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Computational Design and Fabrication of Structures and Robots (POSTPONED)

Kensington, DAR 612

Free, but please book using the Eventbrite link

The RCA Design Products Programme is pleased to invite Professor Kristina Shea (ETH Zürich) to talk on the computational design and fabrication of structures and robots.

The recent rise in digital fabrication, including 3D and 4D printing, may be the best thing that has ever happened to the area of computational design. For years we have been developing new algorithms and methods for automatically generating and optimising designs considering large, complex solution spaces. Today, designers struggle to design parts, structures and systems that take full advantage of the complex shapes and material combinations that are now possible through 3D printing. 4D printing develops this to enable designs to adapt and reconfigure themselves in time after printing, in response to the environment. Highlights of our research on novel methods for automatically generating, simulating, and optimising structural and robotic systems are presented with potential applications in consumer products, robotics and biomedical industries.

Kristina Shea is Full Professor for Engineering Design and Computing in Mechanical and Processing Engineering at ETH Zürich since 2012. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge computational models, methods and tools that enable the design of more novel and optimised engineered systems and products as well as to automate design and fabrication processes. 

This guest lecture has been organised by the School of Design. For any queries, please contact the Design Products Programme staff


  • Kristina Shea