Autodesk BUILD Space + MassRobotics presents:
Robotics in Construction Summit
How can robotics and automated construction technologies help us build more, better, with less negative impact?
Automation and robotics have helped manufacturing, retail, and agriculture industries increase productivity by 1,500% since 1945 (McKinsey 2017). In contrast, however, construction productivity has remained relatively stagnant during the same time period. For the robotics industry, construction presents potential use cases and unique applications that can utilize a variety of evolving technologies from drones, ground robotics, teleoperation, machine vision, additive manufacturing, and assistive robotics.
Automation has been implemented in other industries to solve challenges associated with labor productivity, material waste, quality control, etc. – but why not construction?
This event is intended to bring together representatives from the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry with technology and thought leaders from the robotics community to develop a collective understanding of the problems and opportunities, and how to take the next steps!
The event will include presentations and discussions with construction industry representatives and robotics technology developers with a goal of bridging the gap between needs, opportunities, and technology.
Autodesk BUILD Space - 3rd Floor:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm*
*Breakfast and Lunch will be provided
Reception to follow:
5:30 pm -7:30 pm
9 Welcome breakfast
9:45 Opening remarks
10 -12:30 Session 1: Automating Construction (2 Panels)
10:00 Panel 1
11:15 Panel 2
12:30 Lunch + Tours
2:30 - 5 Session 2: Constructing Automation (2 Panels)
2:30 Panel 1
3:45 Panel 2
5:30 Afterparty at MassRobotics
As Vice President of Autodesk’s Construction Products Group, Jim’s organization is responsible for establishing product vision and strategy, and for designing and developing the family of products and services that address the needs of the worldwide Construction industry.
Under Jim’s leadership, the Construction Products Group, through it’s innovative, market leading technology, is helping to improve predictability and profitability for construction companies worldwide. Jim’s team is responsible for delivering cloud and mobile solutions that help companies improve project quality during preconstruction, construction, and handover/commissioning. The Construction Product Group’s solutions support traditional design-build project approaches, but also support the growing adoption of manufacturing techniques in the construction industry by delivering next generation prefabrication and modular solutions.
Jim is a 30 year veteran of the CAD industry, who has served in a variety of senior management roles in the AEC, manufacturing, and electronic design automation industries. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College.
David co-founded Humatics in 2015 with a mission to revolutionize how people and machines locate, navigate and collaborate. He is a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, as well as the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, and Chair of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. An expert on the myriad relationships between people and autonomous robots, he has participated in more than 25 oceanographic expeditions and developed and licensed spread-spectrum sonar technologies for undersea navigation. He is the author of five books, including Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015) and Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight (2008). David has a BS in electrical engineering from Yale; a BA in literature from Yale; and a PhD in the history of technology from MIT.
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a construction and engineering services firm transforming the construction industry through virtual design and construction by blending global human capital with cutting-edge construction technologies. At VIATechnik, Danielle leads the company’s strategic growth efforts and builds and manages client relationships with some of the largest AECO firms around the country. Under Danielle’s leadership, the VIATechnik team is spearheading advancement of BIM, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence in the industry.
Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience.
Danielle recently joined the Board of Directors at Ryan Companies US, $1.7B real estate development, construction, and design firm. She is the founding leader of the Society for Construction Solutions Chicago Chapter, is the Chair of the AEC Committee for the VRARA, and is also on the Advisory Board of AEC Next, SPAR3D, and Flux.io. Danielle was named one of the top “Women to Watch in Virtual Reality” and she received the 2017 Women in Construction Award by Constructech Magazine.
She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Perkins + Will
Hakim Hasan is an architect and researcher who specializes in robotic fabrication and computational design. In 2015 he received his bachelor of architecture from Kennesaw State University. After graduating, Hakim joined the Design Process and Building Technology Lab at Perkins+Will where he actively participated in multiple projects in the development of a practice based research. In 2017 he completed his postgraduate studies at ETH Zurich with a focus in Architecture and Digital Fabrication. Hakim worked at Gramazio Kohler Research where he developed an innovative process of aggregating soft particles which led to him teaching at the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier. Since January 2018 Hakim is a lead researcher in architectural robotics at Perkins+Will.
CW Keller & Associates, Inc.
As a CW Keller Design Engineer Noni participates in pre-construction design and planning activities: Noni works closely with project stakeholders to assure aesthetic requirements are aligned with complex fabrication practices specific to a project. Her research leverages laser projection technology to decrease build times and increase design accuracy for complex architectural fabrication. This methodology integrates robotic positioning of existing manufacturing tools in pursuit of automated AEC-specific innovations, and is currently in use at the CW Keller fabrication facility
Oliver has 18+ years of experience within the design and construction industry focusing on lean processes, sustainability, BIM, innovation, and technology. Over his career, he has worked to develop process and standards to support BIM adoption, integration, and planning within a variety of markets. His experience and expertise in the field of Virtual Design and Construction has allowed him to evolve his current role by integrating innovation and technology on the jobsites. At Skanska, Oliver serves as the Regional VDC Director for the Southeast region overseeing technology, innovation, and BIM. Over the past few years, he has led research and development efforts on robotics at Skanska – namely the use of machine learning tools, land based rovers, UAS’s, and 3D Printing.
Leveraging over 13 years of experience in the technology, architecture and construction industries, Alli is the new Head of Construction Integrated Marketing at Autodesk helping to shape and grow how Autodesk supports the construction industry. Most recently, she supported the national Innovation group of Skanska USA's construction division, helping to investigate and integrate game-changing tech like virtual design and construction technologies, wearables, IoT/sensors, and drones onto the jobsite. Alli cultivated her career working in disruptive technology as a go-to-market specialist for renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, where she supported numerous initiatives like an AI-based cybernetic artist, the first hand-held reader for the blind, and a longevity company. She also spent six years in architecture, where she shaped niche services for energy-efficient data center design during the advent of cloud computing.
Alli holds a BA in Theatre and Arts Management from Emerson College and an MBA in Innovation and Design Management from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. She was named University of Hartford's Construction Institute Visionary Strategist of 2017, is ranked among Procore's Construction Women Standouts of 2017, and was the Industry Keynote Speaker for the Autodesk BUILD Space opening in 2016. Alli is also a Boston chapter Co-Lead for the Society of Construction Solutions, an organization that brings together the innovation/start-up community with AEC leaders; and the Marketing Steering Committee Leader for the charity CANstruction Boston. When not exploring the next great tech for construction, Alli can be found tending to her herb garden or spending time along the rocky shores of Massachusetts with her husband and young son.
Founder of Bensonwood (1973) and Unity Homes (2012), has devoted his life to developing a better way to build. A key figure in the revival of timber framing in America, he was one of the founders of the Timber Framers Guild of North America (1984) and authored four books on the subject. Through the decades, Bensonwood established itself as a creative leader in timber frame design, engineering, craftsmanship, and CAD‐CAM technology. This work has taken the company to nearly every state in the U.S. (Oklahoma is a holdout), as well as Canada, England and Japan. Today, Bensonwood continues that leadership, pioneering the use of Mass Timber and CLT’s in buildings large and small. After having spent many years with the Benson wood team developing processes, systems, logistics, and technology, Tedd went on to found Unity Homes, now a sister company, with the objective to make high performance homes affordable and normal. Tedd is a nationally known speaker and presenter and is the recipient of many awards, including an honorary doctorate from Unity College, and most recently, The Granite State Award in recognition of his statewide and national influence on best building practices.
David Askey is a founder of startup Ascend Robotics. Ascend is developing part handling systems that intelligently adapt to the customer’s environment. The robots retrieve components, provide production line supply, and automated kitting. He believes that embedded intelligence can enable robots that are inherently safe, accessible, and trainable by anyone.
Prior to Ascend, David was a co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Energid, where he was responsible for key strategic initiatives, guidance, and market development of sensor-driven robotic systems. A core focus was driving the definition and shaping of new products to meet market needs. For the Energid subsidiary, Robai, David provided key product guidance for the Cyton compact robot arms, with particular focus on the industrial production and device testing markets.
He has extensive experience in object tracking, image-based modeling, and video compression. David has held senior positions managing engineering teams, leading technology strategy, and directing R&D at leading technology and imaging companies both in the US and Europe. David has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Russell Loveridge is Managing Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication. He studied civil engineering and architecture, completed his professional degree in Toronto, his MAS Diploma in Architecture at the ETH Zurich, and obtained his doctorate at the EPF Lausanne Switzerland. He has worked professionally in construction and architecture, but also has extensive experience academics and was previously the Research Director at the Laboratory for Architectural Production (LAPA) at the EPFL. His research investigates advanced fabrication methods, smart materials, and novel construction techniques all with a specific interest on how these emerging technologies affect processes of design. Since its inception in 2014 Russell has coordinated the NCCR’s multi-disciplinary team of over 120 researchers, engineers and technical staff, helping to develop one of the most advanced multi-disciplinary research consortium’s worldwide that focus on changing the way we design and build.
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.
Nathan Melenbrink is a Fellow in Computer Science at the Wyss Institute, where his research focuses on swarm robotics for construction. He has taught courses related to design, computation, robotics and CAD/CAM at institutions such as MIT, Virginia Tech, and the University of Hong Kong, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University. His industry experience as an architect and computational designer includes offices such as UNStudio, Playze, and ECADI. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Design Studies in Technology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart.
Form Found Design
Joseph Sarafian is Co-founder and CEO of Form Found Design, a Los Angeles-based company using industrial robots to cast concrete. Their first pavilion, the MARS Pavilion, was built for Amazon in 2017 and has since been relocated to the Architecture and Design Museum in LA. R&D is underway for the next phase of development into an architectural facade system. Joseph is a graduate of USC and UCLA where he met his co-founder, Ron Culver in 2015.
Zak Podkaminer is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Information Technology at Construction Robotics. Zak has held various roles at Construction Robotics, including operations management, marketing, finance, and sales. He has played an instrumental role in helping Construction Robotics become a leader in robotics and automation for the construction industry.
Zak graduated from Bentley College (now Bentley University) with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and minors in Information Technology and International Studies.
Form Found Design
Dedicated to research in emerging technologies, Ron’s work as co-founder of Form Found Design Inc (FFD) covers the invention and ongoing development of groundbreaking approaches to concrete formwork using fabric and robotics. FFD is responsible for the world’s first robotically cast concrete pavilion which has been on display at the Amazon MARS Conference and the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.
Ron holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI- Arc). He is a guest lecturer at UCLA, Orange Coast College, Cal Poly Pomona and guest critic at USC where he also teaches aspiring candidates the intricacies of architecture licensure in California.
Hasier Larrea is a founder & CEO of Ori Inc., a family of intelligent, responsive robotic systems that enable the effortless transformation of interior spaces. In 2017, Larrea was included in the Manufacturing & Industry category of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, an honor the publication calls “the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.”
Before Ori, Hasier led the Architectural Robotics research area at the MIT Media Lab, which focuses on creating a new generation of hyper-efficient and responsive urban spaces by combining the disciplines of Architecture and Engineering. His work on the CityHome and CityOffice projects has been featured in The New York Times, Time, Fast Company, Wired and TechCrunch, among others. His team at Ori is now taking these ideas from the laboratory to the market.
Hasier holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Navarra, Spain and a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.
Nick is a Design Roboticist at the Autodesk Robotics Lab in San Francisco and holds a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He helps to lead robotics research at Autodesk, exploring the future of designing and making in a robotically-enabled world through speculative prototypes and software; he spends weekends skidding through crosswalks on his bike.
A 2017 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree, Fady is the co-founder and partnerships director of MassRobotics; the first and largest robotics/AI startup escalator in the world. He also advises Rewired AI Studio on investment of their $100 million fund. Fady is the first to coin the term "startup escalation" model to identify scaling hardware/tough tech startups.
Fady has been a frequent speaker, judge, panelist and mentor in multiple entrepreneurship organizations and events, and authored numerous articles on investing and innovation. Fady has an educational background in complex systems, management, industrial engineering and design.
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.
Conor Walsh is the founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive robotic technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control of wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines. Example application areas include enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals, restoring the mobility of patients with gait deficits and assisting those with upper extremity weakness to perform activities of daily living. His research group actively engages with industry and multiple technologies have been licensed, and his group has active collaborations with multiple companies including ReWalk Robotics and New Balance.
The Autodesk BUILD Space
The Autodesk BUILD Space is a 34,000-sf facility for innovation in the building industry – a world-class, active workshop and studio for research and development of fabrication, construction, and design methods. The Autodesk BUILD Space – BUILD for Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design – houses leading researchers, students, and practitioners as "BUILD Space Residents" as well as educational and community programs. The BUILD Space supports the exploration of ways in which emerging technologies such as Robotics and Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) can be used in the architecture, infrastructure, engineering, and construction industries to inform design while enabling future project delivery, fabrication, and construction processes. The BUILD Space serves as the physical and intellectual hub that brings together top computational developers and designers, materials and fabrication specialists, and emerging leaders in related fields to foster innovation through functional collaboration.
MassRobotics is an independent, non-profit organization serving as the innovation hub for robotics and connected devices. Through programming and events, MassRobotics helps bring together innovative startups and existing technology organizations to nurture the next generation of talent and promote economic growth and innovation. By working with diverse local talent, they are helping to bring about the next global evolution of robotics.