The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) seeks to train a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who are capable of facing our growing need for a more sustainable and optimised construction ecosystem. The Master is focused on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems.

Through a mixture of seminars, workshops, and studio projects, the master programme challenges the traditional processes in the Construction Sector. It investigates how advances in robotics and digital fabrication tools change the way we build and develop processes and design tools for such new production methods.


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Robot of Babel

नमस्ते – مرحبًا – OLÁ – HOLÁ AIM Our aim is to make Human Robot Collaboration accessible to a variety of users via different languages by developing  a speech to toolpath interface. RELEVANCE METHOD Workflow As the participant enters the room, they are greeted by a robot with a friendly waving motion. The participant can … Read more

#Being_Humane

What if you can control your Cobot with only hand gestures and you can work effortlessly? That’s what we came up with this experiment of using Multi agent systems to control the engagement of a collaborative robot (ur10e).Our workshop highlights an innovative approach to controlling cobots using hand gestures. This method aims to facilitate effortless … Read more

BLABBER BOT

 Building Together, One Word at a Time AIM The aim of this project is to enhance human-robot collaboration through the development of a user-friendly system that creates an inclusive environment. Text-to-speech (TTS) and speech-to-text (STT) systems enable humans and robots to communicate in anintuitive and engaging way. Relevance One major issue was that the human … Read more

Hey Jarvis, let’s Collaborate!

This project explores a framework for Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) and behavioural fabrication, focusing on constructing a Jenga-like tower using small timber blocks. Using the Agent-Based Modeling system (ABxM) from the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), a communication network was established integrating a human participant, a computer vision system, and an interactive audio interface. … Read more

ReWeave_3.0_Gamified

Abstract The escalating challenge of managing construction and demolition waste necessitates innovative approaches to enhance sustainability in the construction industry. This research proposes an automated robotic workflow leveraging Multi Agent Systems (MAS) and computer vision to repurpose planar construction waste materials, such as tiles, into new construction elements like bricks or walls. The primary objective … Read more

Agent-based Manufacturing System

Industry Setup Relevance:  ABMS could be a twist on traditional manufacturing by using software agents to control different parts of the process. Imagine a factory where machines, workstations, and even software programs aren’t just following instructions but can somewhat act and decide independently. This helps in faster problem-solving mechanisms and could help reduce human intervention … Read more

Glazing Smart Factory

Our course aims to explore the complexities of automated collaborative multi-agent systems across various environments. To achieve this, our focus lies on implementing a solution for our studio project: robotic glazing. Our objective is to address a hypothetical scenario wherein we aim to upscale the glazing process while retaining the adaptability necessary for mass customization. … Read more

Jasper’s Diner

A virtual reality (VR) experience, Jasper’s Diner immerses users in a lively and unpredictable diner environment, where every interaction impacts the world around them. Our everyday choices, specifically food consumption, have significant environmental consequences. The purpose of our VR experience is to show users in a funny and ridiculous way how meat consumption contributes to … Read more

Shape it, feel it

Working in 3D CAD environments can be restrictive. While most CAD software provides tools for creating shapes and generating ideas, they often rely on a mouse and keyboard, or are very expensive. “Shape it, Feel it” investigates opportunities to generate shapes using a computer’s webcam and hand gestures. We utilize cheap and readily available hardware … Read more

CRUSHING NEWS

#Feelit context Aim: Experiencing the news in a different way , To make you feel by making you experience the news with physical sensations and enhanced visual effects. it’s a comment on human desensitization.  POTENTIAL APPLICATION AND USERS OVERALL WORKFLOW Software UNREAL ENGINE Unreal was used to create the environment of the AR experience , … Read more

Peacock Immersive Experience

Concept Most of Virtual Experiences are designed and model for humans and by humans. In this scenario believe the overall concept is that the game platform is seen from the perspective of an animal. References Aim “Our goal is to offer humans a unique experience through the eyes of a peacock. This game platform immerses … Read more

Balloon Carnival

Create a personalized robot game where users can freely choose how they interact and the game mode. Methodology Workflow A path towards robotic gaming Game Rules How this game works 01 Training Mode Similar to the single-player mode, in this mode you can train your skills so that you can perform better in the next … Read more

Wired Warriors

Aim “Create a range of robotic mini-games showcasing dexterity and quick reflexes, ideal for casual enjoyment.“ For this one week workshop, we drew inspiration from various games such as infinite passes, penalty shootouts, and boxing, aiming to adapt them for robotic play. Initially leaning towards infinite passes (football), we ultimately found boxing more compatible with … Read more

DANCING QUEENS

Due to limitation regarding the file size and quality, these performances are muted, lower quality and sped up to be under the limited file capacity. Dancing Queen(s) is an endeavor featuring a pair of robots performing synchronized dance moves. These choreographed movements mirror those of a trainer, who leads, and a follower, who emulates the … Read more

Kino

At the workshop led by Madeline Gannon, we had the chance to delve into robotic movement, prioritizing creative freedom over conventional targets like accuracy and repeatability. The workshop was designed as a breeding ground for creativity, facilitated by software components that allowed exploration without the constraints of a kinematic solver. Given the project’s one-week duration … Read more

Strings of life

This project was part of a 1 week workshop at IAAC, utilizing the institute’s two ABB IRB6700 industrial robots. The workshop incorporated Dr. Gannon’s sophisticated simulation tools, which provide safe, real-time control of industrial robots. Under the guidance of Madeline showing us how to sketch with robots we were able to work within a flexible … Read more

Machine Learning to predict no. of seating spaces

Aim: To predict the number of seating spaces based on various types of seating layout, number of corridors and dimensions of generative enclosed rectangular spaces such as an auditorium. Data Structure: Prediction Comparison between normal (linear) regression and XGB regression Prediction Comparison between Kernel Ridge regression and XGB regression Conclusion:

EMBODIED CARBON CALCULATOR

To create a embodied carbon calculator that utilizes design and raw sawn timber cuts as inputs to inform design and manufacture processes Raw-Sawn-Timber and Wood Industry Petras VESTARTAS Design-to-Fabrication Workflow for Raw-Sawn-Timber using Joinery Solver Wood waste is often disregarded in the wood industry and the construction industry. Majority of wood used in construction is … Read more

Timber outlook

The project’s objective was to create a machine-learning model capable of classifying repurposed timber components within an assembly process as either structural or non-structural, using factors such as defect quantity, age, and exposure to weather conditions as input. Dataset Generation and Analysis The dataset was produced using Roboflow by utilizing scans of the timber elements … Read more

Predicting Ceramic Underglaze Colors

Our aim is to develop a machine learning model that accurately predicts the color outcome of ceramic underglazes based on their ingredient compositions and firing conditions. In the world of ceramic art, the process of underglazing involves applying colors to pottery which are then sealed under a transparent glaze before firing. However, predicting the final … Read more

Glazing Virtuoso

Our project represents the intersection of traditional ceramic craftsmanship and the precision of modern robotics, aiming to innovate within the field of ceramic glazing. The Essence of Ceramics and Glazing Ceramics, an integral part of human civilization, find their essence in the art of glazing. This process transforms simple clay objects into functional and decorative … Read more

Timber Narratives

Leveraging Computer Vision for Sustainable Design with dimensional waste timber Building upon the established design principles of disassembly explored in the prior semester, Timber Narratives this semester investigated the potential of computer vision and image analytics to further optimize material conditioning and manufacturing processes for dimensional waste timber. This iterative approach aimed to integrate data-driven … Read more

ReWeave 2.0

The Context Aim State Of The Art The Workflow System Architecture Robotic Cell Scanning – Robotic cell Scanning Nesting – Initial Experiments Nesting Custom logic Iteration A Nesting Custom logic Iteration B Binder – Geopolymer with alkaline activators –  Sodium silicate Binder – Geopolymer with alkaline activators –  Sodium silicate and Sodium hydroxide Binder – … Read more