SCALABLE ROBOTICS
10-day Online Programme on Open-source robotics in Architecture & Construction
Tutors:
Pradeep Devadass 

(The Bartlett UCL + Design Exchange (B-made))
Sushant Verma 

(rat[LAB]EDUCATION, SMART LABS)

Batch: V1.0
Duration:10 Days [ FULL SCHEDULE PROVIDED BELOW ]
Starts: 8th September 2021 
Ends:
25th September 2021 
Type: Interactive Tutorial Workshop with LIVE DEMONSTRATION & Robotic Arm Control (Remote)
Robotic Arm Co-ordinates: London, UK
(Can be remotely controlled from anywhere in the world!)

Registration Fee: GBP 295 (15% Off- Early-Bird Tickets till 31st July)
Scholarship: 2 X 100% Scholarship Available (Merit-basis)*

*See details below.
Max. Spots: 16
[ Check ticketing platform( Explara) to see available ticket quantity ]

Scalable Robotics

10-Day Programme on Open-Source Robotics in Architecture & Construction

Robotics Programme V1.0 is the first batch of global workshop conducted online with live demonstration of an open-source six-axis robotic arm to teach fundamentals and control of robotics for architecture and construction realms.

Brief Outline

The course will introduce robotic concepts and demonstrate how to develop an automated robotic process which can be applied in architecture, construction or any creative field using a six-axis open-source robot. The participants will be able to interact with the robot in real-time and the robotic production process will be broadcasted live through video conferencing platform (Zoom). Through this workshop you will be able understand the fundamental concepts of how to program and operate a robot. The course will teach you how to parametrically design based on constraints of the technology and how to transfer the concepts from an open-source robot to an industrial robot (such as KUKA, ABB, Universal Robots, etc). The course will demonstrate a novel methodology, bridging the gap between computational design and robotic production. Through the process, the course will explain the potentials in robotic technology and opportunities offered. Due to collaborative nature of the workshop, the participants will iteratively learn simulation-based feedback design method and develop novel techniques as part of the course. The challenges faced in collaborative working, filtering of selective data and manipulation of data will be investigated in the course. The programme would start from setting up a foundation for computational design through tutorials focussing on use of Grasshopper3D (in Rhino3D) to cover basic, intermediate & advanced levels of parametric design, before setting its direction into robotics.

Detailed Agenda

The aim of the course is to learn how to automate a process. Robots are deployed in factories for addressing the repetitive tasks and now, in the world of construction, to achieve complex tasks which cannot be done, even with skilled labour. In this course you will be able to learn parametric designing of a process and programming of an open-source robot using Rhinoceros3d + Grasshopper3d + Robots Plugin. Although, we would be learning using an open-source robot for the course, the fundamental concepts are transferable and the same method can be used to program industrial robots such as KUKA, ABB, Universal Robots, etc. During the programme, we would  be using a physical robot (currently located in London, UK, physically controlled by workshop leader) and broadcasting it live. The participants will be able to interact with it in real-time to understand the collaborative process better. The course gives an opportunity to physically fabricate your design and understand materiality, process constraints and other factors which cannot be otherwise learnt merely through digital simulations. The robot used in the workshop is AR3 Open-Source Robot. The robot has maximum reach of 629mm and maximum payload of 1.9kgs. The course will brief explaining how one could leverage an open source robot, the potentials and drawbacks of using open-source robots vs industrial robots. Foundation classes would focus on use of Rhino3D, Grasshopper3D & Grasshopper plug-ins to acclimatize participants with the general interface of computational design tools before delving into robotics. Theoretical sessions would also play a pivotal role in the teaching methodology followed, to give a comprehensive knowledge on the subject. Hand-on exercises and using the robot remotely is an integral part of the programme that would allow participants to collaborate globally from anywhere in the world and learn collectively.

Full Programme Schedule

Class 01

8th September | 8:30am – 12:30pm (GMT / UTC)

Introduction to Basic & Intermediate Computational Design (Rhinoceros + Grasshopper) | Presentation / Tutorials

 

Class 02

10th September | 8:30am – 12:30pm (GMT / UTC)

Exploring Advanced Computational Design (Grasshopper) | Tutorials

 

Class 03

13th September | 5:00pm – 6:30pm (GMT / UTC)

Introduction to Robotics in Architecture & Construction | Presentation
A showcase of projects using robotics technologies by tutors. An understanding of how robots can influence design of architecture in the future and what are the robotic applications we could develop.

Class 04

14th September | 5:00pm – 6:30pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Fundamentals of robotics | Tutorials
    Introduction to how robots work, how they move, what problems you could encounter, what precautions need to be taken.

  • Basic Robotic Programming | Tutorials
    Develop a simple robotic program using Rhinoceros + Grasshopper

 

Class 05

15th September | 5:00pm – 6:30pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Introduction to Open-Source Robotics| Presentation + Live Robotic Demo
    Experiences on building an open-source robot; factors which need to be considered; potentials and limitation of open-source robots; industrial vs open-source robots; open-source robotic applications.

  • Online Robotics Programming | Tutorials + Live Robotic Demo
    Demonstration on robot setup which includes calibrate robot, calibrate tool, calibrate workpiece/ environment. Directly control robot and create a program using the robot software.

 

Class 06

16th September | 5:00pm – 6:30pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Offline Robotics Programming | Basic Tutorials + Live Robotic Demo
    Develop a simple robotic program based on the robot setup/ calibration, and transfer program data to robot.

  • Offline Robotics Programming: Advanced Tutorials + Live Robotic Demo
    Develop a parametric palletization (pick & place) robotic program using the Rhino + Grasshopper and transfer program data to the robot.

Class 07

17th September | 5:00pm – 6:30pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Design Tutorials: Participants to develop the design based on the pick and place process

  • Programming Tutorials: Participants to translate the design into robotic code

Class 08

18th September | 5:00pm – 9:00pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Live Robotic Experiments of Participants Design

 

Class 09

19th September | 5:00pm – 9:00pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Live Robotic Prototyping of Participants Design

Class 10

25th September | 5:00pm – 9:00pm (GMT / UTC)

  • Guest Presentation

  • Final Jury

  • Debrief

Expected outcome for participants:

At the end of the course the participant will

  • develop a good understanding of using Grasshopper3D interface for advanced design explorations.

  • understand the fundamental concepts behind robotic and how it could be applied.

  • know programming and operational concepts of using robots.

  • understand the potentials, constraints and know how to develop robotic applications.

Scholarship Offered: Merit-Based

2 scholarships will be offered. The scholarships will be provided will be given at the end of the course based on the performance of the participants in the course. (Assessment details will be shared during the start of the course)

We have two unique merit-based full scholarships (100% Fee Waiver) in place eligible for all participants of SCALABLE ROBOTICS V1.0 There is an intent to reward meritorious students with a full fee waiver to encourage a stronger intent towards innovation that is likely to develop collectively during the programme to push the boundaries of innovation & research in robotics.

​The programme is offering two merit-based scholarship awards to catalyze innovation and rigour in the 10-day programme. The scholarship award shall be provided as a cash award of 100% of full programme fee and would be completely based on innovation quotient, project outputs and studio conduct of participating students, evaluated across the 10-day programme by the tutors.

 

Eligibility

All participants enrolling for the programme are eligible for the scholarship. 

 

Availability 

Two scholarships (respectively offered to two students) with a 50% fee value would be awarded at the end of programme on Class 10. Fee payment of programme would be same for all students regardless of scholarship possibilities.

 

It is expected of all students to perform well throughout the programme and work in the best interest of the studio to catalyze innovation and experimentation in design process. The 2 most suitable candidates, through an open-screening evaluation system, would be duly rewarded with the scholarship award along with a special certification in addition to completion certification. 

 

Who should attend/ apply?

Architects, designers, engineers, students, and young professional who are interested to be part of the revolution in robotics. Members from industries who are seeking automation of their workplace production process are also encouraged to apply.

Tutor Details

Pradeep Devadass

Lecturer (Teaching) in Numerical Manufacturing 

The Bartlett Manufacturing + Design Exchange (B-made)

 

Pradeep Devadass is an architect and roboteer. He is currently a Lecturer (Teaching) in Numerical Manufacturing at B-made (Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange), University College London. He specializes in bridging the gap between architectural design and robotic construction. He has a master's degree from Architectural Association (UK), and extensive professional experience from various organizations across the globe which include RWTH (Germany), UWE (UK), MAK (USA), Archi-Union (China) & RSP (India). Some of the state-of-the art robotic projects he has been involved with, include Wood Chip Barn, Chainsaw-Choreographies, Light-Vault Pavilion & Twisted Arch Project. He co-founded rat[LAB] (Research in Architecture and Technology) in 2012. He is recipient of MAK Schindler Award from Vienna & Los Angeles and his works have been published in various academic journals and peer-reviewed publications.

 

Sushant Verma

Founding Partner // Design Head
rat[LAB] - Research in Architecture & Technology

Sushant Jai-Amita Verma is a Design Entrepreneur, Architect, Computational Designer & Educator, currently leading rat[LAB] Studio (Research in Architecture and Technology) (www.rat-lab.org) that investigates intersections of design, art & technology through architecture, interior design and art installations. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London and is a former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London & a Sr. Editor at Arch2O. He is the founder of rat[LAB]EDUCATION, which is an initiative to spread the idea of computation in design through independently-organized design workshops for profession and academia. Recipient of MAK Schindler Award from Vienna & Los Angeles and a finalist for AIA Emerging Leaders Fellowship from Chicago, his work is widely published and exhibited in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Taipei, New Delhi, Mumbai among other places, internationally. Sushant has been a TEDx Speaker at 3 TEDxTalks in India and is the founding director of Smart Labs – India’s first 6 month hybrid programme on Computational Design that blends studio learning and e-learning using a technology-oriented approach.

Robot Details

The robot used in the workshop AR3 Open-Source Robot. The robot has maximum reach of 629mm and maximum payload of 1.9kgs. The robot is assembled in London, UK from where the workshop would be streamed & co-ordinated live by the tutors.

Software Requirements

Hardware: Laptop (Win 10 OS) - 8gb ram, good internet connection

Software: Rhinoceros 3d, Grasshopper 3d, Zoom. Other software will be provided

Skills: Basic knowledge of 2D and 3D ‎modelling software.‎ No prior knowledge or experience in robotics or digital fabrication is required.

Queries?

For any queries, e-mail to education@rat-lab.org with Subject Line: Scalable Robotics V1