IAAC – Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction
Workshop 3.2
Tutor: Ethan Kerber / Chair for Individualized Production, RWTH Aachen University
Tutor’s Assistant: Kunaljit Chadha / IAAC
University collaborators: Chair for Individualized Production RWTH Aachen University and Robots in Architecture Research LLC
The workshop was an initial beta test of KUKA|crc (Cloud Remote Control) software development by Sven Stumm / Robots in Architecture Research LLC.

Displaced Collaboration


Designing manufacturing and programming in different places

We are experiencing incredible change in the way we work. Remote collaboration and work from home have become the new norm in office based industries. However, the construction sector comprises essential services that cannot be accomplished from a distance. Automated solutions offer the potential for remote operation and new means of human machine interaction. This workshop seeks to build remote capabilities and connections between designers and automated machines.


Design Options

Random placement

Human machine interaction

Possible objectives of robot

Idea no.2:

Human controls input by using aruco codes. Each code triggers a different reaction in the way of building


    • Create target design space
    • Get computer vision feedback for what is build
    • Create rules how the robot can react

Human machine interaction

Possible additions

Possible additions

Build bridges between aruco codes

Geometry simulation

Rigid body stacking


Kangaroo is an interactive physics/constraint solver and Grasshopper plugin for designers


    • Collisions
    • Goals-angle
    • Goals-position
    • Goals-meshes


    • Lot of simulations available
    • Differents weights
    • Differents forces


    • No friction
    • No different weights

Human machine interaction

Remote Location 

Physical test

Designer – robot – communication

Aruco Codes – Setup

Open CV – GH

Future Vision

Vision – Setup


Lorenzo Masini

Cedric Droogmans

Elena Jaramazovic

Luis Jayme Buerba

Alexandros Varvantakis