Can small scale robots navigate autonomously and collaboratively, on a mountainous landscape, change the position of sources of matter to a target crater and determine when the task is completed?
We will teach a self-organizing swarm of small construction robots which follow local rules to build an emergent structure.
Background & Research methods
The research explores a prototype for a 3D printing system to locate and sinter Martian soil, as previously envisioned by Foster + Partners.
We will build on the highly popular Makeblock a robot system which can autonomously navigate and manipulate virtual soil from sources of matter to a target crater.
Throughout the eight days we will try to capture the development of the behavioural rules and the cumulative construction.
Our team is part of the multidisciplinary Specialist Modelling Group within Foster + Partners. We come from diverse backgrounds with architecture and computation being the common ground where our interests meet.
Josef MusilWorkshop Expert
Josef is part of the research group SMG within Foster + Partners in London and focuses on applied research, application of new technologies and algorithmic design.
Jan DierckxWorkshop Expert
Jan is part of the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners where he combines an internal consultant role with research in large-scale manufacturing and the integration of robotics and automation in the office.
Xiaoming YangWorkshop Expert
Xiaoming Yang is an environmental designer focused on daylighting and lighting design. He studied in National University of Singapore as an electrical engineer and now works at Foster + Partners.
Miriam Dall'ignaWorkshop Expert
Miriam works as associate Design Systems Analyst at the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners and Computational Design Tutor at the University of Westminster.
Octavian GheorghiuWorkshop Expert
Octavian graduated from the AADRL and now works as a design systems analyst at Foster + Partners within the Specialist Modelling Group. He is a visiting lecturer at The Bartlett UCL.
Sam WilkinsonWorkshop Expert
Sam works at Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group. His interests are in computational intelligence, additive construction, and the future.
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