Computational Design Laboratory

ReAC Team Receives AM+I Award

The project Rethinking AI and Automation in Architecture by Daniel Cardoso Llach, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Dr. Jean Oh, Carnegie Mellon University will receive 2021 AMI Research Awards.

Awards provide faculty with $20,000 USD in unrestricted project funding and the opportunity to partner with Google researchers on their research initiatives to build new and constructive long-term relationships.

Project Description:

This project brings architecture, AI, and sociotechnical research methods together to imagine and realize humane scenarios for robotically-supported cooperative construction. We’re interested in “robot in the loop” systems that adaptively support — rather than automate, replace, or surveil — the work of construction workers on building sites. Our reflective technology design process comprises ethnographic research and qualitative engagements with construction actors and sites, simulations, technical research combining robotics and reinforcement learning, and the development of a proof of concept system to be demonstrated on site. Striving for dynamic and safe robotically-supported construction environments, our project will help foster humane and sustainable practices in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, and foster new forms of expertise at the intersection of AI, robotics, the building trades, and architecture.

Daniel Cardoso Llach, Ph.D. is an architect and interdisciplinary scholar interested in issues of automation in design, interdisciplinary creativity, human-machine interaction, and critical technical practices in architecture and design. He is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also chairs the Master of Science in Computational Design and co-directs CodeLab, an interdisciplinary graduate research and learning laboratory re-thinking the role of computation in design and the built environment.

Jean Oh, Ph.D. is Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and the director of the interdisciplinary Bot Intelligence Group. Her research focuses on persisting robots that can coexist with humans in shared environments, and she has led several intelligence tasks in government and industry in various problem domains including self-driving cars, disaster response, eldercare, and the arts.

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Author: Stella Shen
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