Behavioural Design and Fabrication

Summer Semester 2016 | ITECH Seminar
Master Module 49830
Computational Design and Simulation

ICD: Prof. A. Menges, L. Nguyen, T. Schwinn, L. Vasey

Behavioural Design and Fabrication

Advanced Robotic Control and Fabrication

FIRST MEETING 01.04.2016 at 9.45, room 10.23

The course Behavioral Fabrication introduces a new methodology for digital design and fabrication; contrary to traditional notions of design, behavioural strategies for fabrication are not based on the execution of apriori defined abstract plans, such as detailed digital design models, but are based on the concept of execution of tasks; tasks represent design intention and unfold in a non-deterministic way based on the constant interaction of the machine/robot/agent with the material and its environment through sensor-actuator feedback. This course will introduce the topic of behavioral fabrication and related computational techniques:

  • Agent-based and behavioral models
  • Sensor feedback and machine vision
  • Online robotic control methods
  • Probabilistic methods for environmental analysis and mapping

At the core of the research lie the analysis, abstraction, translation and implementation of fabrication-oriented behaviours for the production of physical prototypes. Students are expected to high degree of proficiency in computer programming (either in C # or in python). It is also recommended to take this course in tandem with the Robotic Fabrication seminar, also offered by ICD.

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