March and April are intensive conference months in many academic fields, and especially in the disciplines associated with architecture and construction. This spring the NCCR Digital Fabrication has presented internationally at both academic and industry conferences. In the past months, representatives of the NCCR Digital Fabrication have given over ten keynote and research presentations around the globe in San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne, Gothenburg and Boston, and have invited the broader research community to visit Zurich.
The 2016 Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design Conference (Rob|Arch 2016) was held in Sydney Australia from March 16th to 20th at which representatives of the NCCR presented three peer-reviewed research papers and also came away with an award as “runner-up” for the best workshop (“Spatially Extruded Structures”, offered in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the University of Technology Sydney). At the conclusion of the conference, the Association for Robots in Architecture announced that the location for Rob|Arch 2018 will be ETH Zurich with the NCCR Digital Fabrication as host. We are already looking forward to welcoming the international research community to Zurich in 2018.
The Smartgeometry 2016 Conference, hosted by Chalmers University in Gothenburg Sweden was held in early April. The NCCR Digital Fabrication was represented by Russell Loveridge who gave a keynote lecture presenting NCCR research but also outlining the collaboration and research methods made possible only through the framework of the NCCR programme.
The month of April will conclude with the Symposium on Computational Fabrication hosted by Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. This symposium will feature keynote lectures from a range of world leading experts in the area of Computational Fabrication including NCCR Digital Fabrication Principal Investigators Philippe Block (Block Research Group, ETH Zurich) and Mark Pauly (Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory, EPF Lausanne).
Through all of these international exchanges the NCCR is rapidly expanding its network of friends and positioning itself as a leading research group in the area of digital fabrication. The next major event on the NCCR Digital Fabrication Calendar is the hosting of the Advances in Architectural Geometry Conference (AAG2016) at ETH Zurich in September of this year, and we are again looking forward to meeting many of our international colleagues, here in Zurich this autumn.