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Center for Design Research Presents Second Annual Design Robotics Summit

In its second year, the annual CDR-Design Design Robotics Summit will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Research and Demonstration Facility (RDF)- Design Robotics Studio on February 12th and 13th . The annual summit is led by professors Nathan King, Chip Clark, and Bob Dunay, and is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and technologies by providing a platform that extends the collaborative potential between local and regional partners from academia, industry, and design practice. Building on the success of the 2015 event and as an extension of ongoing research, this year’s summit will focus on the design and realization of complex wooden spatial structures and will include 100 participants from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture +Design (VT A+D), The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT), The University of Virginia (UVA), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and industry partners Autodesk, Delcam, and Rudabega. Using a combination of Dynamo, Autodesk React Structures, and the new Dynamo-to-Robot workflow (developed in part during the 2015 summit), this workshop will explore integrated computational design and structural optimization-to-robotic fabrication workflows to design, evaluate, and fabricate a large format prototypical spatial structure using human-machine collaboration.