Kensuke Hotta studied architecture at Kyoto and Tokyo University, Japan and at the Bartlett School, London and is currently a Chief Executive Officer at Shari Design. He has received a scholarship from Union Foundation and has won numerous prizes at international competitions. He regularly lectures at various private and public events. His favourite food is a queen crab.
George Jeronimidis, Michael Weinstock
This project introduces a new strategy for robotic architecture as an intelligent system, consisting of both autonomous and subservient schemes that maintain a constant homeostasis within its contained environment. Information flow between Genetic Algorithms (GA) and user input prompt this hybrid system to output the consequent, ever-changing physical form. The hardware is an accumulation of self-sufficient machines dedicated to the actions of sensing-calculating-actuating. Each makes its own simple decisions, which collectively turn into a larger problem-solving machine that simultaneously takes central orders into account. As a case study a machine organized using tensegrity-based components of variable forms was proposed. A physical model of this machine has been built and tested via the electrically controlled and wirelessly connected microcomputer chip Arduino. PhD completed 2014.