#2 – Instructive Human Robot Collaboration and Multi-Actor task sharing in timber prefabrication

Topic

Extend the knowledge and introduce novel approaches of human-robot collaboration and workflow management with several humans and machines in the prefabrication environment.
AR and HRC have gained importance in the AEC environment recently. AR has been used to extend human crafts skill set with the provision of instructions like workpiece location or the assembly sequence, enabling them to execute tasks reliably and without any printed-out plan. Special sensitive low-payload robots, so called cobots have been introduced to support HRC in collaborative assembly tasks.

Our research proposes a novel concept to integrate human craft and high payload automation technology (e.g. industrial robots) as collaborative actors and create a highly adaptive prefabrication setup, suitable for the demands of project-based building elements production in the AEC environment.
Two important aspects will be discussed. The use of Head mounted AR-Devices to extend the humans skills set, establishes the communication between all actors and coordinate the fabrication workflow on the one hand and the task distribution via a smart server, based on the individual skill set of all actors.
After a quick introduction of the concept, hardware and software, the participants will gain some hands-on experience in a case study, where they will using the devices to collaboratively fabricate a timber object, followed by a discussion between participants and instructors.

Please note:

All participants:

  • everybody is welcome
  • Notebooks should be brought by the WS participants.

Speakers


Dr. Felix Amtsberg

is a Postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction. After completing his apprenticeship as a joiner, he studied architecture at University of Kassel and received Master’s degree in 2010. He worked as a Scientific Assistant at the Institute for Structural Design (TU Graz) in Austria and earned his PhD in 2016. Between 2016 and 2019, Felix was working as a postdoctoral researcher at Singapore University of Technology and Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include novel digital fabrication methods of load carrying structures, made from naturally grown resources and sensory informed human-robot collaboration.

Xiliu Yang

Xiliu Yang is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction. She holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Hong Kong and a M.Sc.(Dist.) from the ITECH Master’s programme. Prior to joining ICD, she worked as a computational designer in Hong Kong and co-founded 3DNA, a venture-backed startup with a mission to empower optician expertise and craftsmanship in the eyewear industry. Her research interests lie in the intersection between automated, robotic fabrication and human, skill-driven processes, particularly new opportunities afforded by augmented reality and cyber-physical systems.


Prof. Dr. Michael Sedlmair

Prof. Dr. Michael Sedlmair is a professor at the University of Stuttgart and leads the research group for Visualization and Virtual/Augmented Reality there. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Munich, Germany, in 2010. Further stops included the Jacobs University Bremen, University of Vienna, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and the BMW Group Research and Technology, Munich. His research interests focus on visual and interactive machine learning, perceptual modeling for visualization, immersive analytics and situated visualization, novel interaction technologies, as well as the methodological and theoretical foundations underlying them.

Aimée Sousa Calepso

Currently a PhD student and Research Assistant at Visualisierungsinstitut (VISUS), Universität Stuttgart. She holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Her main research interests include situated visualization using Head-Mounted Augmented Reality devices and how we can apply it to Human-Robot Interaction. She also works at the IntCDC, helping to build solutions for the architechture and construction industry involving immersive experiences. She started her research career working with Virtual Reality, having projects awarded in conferences like IEEE VR and IEEE WHC, which motivated her to keep doing research in related areas.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wortmann

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wortmannis a Tenure-Track Professor for “Computing in Architecture” at Institute for Computational Design and Construction. He received his Diplom-Ingenieur in Architecture at the University of Kassel, where he studied under the pioneering digital architect Lars Spuybroek and Manfred Grohmann, one of the founders of the well-known structural engineering firm Bollinger + Grohmann.
After working three years at NOX, Lars Spuybroek’s practice in Rotterdam, he continued his education with a Master of Science in Design and Computation at MIT. In 2018, he received his PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Design from Singapore University of Technology and Design. His PhD thesis received the university’s “Best Dissertation” award. Before joining the ICD at the University of Stuttgart as Tenure-track Professor for Computing in Architecture, Thomas taught at National University of Singapore and held a position at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. His research interests are the use of computational methods such as optimization, multi-variate visualization and machine learning in architectural design processes. He is the lead developer of Opossum, an award-winning, machine-learning based optimization tool that has been download over 5.000 times.

Lior Skoury

Lior Skoury is a research associate at the ICD. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Bezalel Academy for Art and Design and a Master of Science from the Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) program from the University of Stuttgart. Prior to joining ICD, he worked as a lead computational designer in the Israeli construction start-up industry at Para-Group and Structure-Pal. There he developed design to fabrication systems for the company’s industry partners. He has been teaching computational design and digital fabrication in Israeli academia in the last few years.His research interests lie in the interplay between data management, data analysis, and fabrication control systems. He is currently working on the application of data management and analysis microservices at RP9 and a Cyber-physical fabrication control and distribution system.


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