Rob|Arch 2014 Conference

The creative industry is meeting in Michigan for Rob|Arch 2014 to exchange groundbreaking ideas how robots will continue to influence architecture, art, and design. One of the headliners isBot & Dolly, a creative robotic studio recently acquired by Google that used KUKA-robotic arms to realize Alfonso Cuarón’s vision of weightlessness for the Oscar award-winning movieGravity. Rather than just giving a presentation, Bot & Dolly will hostone of eight hands-on robot-workshopsthat will give makers, creators, professionals, and researchers the chance to work with high-end robotic arms.


Test-drive different brands of robotic arms, talk with the crew of Bot and Dolly about what happens behind the scenes of feature-films, or witness as a special surprise the first building entirely produced by robots at Rob|Arch 2014. Enjoy with us the presentation of the workshop results in the gallery space, video submissions from around the world, and the specially created ABSOLUT Robots in Architecture Cocktail!

Rob|Arch 2014 – Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design
will be held from 14.-19.05.2014 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Conference Chair: Wes McGee and Monica Ponce de Leon.
Tickets for conference only and workshop+conference are still available
HERE, but selling quickly.

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Rob|Arch 2014 Conference 

Conference to Exhibit Cutting-Edge International Research into Design Robotics

Ann Arbor, MI – The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan will host the Rob|Arch 2014 conference, May 14-18, 2014. Focusing on the theme of intellectual collaboration, the conference will bring together an international cohort of artists, designers, fabricators, and industry leaders for the purpose of advancing the discourse surrounding experimental robotic fabrication in their respective fields.

The Rob|Arch conference series was initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture as an opportunity to link the automation industry with cutting-edge research institutions exploring the use of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design. In 2012 the conference was hosted by its founders in Vienna, Austria, and the 2014 conference will mark the first time the event travels to North America. The University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is a leading research center for architectural applications of robotics, and is located in Ann Arbor, MI less than an hour outside of Detroit, the origin of industrial robotics in North America.

Workshops & Conference

Following the success of Rob|Arch 2012, the conference will again include a series of workshops aimed at exposing the advanced capabilities of applied robotic research. Held simultaneously at the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Princeton University from May 14 – 16, the workshops are an essential component to this year’s conference. While enrollment for the workshops is limited, individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to register as no previous robotics experience is required to participate.

This year’s workshops cover a wide range of experimental robotic fabrication processes using advanced industrial robot workcells located at the host universities. Four simultaneous workshops will be hosted at the University of Michigan, led by teams from the Institute for Computational Design at University of Stuttgart, University of Technology Sydney, the Institute for Advanced Architecture Catalunya, the University of Michigan, and the cinematic robotics company Bot&Dolly. Three additional workshops will be hosted at Carnegie Mellon University’s dFab Lab by teams from the University of Innsbruck, Harvard GSD, TU Graz, and Carnegie Mellon University. And last, but not least, Princeton University will lead a workshop using their newly installed industrial robotics workcell in Princeton, NJ.

Directly following the workshops, the conference will take place from May 17 – 18 at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Four sessions over two days will highlight cutting-edge research into robotic fabrication currently taking place around the world, with presentations by industry leaders, academic researchers, and commercial end users. The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide. We are also excited to announce our keynote speakers for the conference: Kendra Byrne (Bot&Dolly), Stu Shepherd (KUKA Robotics), Matthias Kohler (ETH Zurich), and Daniel Piker (Kangaroo).

Sponsors

KUKA Robotics is the main conference sponsor, with ABB Robotics kindly supporting as the main workshop sponsor. Additional workshop support is provided by Staubli Robotics and Schunk Intec GmbH.

Absolut, known as a promoter of both high-technology as well as culture and creativity, supports Rob|Arch 2014 as conference partner with Red Bull joining as media partner. Further media partners include Springer Wien/New York,Robotics.org,A3Automate.org, and McNeel. The workshops would not be possible without the support of our partner institutions: Carnegie Mellon University’s dFab Lab, Princeton University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, University of Stuttgart Institute for Computational Design, University of Innsbruck RexLab, the Institute for Advanced Architecture Catalunya, TU Graz, and Virginia Tech’s CRAFTs Lab.

Awards

The KUKA Young Potential Award was founded to support young researchers in the field of robotics in architecture, art, and design. 2500USD will be awarded to the best scientific paper at Rob|Arch 2014 by a researcher of 35 years or less. Through three grants with a volume of 1000USD each, the ABB Mobility Grant supports the travel and accommodation costs of individuals who are highly engaged in robotic applications in the creative industry.

For further details and a full schedule of the event, please visitwww.robarch2014.org.

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