Robotic Fabrication: Sensing in Additive Construction

1st October, 2021

Main Organizers

ETH Zürich

Architect and digital fabrication researcher, currently part of an interdisciplinary construction robotics team, focusing on robotic plaster spraying, an on-site, adaptive thin layer printing process.

ETH Zürich

Engineer with a background in geodesy, industrial metrology and 

measurement systems. He works on robot control and guidance for digital fabrication based on geometric feedback systems.



ETH Zürich

Roboticist with research focus on SLAM, high-accuracy localization and mobile robotic building construction.


ETH Zürich

Architect with research interests in computational
design, robotic fabrication and material innovation.


ETH Zürich

Architect and digital fabrication researcher working on innovative ways of processing and shaping concrete without the need for traditional formwork.  


The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Roboticist with research focus on cable-driven robots and construction robotics.



Roboticist working on design, engineering and prototyping of industrial solutions to realize high value added products.



Recent advances in robotic technologies in architecture and civil engineering are pushing the development and integration of sensing solutions, allowing the quasi-real-time adaptation of building processes. Sensing is gradually enabling the handling of unknown or imprecise geometries and unforeseen construction errors and allow for quality inspection during and after the fabrication processes. Various experts from the fields of robotics, architecture and sensing systems need to collaborate to design the methods of tomorrow. Bringing these disciplines together, our primary goal in this workshop is to enable a fruitful discussion and a dialogue between experts, addressing a variety of topics.

Mobile Manipulation

Motion Planning

High-Accuracy Localization

Industrial Robotics

Autonomous Robotic Systems

Dexterous Manipulation

Cable-Driven Robots


3D Concrete Printing 

Spray-Based 3D Concrete Printing 


Digital Materiality

Simulation of Material Processes

Analytical Models

Optimization of Fabrication Processes


Computer Vision

Real-Time Perception

High-accuracy 3D Sensing

Quality Inspection


Laser Scanning

Tactile Sensing

Sensor Selection


Keynote Speakers


Carnegie Mellon University

Architectural educator
conducting applied research at the intersection of construction culture and robotic technology. Focuses on augmented construction and design systems combining the best of human skill, algorithmic translation, and robotic automation.


ETH Zürich

Background in computer vision for robotics, focusing on real-time perception for small
aircraft, as some of the most challenging platforms for robotic perception. In her current work, she is
investigating robustness and efficiency of SLAM techniques. She is particularly active in robotic construction.


ETH Zürich

Architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational
design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. Together with Prof. Matthias Kohler, opened the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich.

Canvas Construction

Co-founder and CTO of Canvas Construction, an innovative company specializing in
construction robotics.
During her research at MIT she worked on designs ranging from high precision laser communications satellites to centimeter-scale robots to all-fluidic high-compliance robotic manipulators.


Loughborough University

Background in the field of additive manufacturing in construction. His research projects made a significant contribution to initiating an entirely new field of research, ‘3D Concrete Printing’ (3DCP). This work pioneered ‘as good as cast’ concrete component manufacture for off-site fabrication based on additive principles.



Co-founder and CEO of OKIBO, a company developing intelligent, mobile, multi-purpose and autonomous robots, equipped with cutting edge sensing solutions, for use in construction sites. His background is in computer and electrical engineering
as well as robotics.


The Chinese University of Hong Kong

His research focus on cable-driven robots and construction robotics, as well as the study of kinematics, dynamics and control of complex robotic
mechanisms, such as redundantly actuated and cable-driven manipulators.



Focuses on the design, engineering and prototyping up to TRL 7 industrial solutions integrating advanced process
chains to realize high value added products. She has been working in cooperation with industrial stakeholders operating in the
manufacturing value chain.

TU Berlin

Background in developing autonomous robotic systems, dexterous manipulation and interactive perception. His research focuses on algorithmic foundations required to enable robotic agents to autonomously perform complex tasks in dynamic and unstructured environments.

TU Braunschweig

Background in computer vision, photogrammetry, and survey engineering for construction applications. His current research work focuses on development of sensing technologies and automation for additive manufacturing in construction processes, such as shotcrete 3D printing.


Nanyang Technological University

Background in advanced construction materials, self healing concrete and 3D printable concrete, as well as life cycle assessment of civil infrastructures. His research interests include spray-based 3D concrete printing (S-3DCP).


ETH Zürich

Works in the development of innovative measurement systems and analysis methods for highly accurate positioning, navigation, and monitoring of structures. His research focuses on rigorous quality control and simulation based optimization of measurement processes.

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Live Session

1st OCTOBER 2021 @ 4pm (CET)

4pm - 4:15pm

Opening Session

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Panel Discussion

5:15pm - 5:45pm

Paper Session

5:45pm - 6pm

Closing Remarks

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Open-Call for Short Papers

Deadline: 10 August 2021 (AoE)

Content: Topics covered by the workshop (see section About), i.e. additive fabrication, sensor systems, and robotic applications for construction. Submitted contributions can describe work in progress, preliminary results, novel concepts, or applications in industry. Submissions from both academia and industry are highly recommended.

Format: Please submit a PDF file with max. 3 pages (A4) using the standard IROS/IEEE RAS two column template and the corresponding instructions.



The authors of the selected papers will be notified on 1 September 2021 by email. They are expected to give a brief talk (2-3 min) and to present an A0 poster during the live session.

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