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SCI-Arc to lead robotics workshop at Rob|Arch 2016

SCI-Arc Robotics Lab Coordinator Jake Newsum along with SCI-Arc faculty Curime Batliner and M. Casey Rehm are leading a workshop at the Rob|Arch 2016 Conference March 15-17, in conjunction with the University of New South Wales. Held in Sydney, Australia, Rob|Arch 2016 features over 30 presenters from industry, practice and academic institutions worldwide. The presenters at the conference are at the forefront of new robotic technologies and application across a range of fields from robotic fabrication in the construction industry to human-robot interactions in interaction design and creative practice.

Entitled "Robot UI—User Interfaces for Robotic Live Control," the workshop explores interactive and intuitive robot motion control as a medium to explore non deterministic design trajectories and human-robot interactions. The workshop focuses on the development of custom user interfaces, including parametric constraint models and logics. Through iterative design charrettes, students will engage with ‘live’ robotics and build in groups dynamic ideation environments where human and robot actively engage with the space. Engaging scanning technologies, human interface devices, user tracking, the robot is placed as a mediating device in a feedback loop which engages simultaneously with the digital and physical world in the now. Building custom UI’s, students will actively explore and imagine how they engage with matter and the space once they are able to move things precisely, intuitively and interactively.

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, is the Host for the Rob|Arch 2016 conference, and has teamed up with prominent Australian Universities to co-chair international workshops: RMIT, Monash University, Bond University, UNSW, and UTS.