ROB|ARCH 2018 invites experts in research, practice and industry to submit proposals for workshops. Access the guidelines for workshop proposals here.




First call for workshops: June 12th, 2017
Second call for workshops: mid-July, 2017
Submission deadline: September 15th, 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE!)
Notifications: September 22nd, 2017
Workshop Proposal Guidelines (Updated 04.09.2017)

ROB|ARCH 2018 will convey a broad spectrum of artistic, scientific and entrepreneurial skills, strategies and principles of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, linked with the aspiration to promote critical approaches, cooperation skills and creative applications not just in individual areas of knowledge, but also beyond. This cross-disciplinary approach complements the transformation processes that robotic research and creative industries are increasingly facing today in a globalised and interconnected world.


As such, the conference and workshops will provide key insights into various theories, techniques and methods of robotic fabrication from a number of areas. It addresses key topics such as collaborative design tools, digitally induced materials, adaptive sensing and actuation, machine learning, human-machine interaction, large-scale fabrication, networked workflows, and most importantly, redefining cross-disciplinary work in an era of global digitalisation and knowledge transfer.


The 2018 workshops will take place at ETH Zurich and are proudly hosted by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, a cross-disciplinary research network leading the development and integration of digital technologies within the field of architecture. Against this background the conference will provide an ideal setting for a series of interdisciplinary workshops pushing the boundaries of the state-of-the-art in robotic fabrication. The ROB|ARCH workshops will allow for hands-on experience with the most current robotic technologies, offer a unique platform for dissemination of new knowledge, and provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and industry leaders to share and exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and create new connections.


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. Please refer to the document ”Workshop Proposal Guidelines” for more information and submission requirements.




• 1 x  KUKA KMR iiwa


• 2 x  KUKA Agilus


• 1 x  KUKA KR 30 (or similar)


• 4 x (poss. collaborative) ABB IRB 4600-40/2.55 (40kg payload), on overhead, running gantry Güdel


system *


• 2 x (poss. collaborative) ABB IRB 4600-40/2.55 (40kg payload) on ABB TrackMotion, linear axis 5 m


(travelling distance excl. carriage) *


• 1 x ABB IRB 4600-40/2.55 (40kg payload), on mobile track platform *


• 6 x Universal Robots UR5 (5kg payload), stationary


• 3 x Universal Robots UR10 (10kg payload), on Güdel track system, vertical linear axis up to 3.8 m


(travelling distance excl. carriage)


• 1 x Universal Robots UR10 (10kg payload), stationary


• 1 x ABB IRB 1600-8/1.45 (8kg payload, 1.45m reach) + Motor Type B Turn Table


* IMPORTANT NOTE: The indicated setups and the use of the accompanying equipment are only available for workshops offered by trained personnel from within the ETH Zurich due to safety and operational measures.