robots as interface between the digital and physical
Creative Robotics is a research unit within the University for Arts and Design Linz that was set up with the goal of investigating robotics as an interface between the digital and physical world. We work with robotic arms – industrial machines that just like a human hand can be equipped with a wide variety of tools. Rather than using them for industrial mass fabrication, our research focuses on radical customization in the areas of design, art, architecture, and digital media, as well as craft, where the goal is not to replace human craftsmanship, but actually to augment and reinterpret it.
We do not want to just automate existing processes, instead we are looking into ways how we can innovate with robotics, combining the accuracy and strength of industrial robots with craft knowledge and human expertise, to create new solutions that go beyond the state of the art. This can only be realized when robots stop being manufacturing machines at the end of a workflow, but become integral parts of the design process itself.
CR is engaged in arts-based and industrial research covering a wide range of applications, from developing new robotic processes with traditional craftsmen and SMEs to realizing highly visible robot installations with partners from various industries. We want to distribute our knowledge as widely as possible and are therefore highly engaged in research-led teaching at various stages. Robot courses are open to students from all disciplines, and targeted courses are offered with specific departments such as Fashion & Technology. Through initiatives such as the workshop “Hack the Robot”, in collaboration with the Ars Electronica Center, we work primary and secondary school students, apprentices, and unemployed youth, allowing them to work hands-on with robotic arms in a save and creative way.
CR a cooperation project with the Ars Electronica Center, KUKA Roboter CEE GmbH, the JKU, Bernstein Innovation, Grand Garage, and the Association for Robots in Architecture, funded by the infrastructural program of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. We are open to collaborations with researchers, SMEs, artists, designers, inventors, and innovators and invite you to get in touch.
WHAT WE DO
WHO WE ARE
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.
Caroline, an Austrian Industrial Design Student joined the Laboratory for Creative Robotics because of her highly motivation and interest in every part of the creative process and also the implemention of external inputs from cooperating companies. She first graduated with distinction from the Higher Department of Architecture and Design at the HTL1 in Linz. After graduating, she started studying Industrial Design in 2015. By working on different projects she gathered experiences in the field of human movement and found excitement in the movement of machines. She is specifically interested in in the wide area of robotic applications, in which domains they can be used and how they can work as a tool that supports people in their work. Since 2017 she is working as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Creative Robotics.