Wednesday, July 5
10:00 to 1:00 PM
On Wednesday, July 5 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the New England Complex Systems Institute will host a special presentation at our offices located at 277 Broadway in Cambridge, MA. This event will feature a work in progress thesis presentation by NECSI researcher and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) PhD student Mary Katherine Heinrich.
Heinrich's thesis is titled "Methods and Concepts for Self-Organizing and Hybrid Robotic Control in Architectural Design." Her presentation will be followed by an opponent survey and Q&A from Omar Khan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Buffalo. The event will conclude with an open round of questions.
Heinrich studies the potential applications of hybridizing plants with robots in the EU Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project flora robotica, with a particular interest in architecture. Plants have a natural ability to self-organize and grow. Developing robots that can form symbiotic relationships with plants could leverage those natural abilities to form new kinds of structures and buildings.