Vision-Based Flight Behaviour

Strategies for behaviour-based flight are in development that utilise computer vision for adaptive tasks such as line-following.  UAVs endowed with vision capabilities are able to sense and react to objects within their environment, expanding their ability to undertake complex tasks in unchartered environments. 

AADRL AA School of Architecture, London
post-professional masters design research


supervisor:
robert stuart-smith

studio technical consultant:
tyson hosmer
mel sfeir

advisory consultants: AKT2 Structural Engineering

students:
Jingjing Shao
Sujitha Sundraraj
Weinqian Huang
Yuan Feng

Multi-Agent Robot Construction Control Framework: Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (AerialABM)

Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing(Aerial ABM)  is a UK EPSRC funded research that will develop an aerial robotic construction system that enables aerial robots to 3D print building structures autonomously. Additive Building Manufacturing (ABM), is already being trialed in many parts of the world and involves the use of large robots on a building site to 3D Print (extrude) building materials to construct buildings. The research aims to miniaturize ABM and provide it with aerial capabilities so that it can be more mobile, and able to manufacture complex building structures while adapting to diverse site scenarios. This miniaturization will also enable parallel production, where swarms of aerial printers working together could potentially reduce construction time and enable safer construction in hard-to access and dangerous conditions; often faced in construction work at-height and post-disaster reconstruction.  The project is a collaboration between the AML at University College of London,  Imperial College, University of Bath, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. For more information see the AerialABM website.

Aerial Weaving

AADRL Aerial Woven Installation
AA School of Architecture, London
post-professional masters design research

A group of quadcopters design and build a three-dimensional woven structure in real-time utilizing SLAM for localisation. The quadcopters operate in an autonomous and choreographed manner, adapting to the spatial specifics of this environment, which although indoors, was not undertaken utilizing global positioning(such as Vicon or GPS). By fabricating the instalation in-situ, a 3-dimensional weave of threads can be constructed that would not be achievable with conventional factory weaving machines. The ability for aerial robots to adapt construction activities to any siteoffers up new opportunities for architectural design. The design research exploits the structural capability of tension cables to span over large distances, both horizontally and vertically, while maintaining structural integrity. The research explores the possibility of combining structure and space within one design system that is based on principles of connectivity, weaving and bundling, where design and construction are specific to site, and take place in parallel.

supervisor:
robert stuart-smith

studio technical consultant:
tyson hosmer
manos matsis

advisory consultants: AKT2 Structural Engineering

students:
alejandra rojas
karthikeyan arunachalam
maria garcia
melhem sfeir

Multi-Agent Generative Drawing

Multi-agent self-organisation was utilised to develop a series of 'emergent drawings'.  The composition of these drawings is a direct outcome of thousands of autonomous agent-based geometrical entities that individually determine their position, orientation and geometrical interconnection with neighbouring geometrical bodies.

Research Director: Robert Stuart-Smith - Kokkugia.  Research Team: Katya Obedkova, Fellipe Escuadero