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A. Liu Cheng, H. Bier, and G. Latorre publish a paper on Actuation Confirmation and Negation via Facial-Identity and -Expression Recognition

A. Liu Cheng, H. Bier, and G. Latorre publish a paper on Actuation Confirmation and Negation via Facial-Identity and -Expression Recognition

Alexander Liu Cheng, Henriette Bier, and Galoget Latorre publish a paper on Actuation Confirmation and Negation via Facial-Identity and -Expression Recognition on occasion of the IEEE 3rd Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting 2018 (http://sites.ieee.org/etcm-2018/) conference held in Cuenca, Ecuador (15-19 Oct. 2018).

Abstract

This paper presents the implementation of a facial-identity and -expression recognition mechanism that confirms or negates physical and/or computational actuations in an intelligent built-environment. Said mechanism is built via Google Brain’s TensorFlow (as regards facial identity recognition) and Google Cloud Platform’s Cloud Vision API (as regards facial gesture recognition); and it is integrated into the ongoing development of an intelligent built-environment framework, viz., Design-to-Robotic-Production & -Operation (D2RP&O), conceived at Delft University of Technology (TUD). The present work builds on the inherited technological ecosystem and technical functionality of the Design-to-Robotic-Operation (D2RO) component of said framework; and its implementation is validated via two scenarios (physical and computational). In the first scenario—and building on an inherited adaptive mechanism—if building-skin components perceive a rise in interior temperature levels, natural ventilation is promoted by increasing degrees of aperture. This measure is presently confirmed or negated by a corresponding facial expression on the part of the user in response to said reaction, which serves as an intuitive override / feedback mechanism to the intelligent building-skin mechanism’s decision-making process. In the second scenario—and building on another inherited mechanism—if an accidental fall is detected and the user remains consciously or unconsciously collapsed, a series of automated emergency notifications (e.g., SMS, email, etc.) are sent to family and/or care-takers by particular mechanisms in the intelligent built-environment. The precision of this measure and its execution are presently confirmed by (a) identity detection of the victim, and (b) recognition of a reflexive facial gesture of pain and/or displeasure. The work presented in this paper promotes a considered relationship between the architecture of the built-environment and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) embedded and/or deployed.

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22 September Henriette Bier is invited speaker at the Crossing Parallels’ session of Today’s Art festival

22 September Henriette Bier is invited speaker at the Crossing Parallels’ session of Today’s Art festival

She will present the Variable Stiffness chaise-longue recently developed with 4TU funding in collaboration with TUE, EPFL, and industry partners 3D Robot Printing, and 010Works.

http://todaysart.nl/2018/program/crossing-parallels/

http://www.roboticbuilding.eu/project/variable-stiffness/


Panelists and visitors at Crossing Parallels session of Today’s Art, where the main topic was on opportunities and challenges of collaborative projects.

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The first volume of AE Springer Book Series edited by Henriette Bier is available online: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70866-9

The first volume of AE Springer Book Series edited by Henriette Bier is available online: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70866-9

While architecture and architectural production are increasingly incorporating aspects of non-human agency employing data, information and knowledge contained within the (worldwide) network connecting electronic devices, the relevant question for the future is not if but how robotic systems will be incorporated into building processes and physically built environments (Bier 2013) in order to improve everyday life. The first book of the Adaptive Environments (AE) series on Robotic Building (RB) aims to answer this question by critically reflecting on the achievements of the last decades in the application of robotics in architecture and furthermore outlining potential future developments and their societal implications.

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70866-9

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Final review H8:A

Final review H8:A

Workshop at H8:A participants presented on 26/5 three projects: One using physical motion to define the position of digital objects within a virtual space, the other one using physical muscle contractions and arm orientations / motions to select and move digital objects within a virtual space, and the last one light-sensitive sensors to control the pixilation and fragmentation of a displayed digital image.

Project 1

Project 2

Project 3

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Dr Gennaro Senatore lectures on “Adaptive Structures: Infinitely Stiff, Extremely Slender, Ultra-Light Weight”

Dr Gennaro Senatore lectures on “Adaptive Structures: Infinitely Stiff, Extremely Slender, Ultra-Light Weight”

May 12th, 2017 – 12:15 @ Protospace, TUD

Designing structures with minimal environmental impact is now a serious concern in the construction sector. Active control has been used in civil engineering structures for a variety of purposes. The most widespread application so far has been in vibration control. The potential of using adaptation to save material mass has been investigated by some but whether the energy saved by using less material makes up the energy consumed through control and actuation is a question that has so far received little attention.
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PhD review of Alex Liu Cheng

PhD review of Alex Liu Cheng

PhD candidate Alexander Liu Cheng undergoes his Go/No Go evaluation (23.03.2017) before his Supervisors, viz., Prof.ir. Kas Oosterhuis and Dr.-Ing. Henriette Bier; and External Reviewers, viz., Prof. Dr. Keith Evan Green (Cornell University) and Dr. Holger Schnädelbach (University of Nottingham). The Go/No Go evaluation is the mandatory first-year evaluation of the candidate’s undertaken work and corresponding results. It is intended as a mechanism to ensure quality, pertinence, and appropriate levels of innovation expected of doctoral work.
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