PHD POSITION: INTERACTIVE ROBOTIC ARCHITECTURE
The Faculty of Engineering Sciences of KU Leuven university (Belgium) has an opening for a fully funded PhD position with a research theme that relates to the emerging practice of robotic architecture, robotic fabrication, robots in architecture. Its research requires the cross-disciplinary synthesis of knowledge from architectural design, human-computer interaction and robotics. The overall aim is to develop new kinds of interfaces that facilitate the iterative design of true-size, physical objects of architectural elements via interactive robotic actuation. More specifically, we will create new “human-prototype” interfaces that are embodied via the physical prototype itself, rather than using the common approach of 3D modeling and/or virtual simulation. The position will involve a variety of tasks, such as: the development of digitally mediated interfaces for robotic actuation, the fabrication of physical demonstrators of architectural scale, and their scientific evaluation via case study research, all alongside collaborations with relevant industrial partners. The applicant will also be expected to help in the teaching of related units. The position is suitable for someone with experience on the technical aspects of one or more of the following areas, or by demonstrating the ability to acquire sufficient skills in all these areas.- human-computer interaction (HCI) (e.g. tangible, embedded and embodied interaction)- digital or robotic fabrication - computer science (e.g. computer vision, machine learning, robotics)- design science (e.g. architecture, 3D modeling)The project is an interdisciplinary initiative of the research group Research[x]Design (prof. Andrew Vande Moere, Department of Architecture) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (prof. Herman Bruyninckx) at KU Leuven. Key facts:- Duration of the scholarship: 2 x 24 months- Expected start date: 01 October 2017 or soon after*- Closing date for applications: 20 June 2017, or after a suitable candidate has been found.
- human-computer interaction (HCI) (e.g. tangible, embedded and embodied interaction);
- digital or robotic fabrication;
- computer science (e.g. computer vision, machine learning, robotics);
- design science (e.g. architecture, parametric design, 3D modelling).
The student should have sufficient academic achievements to be accepted as a PhD student at the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
Short-listed candidates will be asked to fulfil concise assignments to test their proficiency.
For additional and/or informal information, please contact prof. Andrew Vande Moere.
- Duration of the scholarship: 2 x 24 months, with probation period.
- Expected start date: 01 November 2017 or soon after (*)
- Expected closing date for applications: 31 August 2017 or after a suitable candidate has been found(*)
(*) please contact us if specific deadlines exist.