Rob|Arch 2014 – Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshops: 14.-16.05.2014 / Conference: 17.-18.05.2014

ROB|ARCH has been initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture as a new conference series on the use of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, closely linking industry with cutting-edge research institutions. In December 2012 the conference was hosted by its founders in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 the conference travels to North America, hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Continuing with the previous theme of international collaboration, the conference seeks to bring together artists, designers, fabricators, and industry leaders for the purpose of advancing the discourse surrounding robotic fabrication. Following on the success of ROB|ARCH 2012, the conference will again present a series of workshops held at select research institutions on the east coast of the United States, aimed at exposing the advanced capabilities of applied robotic research. Following the workshops, the conference will span two days at the University of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about an hour outside of Detroit, the origin of robotics in North America. The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide.

For the 2014 event, we are extending a call for workshop proposals. The conference invites proposals for workshops related to robotic programming and fabrication with the following topics:

Workflows, Networks, and Interfaces
Design to robotic fabrication
Digital and physical robotic interfaces

Non-standard Robotic Fabrication
“Smart” robotic fabrication
Material feedback and robotic simulation
Onsite Robotic Fabrication

Physical Computing
New robotic end-effectors
Customized robotics

Understanding the need for experience with a specific system, the workshop committee has organized a list of potential workshop sites. The intent is to allow for the development of workshops between the host sites and external collaborators. The workshops will be supported by the Association for Robots in Architecture with a total fund divided between the winning candidates of $15.000.

The workshops are hosted by the primary US workshop sites: the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University. Other sites will be considered as well.  The following is a list of workcells for which workshop proposals are being invited:

@ University of Michigan

2x KR120HA robots on linear axes(KRC4, roboteam/force control capability), 1x KR100 HA + rotary axis(KRC2), 2x Agilus KR6(KRC4)

@ Carnegie Mellon University

1x IRB 4400 + rotary axis, 1x IRB 6640 on linear axis, 1x IRB 1600x (plasma cutter)

An additional Staubli workcell will be on hand for the conference, and proposals for additional venues within travel range of Ann Arbor(east coast) are welcomed.



15.4.2013   1st Call for Workshops

15.5.2013   2nd Call for Workshops

15.6.2013   Workshop Submission Deadline

01.7.2013   Workshop Notification



Please submit your workshop proposal via eMail to chair@robarch2014.org. Modify the provided template and submit no more than 2 pages of text and 4 additional images as a PDF (i.e. maximum 6 pages)


Information and Contact
See www.robarch2014.org for details and up-to-date information. For any questions regarding the Rob|Arch 2014 conference, please contact chair@robarch2014.org

Wes Mcgee and Monica Ponce de Leon
Conference Chairs, Rob|Arch 2014