ARC 404-02– Architecture Proseminar

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Course No.: 13956

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 207

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:40PM

Faculty: Silver

This seminar will focus on the design and construction of a semi-autonomous, leg-based masonry robot complete with complex sensors, servo driven legs and computer control technology. Students will be asked to develop a series of carefully connected systems and subsystems tasked with the challenge of identifying, grasping and transporting materials used for building non-standard masonry structures. The class will work with a skilled software engineer from UB’s Department of Computer Science to program their machine for the execution of site-specific tasks. All robot components, controllers, batteries and servomotors will be provided free of charge. Basic principles of robot design will be explored early in the seminar using kit-based humanoid development platforms.
Prerequisites: Rhino and AutoCAD