Construction Robotics Workshop @ European Robotics Forum
Over the last decade robotics has captured the minds of engineers, investors, and developers. With our society facing a manifold of challenges through demographic changes, growing health care costs, massive overruns in construction projects and concerns regarding build quality robotics has become the key to the future of our built environment.
As industrial robots became accessible intuitive tools for the creative industry also architects have begun returning to their technophile routes. Now the ongoing technical advances are putting large scale and on-site construction robotics and robotic facility management of the built environment and infrastructure even space colonization in our reach.
The young euRobotics topic group for Construction Robotics is organising this workshop as a panel discussion to give interested stakeholders an overview of the state of the art and create insights into the needs and next, critical steps for this new domain.
Six panelists from various backgrounds ranging from politics, end-users, education and research will discuss the hotspots within the construction sector that are most relevant for potential robotic solutions, to identify the main obstacles (technological, legal) and required consolidations/adaptation/specialisation/combination in the relevant technologies and for this new domain. The panel discussion will merge into an open round table with the audience.
As the Construction Robotics Topic Group is engaged in the preparation of the European Robotics Roadmap, the outcome of the workshop will provide further input for the roadmap.
Panelists in conversation with Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan Director for Individualized Production in Architecture RWTH Aachen University / President of the Association for Robots in Architecture and Prof. Andreas Müller Head of the Institute of Robotics Johannes Kepler University Linz/ Austria:
- Catherine Stihler MEP Labour MEP for Scotland
- Ronny Andersson Head Research and Innovation Cementa AB, Prof. Lund University and Chairman of the national Strategic Innovations Program Smart Built.se Cementa AB/ Sweden
- Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Müller Program Manager AEC, EMEA Autodesk Education Experiences (AEX)/ Germany
- Prof. Thomas Bock Chair for Building Realisation and Robotics Technische Universität München/ Germany
- Prof. Carlos Balaguer RoboticsLab Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/ Spain
- Prof. Marco Hutter Head of the Robotic Systems LAB at ETH Zurich and PI of NCCR Digital Fabrication (dfab), Switzerland
Participants are asked to prepare points on where they see 1) the need, 2) the obstacles, 3) the potential technological/legal/policy issues, and 4) short and medium term solutions for construction robotics
For the full programme and further information please visit the ERF homepage.
Opening of Creative Robotics at Ars Electronica
The exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center Linz will show industrial robots outside of their usual habitat. The exhibits explore how these robots can become tools for creative minds and unleash new approaches in art, design and architecture. Entry is free.
Digital Planning and Realisation in Steel Construction
Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan will be speaking on the potential for individualized production that intuitive software and adaptive robotics can unlock.
PhD-Position at Goldbeck
You can find the complete job description here.
We are hiring – Student Assistant for Film and Photo
You can find the full details here and we look forward to hearing from you!
Creative Robotics @ Ars Electronica
We are very happy to once again be part of this work at Ars Electronica and look forward to seeing you at the opening event on the 9th of Februrary. It begins at 18:30 and the entry is free!
A huge thank you to all our colleagues, students, friends and partners in crime. We look forward to next year with you.
We are hiring
You can find the complete German job description here and the Englisch description here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Digitizing the construction industry
The ongoing digitalization and increasing robotisation of architecture and civil engineering is increasing the fields intersection with topics from mechanical engineering and computer science. This interdisciplinary work and the major challenges that lie ahead for our built environment make this field an interesting and rewarding option for students deciding upon what to do with their lives.
Individualized Production @ Work 4.0 concluding conference
With our work we want to show that the construction site of the future requires connecting the digital with the physical world. Our exhibit has previously been part of Robodonien 2016 and the orientation week at RWTH Aachen University. The exhibit is supported by KUKA Robotics.
Our KMR iiwa will be demonstrating how a robot can perform assembly tasks using existing digital models while being adapted on site through human robot collaboration. If you would like to see this in action feel free to pop by during todays conference or take a look at the video from our workshop during orientation week.
The concluding conference for Work 4.0 is being live streamed.
Orientation Day 2016
During the afterparty the KMR iiwa performed the same assembly task by interacting with the students. Using knowledge from the digital model the robots execution can be guided and improved using haptic programming.
We had a lot of fun that day and would like to thank the student body for organising the day and all the students who took part. We wish you lots of success with your studies at RWTH Aachen University.
Nomination for the Faculty´s teaching Award.
aBIM – Build Seed Fund
Busy week for Individualized Production
Meanhile Sven Stumm was in Prague where we had been invited to Cafe Neu Romance, the worlds first international robot performance festival. Here he gave a lecture on our work on haptic programming and interactive learning which we use to bring human and robotic work closer together.
At the same time Elisa Lublasser was in Munich at the IAARC Academy on Advanced Construction and Building Technology for Society. Here she presented the research into facade deconstruction that we have been performing together with Prof. Thomas Bock from the Chair of Building Realisation and Robotics at TU Munich.
And lastly Daniel Haarhoff luckily did not have to travel far for the MTM and Robotics 2016 in Aachen. He presented the work we have been performing together with Prof. Dirk Abel of the Institute of Automatic Control in a paper titled Actuator design for stabilising single tendon platforms.
Showcasing new robot interfaces at Autodesk University Germany
On the second day Daniel Haarhoff from our chair and Johannes Braumann from Robots in Architecture held a session on the potential for robotic design and construction.
It was an interesting two days and great to watch the eyes of people light up when they see what can already be done with robots. Thank you to Autodesk for inviting us and to the event team for their fantastic support.
Field Trip to Aachen Cathedral
A big thank you to Dombaumeister Helmut Maintz for the fascinating tour.
the end: architecture @ Architekturzentrum Wien
Our projects DIANA – Dynamic Interactive robotic Assistant for Novel Applications and the recent master thesis kinetic weaving are being show-cased as part of the exhibition.
Kinetic Weaving Workshop @ ROBODONIEN 2016
We have developed an intelligent robotic assistant for the construction of the pavilion. With the support of KUKA we are holding a workshop at Robodonien where visitors can experience the haptic programming that allows for intuitive control of the robotic assistant. The robot will help with the creation of small, foldable elements that can then be freely assembled during the festival.
So come on by! The festival is in Odonien, Cologne from the 16th to 18th of September.
Showcase of Human Robot Interaction at ARS ELECTRONICA
Sigrid Brell-Cokcan @ Congress on Excellent Factory Planning
Factory Planning – next stepsFrom the 20th till 21st of September the WZLforum is hosting the Congress on Excellent Factory Planning in Aachen. The congress aims to change the future of factory planning by bringing together forward thinking individuals and companies from production, construction and architecture to solve the issues facing the factories of tomorrow.
Together with Prof. Thomas Bock of the TU Munich and Andreas Rieger of Goldbeck West GmbH Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan will be holding the session on Innovative Solutions for the Factory. We look forward to seeing you there.
Elisa Lublasser @ Utzon Summer School
Individualized Production for affordable Housing
One size rarely fits all and so robotics and automation needs to be taken as an opportunity for making individualized housing affordable. Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan will be presenting our work and the opportunities is creates on the second day of the conference.
Creative Robotics – Sigrid Brell-Cokcan @ European Forum Alpbach 2016
Robots as enablers for the creative industry and constructionThe programming of industrial robots is commonly monotonous, static and optimized for a clearly defined surrounding or task. Within the creative industry and construction, robotics needs to be able to adapt within dynamic and unstructured environments.
Our research at RWTH Aachen University and the Association for Robots in Architecture focusses on easy-to-use robotic interfaces with the goal of making robots accessible to novice users within the creative and construction industry. Using force torque sensors as well as human-robot collaboration in the form of “haptic programming” we work on creative and intuitive robot programming to handle inhomogeneous materials such as wood and high material tolerances, detect and adapt to differences between digital design and physical reality and to achieve a satisfactory quality in assembly tasks for construction and robotic fabrication within the creative industry.
In the near future we see robotics as enablers and intuitive design interfaces for creative minds, similar to the use of smartphones or laptops, to bridge the gap between digital designs and individualized physical production.
This friday Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan will be part of the Robotics Breakout Session at the European Forum Alpbach.
On-site robotic construction assistance – Sigrid Brell-Cokcan @ RAAD 2016
By using a-priori knowledge from the digital design together with haptic programming it becomes possible to rapidly adapt a design and its production processes to the specific constraints of a worksite. This offers a glance at what the construction site of the future might look like. We look forward to you and your questions at RAAD 2016.
Highlights from Rob|Arch 2016
Enjoy the video and see if you can spot us. We are already looking forward to Rob|Arch 2018 at ETH Zürich!
UTZON(X) Summer School
If you are interested in attending please visit the Utzon(x) Site for further information regarding registration.
Showcasing DIANA at Hannover Fair 2016
The sensitive joint torque sensors of the iiwa were put to full use in Hannover. Visitors could guide the robot arm to draw desired shapes which were then assembled autonomously from wooden rods. The robot not only selected and assembled the needed parts without any vision system, it also trimmed the parts to size using a circular saw. All of this can be seen in the above Team Spotlight produced by KUKA.
A big thank you to everybody involved in the DIANA project and everyone who visited us at the KUKA Innovation Award.
DIANA as the Posterchild for Industrie 4.0?
Arrival @ Hannover Fair 2016
In order to handle the complexity of unstructered environments and working with inhomogenous materials, we created a new interactive way of teaching industrial robots. Most industrial robots are not transportable or mobile enough for usage at the construction site. As part of the KUKA Innovation Award KUKA robotics gave us a LBR iiwa robot on a transportable FlexFellow platform as a free loan. With this system we are able to move the robot in a way that allows it to haptically feel assembly positions without additional sensor data.
CIRA proposes a new approach towards robot programming. Combining research results from the areas of learning by demonstration with skill and parameter based robot programming. We want to redefine the current teaching process. We demonstrate the capabilities of the approach within the assembly of building elements for the construction site of the future. From April 25th till April 29th you can visit us at Hannover Fair Hall 17 Booth G03
From 04-24-2016 till 04-29-2016 - Daily 9:00am to 6:00pm
RWTH Aachen University - Public Lecture
On 04-25-2016 at 4:15pm
Robotic Craft - Elisa Lublasser @ University of Wellington
Robotic Craft - Sigrid Brell-Cokcan @ 9th Expert Days
On 02-24-2016 - 01:30pm
Creative Robotics Exhibition @ Ars Electronica in Linz
Robotics is a major part of current production. Beyond classic automation processes however, completely novel applications are developed: Within the creative industry robots are not used for mass production, but for new and innovative process allowing for individualized production and fabrication. Simultaneously robotic institutes research novel areas of application that go beyond currently known machinery.
The chair of Individualized Production in Architecture of RWTH Aachen University is proud to support the exhibition.
On 02-03-2016 - 06:30pm
KUKA Innovation Award - DIANA
The programming of industrial robots is commonly static, however in order to enable the use of robotics in new fields involving novel applications, these programs need to adapt to their surroundings. Due to their high complexity and unstructured nature, construction sites can be seen as an ideal testing environment of the universal applicability of robots. Most industrial robots are not transportable or mobile enough for usage at the construction site. Due to fluctuations and the low degree of expertise within the workforce a number of people without a technical background need to be able to use, calibrate and re-program a robot for construction tasks.
CIRA proposes a new approach towards robot programming. Combining research results from the areas of learning by demonstration with skill and parameter based robot programming CIRA wants to redefine the current teaching process and create a Dynamic and Interactive robotic Assistant for Novel Applications (DIANA) and demonstrate the capabilities of the approach within the assembly of building elements for the construction site of the future.
With this project we take part in the KUKA Innovation Award and have been selected as a Finalist.
Rob|Arch 2016 in Sydney
WORKSHOPS: MARCH 15–17, 2016
CONFERENCE: MARCH 18–19, 2016
The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is being harnessed. ROB|ARCH2016 will provide hands-on experience with the most recent robotic technologies as well as a platform for dissemination and an opportunity for researchers and industry to exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and forge new connections.
Symposium 2nd Digital Dialogue - Sigrid Brell-Cokcan @ DIA
On 12-08-2015 - 09:30am
Utzon(x) Lecture - Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and Johannes Braumann - 2 December - 1 pm
12-02-2015 - 01:00pm
KUKA Innovation Award - Finalist
RWTH Aachen University - Public Lecture
RWTH Aachen University - ERS SEED FUND
Funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.
Robotic Woodcraft @ ACADIA 2015
From 10-19-2015 to 10-21-2015
Robotic Woodcraft @ eCAADe 2015
From 09-16-2015 to 09-18-2015
Single Point Incremental Forming @ Ars Electronica Festival 2015
Post City Kit Exhibition
From 09-03-2015 to 09-07-2015
Single Point Incremental Forming @ Tongji University
From 06-25-2015 to 07-04-2015