Autonomous Manufacturing Lab

AML-PENNDesign   |   UPENN
aml@design.upenn.edu
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AML-PENNDesign explores the integration of design and production through robotic processes of building manufacturing. Current technological developments in building production promise to reduce the economic and environmental cost of building. These technologies also enable an increase in the intricacy and complexity of designs, allowing qualitative design affects to be intrinsic to a broad set of negotiated end-use and production concerns. Beyond industrial automation, autonomous and semi-autonomous manufacturing are able to provide a coupling of computational methods of design with situated robotics.  This enables embodied forms of decision making, providing new opportunities for bespoke fabrication where adaptive processes can actively engage with the formation and physical manipulation of materials in novel ways.
The interdisciplinary AML lab aims to develop innovative methods of manufacturing that leverage real-time robotics, computation, sensor and computer vision technologies within generative design processes, in order to expand the creative and practical possibilities of design through a direct engagement with the physical world of manufacturing.  AML-PENNDesign is part of PennDesign's Advanced Research and Innovation Lab (ARI)

Advanced Research and Innovation Lab (ARI)

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AML-UCL.CS

PennDesign’s Autonomous Manufacturing Lab (AML-PennDesign) is affiliated with AML-UCL.CS, directed by Robert Stuart-Smith in the Department of Computer Science, University College of London. AML-UCL.CS’s research focuses on multi-agent/distributed robotics for on-site building construction. AML-UCL.CS is currently developing a control framework for Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM) — an EPSRC funded research project developing an autonomous robot swarm system for in-situ 3D-printed construction. The research is being undertaken in collaboration with Imperial College, University of Bath, and the Architectural Association.

PennDesign

PennDesign is an inventive place of learning where the many fields of architecture, planning, preservation, landscape and the fine arts come together on shared ground. At PennDesign, we are dedicated to design that is creative in nature and transformative in impact. In a collaborative environment that fosters inquiry and experimentation, faculty and students seek to recast the distinction between theory and practice, expand knowledge and invention through research, and contribute works of value and beauty.