On January 8th, Digital Design and Intelligent Construction, a joint camp co-founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) and Tongji University, opened in the College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji University. Professor Philippe Block of ETH and Professor Yuan Feng of Tongji, as visiting professors of MIT, undertook the overall teaching of the camp at Tongji University.
Participants from MIT and Tongji University were to design and construct large-scale Human-Robot Collaboration arch-shell structures together by making good use of such interdisciplinary knowledge and techniques as programming, structure design, digital construction and robot field assembly and construction. Based on the tools, technology and workflow of three-dimensional modeling, Python-coded digital design, and open source COMPASS, the camp would carry out joint research on constructional engineering and digital construction in robotic environment.
During the camp, two public lectures were to be presented by XIE Yimin, fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, visiting professor at the College of Architecture & Urban Planning Tongji and initiator of Evolutionary Structural Optimization along with Philippe Block, professor from Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH and principal investigator of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.