laboratory merging robotic processes with creative industries
Laboratory merging robotic processes with creative industries
The new Laboratory for Creative Robotics at the University of Arts and Design in Linz is a cooperation project with the Ars Electronica Center, the KUKA Roboter CEE GmbH, the JKU, Bernstein Innovation and the Association for Robots in Architecture, which is funded by the University Infrastructural program of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.
Robotic arms are universal machines that – like a human hand – are equipped with a variety of tools and can be quickly converted from a milling machine to a 3D printer. However, we see robots not only as manufacturing machines, but as a diverse interface between the digital and the physical world.
The laboratory is thus open to all fields of study in the context of research-led teaching: While industrial designers use robots to build prototypes, students of “time-based media” develop interactive robot installations and graphic students explore new methods of presentation that only a robot can realize. As a result, the machine does not become the last link in a long chain from design to production, but an integral part of the design process. This is made possible above all by accessible robot software – such as KUKA | prc – which also allows new users to control completely new robotic processes.
Cooperations with artists and designers are carried out at the laboratory, as well as with SME that want to research new robotic applications.
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Founder, Professor at UFG
Together with Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, he founded the Association for Robots in Architecture with the goal of making robotic arms accessible to the creative industry, organizes Rob|Arch-international conferences on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, and acted as co-editor of the Rob|Arch proceedings, published by Springer. He is the main developer of KUKA|prc (parametric robot control), a software tool for robotic fabrication and interaction which enables the accessible programming and simulation of robotic arms, directly within a CAD environment.
Maria Smigielska is an architect, creative designer and a researcher oscilating between architecture, arts and technology. Graduated from Architecture at TU Poznan (Poland, 2009) and CAAD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland, 2013). Balancing between research and the applied world, joined Baierbischofberger Architects, Zurich in 2014 to implement computational design methods and rationalize complex geometries of arts-oriented buildings, as well as assisted in various innovative academic project of smaller scale. Develops robotic processes for both fabrication (robotic rod bending – bendilicious.com) and artistic expression with the use of machine learning as a medium for human creativity and knowledge.
Benjamin graduated with distinction from the Higher Department of Mechatronics of HTL Mödling. After one year as a design engineer in special machine construction, he started industrial design studies at the University of Art and Design in Linz. In 2015, he finished his bachelor’s degree and completed a semester abroad in Medical Design at the Muthesius Art University in Kiel. Since 2016 he is working as research assistant in the Laboratory for Creative Robotics. In 2017, he founded the Creative Robotics spin-off PRINT A DRINK – the world first 3D printing technology for drinkable liquids.