generation of robotic code through a simple and intuitive process that requires little background software training. Robot Animator applies additional speed and acceleration correction as you animate and also supports a variety of frame rates that assist in compatibility with camera systems, computer graphic pipelines, and 3D projection mapping. This software requires no coding and is ready to load and run on several brands of industrial robot.The authentic excellence of Robot Animator is the choice of entertainment leaders around the world with proven results across land and sea since 2005.

Robot Animator is the choice of Royal Caribbean International to create the first robotic entertainment on a deep-ocean vessel for its smart ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. It was also used on the Bon Jovi World Concert Tour in 2009 to create the groundbreaking RoboScreen stage designed by TAIT TOWERS and was featured on the software box of Autodesk and Autocad in 2012. In addition to that, Robot Animator was used to program the infamous mau5bots for EDM Icon Pop Star deadmau5 and by Nihon Stage Tokyo to program the robotic mega shows across Japan for Pop Idols KIS-MY-FT2 in 2013.

Superior integrity and spectacular innovation are built into each and every robotics production enabled by Robot Animator and owing to this Robot Animator has remained the choice of entertainment leaders across the globe for over a decade.