Inauguration Scissors

The automation of ribbon-cutting for opening ceremony of the lab displays the design of a custom-made dynamic attachments for the end of KUKA robotic arm. The attachment uses a pneumatic linear actuator to integrate with the robotic arm via a digital I/O (input/ output) mapping.

Jorge Tubella
Hector Brignone
Robert Chambers

RDF Lab
Architecture Department
Art + Art History Department

Fabrication & Installations

The geodesic dome assembly showcases the robotic arm’s reach, accuracy, and repeatability. The dome and infill are produced through integration of an algorithmic design with advanced digital fabrication techniques.

Design & Fabrication:
Hadi Alhaffar
Elmer Garcia
Jorge Somarriba

Welding:
Robert Chambers
Hector Brignone

RDF Lab
Architecture Department
Art + Art History Department

Ceramic Forms and Skins

The architectural scale prototype clay tiles showcase the possibilities of using a clay extruder integrated with an industrial robotic arm. The modular ceramic bricks are based on the efficient use of structural forms to save material and create intricate geometries that reflect their purpose.

Julian Ramirez
Marina Mikhaiel
Lauren Grzenda

RDF Lab
Architecture Department
Art + Art History Department

Arduino Drum Installation

This project demonstrates the use of small robotics including Arduino boards and actuators to play an algorithmic music piece written for percussion instruments at the speed which would be difficult for humans to play.

Jorge Tubella
Hadi Alhaffar
Samuel  Joseph Morris
Juan Maurico Garcia
Federico Bonacossa
Randy Sarafan, Actuator System Designer

RDF Lab
School of Music
School of Computing & Information Sciences

Water Wand

An innovative instrument integrating temperature, depth, conductivity, salinity, and GPS sensors designed for the public use during the King Tides events to collect data on water level and pollution. The data is then transmitted via the instrument’s phone application to the scientific community.

Jorge Tubella
Hadi Alhaffar
Fernando Rodriguez
Piero Gardinali
Bradley Schonhoff
Gregory Reis
Emtanis Shoukry

RDF Lab
Department of Architecture
Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology
School of Computing & Information Sciences
Department of Electrical Engineering