7th Annual UNSW Computational Design Conference 2023

Conference Details

Date & Time: Friday 18th August, 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: Cox Architecture, 70 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Explore the work of UNSW Bachelor of Computational Design students who play an active role in being at the forefront of Research and Development in computation and computing for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. The research areas explored in 2023 range from VR and AR explorations, robotic fabrication, optimisation and decision support to machine learning or sensor driven design. The exact nature of the research topics are informed by the industry partners. UNSW CoDe would like to thank the industry partners for their involvement with this year’s student projects: Architectus, Aurecon, Bates Smart, BVN, Cox Architecture, Ethos Urban, and HDR.

Keynote Speaker

Alex Dubor

MRAC Director / OTF Co-director / MAA, MAI, OTF Senior Faculty / Robotic Expert

Alex Dubor is a French architect and researcher in the field of digital and robotic production. He is currently the Head of Fabrication & Robotics at the Barcelona Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), where he founded one of the first FabLabs in the world. Here he has realized and led a number of production-related projects using 6-axis industrial robots. The most striking of recent years are projects for large-scale 3D printing of clay materials. Alex is the director of the Master of Science in Robotics and Advanced Construction – MRAC and Open Thesis Platform – OTF.


Professor Tim Schork

Professor of Architecture, QUT

Dr Tim Schork is Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture & Built Environment at the Queensland University of Technology. His research investigates the progressive integration of technology into architectural practice and construction. He received his PhD from RMIT University in 2013 for his research on the transformative effects and contributory role of integrative computational design strategies on the practices of architecture.

Conference Schedule


Time Title Author Industry Partner
12:00 – 12:10 Welcome and Introduction A/Prof M. Hank Haeusler, Cristina Ramos Jaime, Nicole Gardner
12:10 – 12:50 Keynote Lecture Alex Dubor (IAAC)
13:00 – 13:20 Leveraging Large Language Models to Automate the Standardisation of Human-entered BIM Naming Karson Ka Chung Chow Cox Architecture
13:20 – 14:40 Geospatial analysis and interactive mapping for optimizing school constructions sites John Kao
13:40 – 14:00 Automatic wind corridor planning tool Dingwen Chen BVN
14:00 – 14:20 Mapping the Walk: A Computational Design Method for Panoramic Image Processing to Generate Datasets about Pedestrian Path Width Quality. Bojana Pavlovic
14:20 – 14:40 A Computational Design Approach to Post-Occupancy Methods: Sensor-Generated Digital Twins for Long-Term User Occupancy Analysis in Office Evaluation and Interior Design Rebecca Martinez Bates Smart
14:40 – 15:00 Hallway Decongestion: A computational Approach to Classroom Allocations using Congestion Analysis and Genetic Algorithms Kerry Qian Architectus
15:00 – 15:20 Automated Error Detection, Correction and Visualisation During the Clay Fused Deposition Modelling Process using Real-time LiDAR Monitoring. Max Melamed Aurecon
15:20 – 15:40 An Automated Seat Planning Tool for Restaurants Ken Lin
15:40 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:20 Volumetric Shadow Mapping: Generating a Computational Tool for Automated Sunlight Analysis Compliance Gabriella Sasvary Cox Architecture
16:20 – 16:40 Going Green: A Grasshopper workflow for simulating the microclimate benefits of retrofitting urban green roofs Sailor Perrett
16:40 – 17:00 Visualising Sydney’s urban green. A web interface for monitoring vegetation coverage in the Greater Sydney Area between 1992 and 2022 Aaro Lahtinen Ethos Urban
17:00 – 17:20 AI-Based Methods for Public Opinion Mining: Sentiment Analysis and Aspect Extraction of Google Reviews with GPT Evelyn Sung HDR
17:20 – 17:40 Driving agents in the context of robotic furniture Thomas Carroll BVN
17:40 – 18:00 Increasing the Efficiency of Street Lighting by Developing a Computational Design Workflow using Python and Galapagos with Geographic Information System (GIS) Data Kiang Ming Ng
18:00 – 18:20 High Density Sustainable Structural Design Through the Optimisation of Materials Joshua Micallef Aurecon
18:30 – 19:00 A Vehicular Traffic Simulation & Analysis Solution for Urban Project Planning within Grasshopper Martin Ibbett HDR
19:00 – 19:30 Launch Robotic Fabrication Minor / Social Robotics Minor Charlotte Firth & Belinda Dunstan
19:30 – 20:10 Keynote Lecture Prof Tim Schork (QUT)
20:10+ Social Gathering