Registrations for the ROB|ARCH 2018 workshops and conference are now open. read more>>

ROB|ARCH 2018: Radical Cross-Disciplinarity will be featuring cutting-edge works from research and practice with cross-disciplinary trajectories. read more>>
NEW WORKSHOP AVAILABLE! ROB|ARCH 2018 will feature hands-on workshops on robotics in architecture and construction by bringing experts in research, practice and industry together. read more>>
Panel Discussions
The ROB|ARCH 2018 conference will be featuring two lively panel discussions joined by a cross-disciplinary group of leading experts. read more>>
WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCE SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE! The ROB|ARCH 2018 workshops and conference will take place between September 10th–14th at ETH Zurich Hoenggerberg Campus. The preliminary schedule for the workshops is now announced. read more>>
The ROB|ARCH 2018 conference will be featuring keynotes by Chris Luebkeman, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Philip F. Yuan and Jonas Buchli in addition to 37 paper presentations and panel discussions including respected experts. read more>>
Digital Concrete 2018
The 1st RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication will be held directly before the ROB|ARCH 2018 conference. read more>>
We offer a number of excursions and guided tours on Saturday, September 15th. Sign up now! Read more >>

Rob|Arch 2018 Call for Videos: Results

For this Rob’Arch’s Call for Videos, we have received nearly 80 submissions with a total length of 3:52h, i.e. longer than the Lord of the Rings movie! Out of those videos, we have selected 47 videos to be displayed at Rob|Arch 2018 and online, resulting in a 60% acceptance rate.

The list of ACCEPTED submissions can be found below. We are still sorting out some missing documents etc., so the list may slightly grow over the course of the week. If you have got questions or would like feedback, please get in touch with Note that the affiliations below may have been shortened. The full affiliations as provided by the authors are of course part of the video description.

We greatly appreciate your many, great videos!

3D Printing Concrete on Curved Surfaces, Tsinghua University
Automated Manufacturing and Assembly in Construction, Autodesk
Bending-Active Lamination for Spatial Timber Structures, ITECH Stuttgart
Brick Labyrinth Garden, Tsinghua University
Cable Robot 3Dprinting, IAAC
Communication Landscapes, TU Darmstadt
Concrete Hybridity, TU Delft
Cyber Physical Macro Material, ICD Stuttgart
Design & Build 2018, AA EmTech
Design Miami Pavilions: Flotsam & Jetsam, SHoP
Digital Adobe, IAAC
Digital Composites, ETH Zurich
Digital Igloo, University of Auckland
Dry Joint Column, TU Braunschweig
Engaging Formations, University of Innsbruck
Filigree Robotics, KADK
Free-Oriented Additive Manufacturing, CMU, PUM
Freezing the Field, University of Virginia
Gradual Assemblies, ETH Zurich
Material Networks, Architectural Association
Mesh Mould and In situ Fabricator, ETH Zurich
Musical Robotic Facade, IAAC
Parsimony, Charles Aweida
Penelope Pavillon, DREAM FabLab
po_prostej ceramics, Poznan School of Form
Pop-Up Factory, HENN
Refractions, UfG
Robot Assisted Assembly, IP RWTH
Robotic Fabrication for Craftsmanship, RobotFaber
Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA), Cornell et al.
Robotic Needle Felting, University of Michigan
Robotic Thermoformed Acoustic Panels, Perkins+Will, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sewn Timber Shell, ICD, Tongji
Shell Polyhedra, University of Virginia
Spatial Timber Assemblies, ETH Zurich
Stochastic Assembly, Princeton University
Stressed Skin 2.0, UTS, KADK
Systems Reef, University of Sydney, BVN
Sunny Side Up, AATB
Thallus, ZHA
Timber Wave, ICD et al.
Traces of Making, Cornell
upper: self – spatialized material, Poznan
Upsilon, Southeast University
Wood Upcycling, IAAC


Every two years, as part of the Rob|Arch conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, we send out a Call for Videos and publish the best submissions on the Robots in Architecture Vimeo channel. As part of this year’s Rob|Arch we are again asking architects, designers, researchers, artists and anyone else working with robots in a creative way to submit their videos as part of the Rob|Arch 2018 Call for Videos. Accepted videos will also be publicly shown to an expert-audience at the Rob|Arch 2018 conference in Zurich.


You can find the guidelines for preparing and submitting your video as well we as the submission link here.


We invite everyone to submit a video, including authors of Rob|Arch 2018 papers who want to showcase their projects!


We are proud to announce that Rob|Arch 2018 will be featuring Chris Lubkeman (Arup Foresight), Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (CITA, KADK), Philip F. Yuan (Tongji University/Archi-Union) and Jonas Buchli (ETH Zurich) as keynotes in addition to over 35 paper presentations and panel discussions. For more information on our keynotes, visit


The preliminary schedule for the workshops and conference is also now available on


Rob|Arch 2018 team.

Deadline Extension: March 9th

The submission deadline for the full papers has been extended until March 9th, 2018 – Midnight CET!

We’re very much looking forward to your submissions, please take care to follow the submission guidelines and contact us if you have got any questions!

Rob|Arch 2018 team

CALL FOR PAPERS: Full papers due March 2nd, 2018!

ROB|ARCH 2018 now invites researchers and practitioners to submit papers until March 2nd, 2018! Works with strong cross-disciplinary trajectories that actively integrate experts from multiple fields are highly encouraged.



The advent of robotics in the creative and construction industries has led to an amazing revolution, changing not just how things are designed and made, but also transforming knowledge cultures, politics and economics that surround them. As such, the ROB|ARCH 2018 conference – hosted by the NCCR Digital Fabrication and ETH Zurich – will continue this path, developing and revealing novel insights, applications and impacts of this transformation within the scientific, creative, and entrepreneurial domains, including, for example, architecture, structural design, civil and process engineering, art and design, and robotics. A particular focus lies upon cross-disciplinary approaches and applications, providing state-of-the-art knowledge, techniques and methods of robotics not just in individual areas of exploration, but also beyond. These ideals aspire to complement the transformation processes of emerging robotic research and applications, and to redefine cross-disciplinary work in an era of global digitalisation and knowledge transfer. Key topics and issues of ROB|ARCH 2018 include autonomous control systems, advanced construction, collaborative design tools, computerised materials and structures, adaptive sensing and actuation, on-site and cooperative robotics, machine-learning, human-machine interaction, large-scale robotic fabrication and networked workflows.

For more information on submission guidelines and schedule, visit our submissions and schedule pages.

Deadlines for paper and video submissions announced (updated)!

The schedule for paper and video submissions for ROB|ARCH 2018 conference is now online. More information on the this year’s conference theme and submission guidelines for papers will follow the first call for papers on September 29th.



Call for papers: September 29th

Abstracts due: February 16th, 2018 (optional)

Full papers due: March 2nd, 2018

Notifications: April 28th, 2018



Call for videos: April 27th, 2018

Videos due: July 30th, 2018

Notifications: August 31st, 2018


Make sure you save these dates! We look forward to receiving your works!

ROB|ARCH 2018 team


ROB|ARCH 2018 accepts proposals for workshops until September 8th!

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for two-day OR three-day workshops, which will be held September 10th – 12th, 2018. Workshop proposals with strong cross-disciplinary trajectories that actively integrate experts from multiple fields are highly encouraged, e.g. in the form of collaborative experimentation, complementary fields of knowledge, combination of various technologies, etc, leading to exciting practical work and other outputs with high impact potential.


Detailed information on the 2018 workshops and submission requirements can be found in the workshop proposal guidelines.


We look forward to receiving exciting workshop proposals from cross-disciplinary teams until Friday, September 8th!


ROB|ARCH 2018 team