International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing

Invited Speakers

Design Democracy


Branko Kolarevic

Branko Kolarevic, University of Calgary, Canada


Branko Kolarevic is Associate Dean (Academic-Architecture) and Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design, where he also holds the Chair in Integrated Design and is a co-founder of the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). Prior to his appointment at the University of Calgary, he was the Irving Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ball State University in Indiana. He has taught architecture at several universities in North America, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Asia, in Hong Kong. He has lectured worldwide on the use of digital technologies in design and production and has authored, edited or co-edited several books, including “Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture” (with Kevin Klinger), “Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality” (with Ali Malkawi) and “Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing.” He is the past president of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and is the recipient of the ACADIA 2007 Award for Innovative Research. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in design from Harvard University and a diploma engineer in architecture degree from the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia.


Envisaging sustainable globalization


Francesco Jovane

Francesco Jovane, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Author of more than 200 papers, in the field of manufacturing and innovation. Developed and presented, at the CIRP General Assembly in 2003, the “Manufuture philosophy”, that triggered the European Technological Platform Manufuture, followed by 27 National Platforms, and, later, the European “Factories of the Future” PPP Initiative.,Worked for the Italian Ministry of Research on the definition of several National Research Programmes, in the domain of Manufacturing. Promoter and director of the first and largest Italian National Programme on FMS, by CNR. Italian representative within several European Framework Programmes. Eureka High Level Representative for Italy. Co-founder of Eureka Famos and Factory Umbrella Projects, promoter of “Manufuture Industry” Eureka Cluster. Vice-president for Research of the European and Italian Manufuture Technological Platforms. Honorary member of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) Board of Directors. Honorary Fellow and President (2002-2003) of CIRP, The International Academy for Production Engineering. Recipient of SME Sargent Progress Award, for his contribution to Research and Innovation in Manufacturing.

Digital fabrication and the architectural detail


Gabriela Celani

Gabriela Celani, UNICAMP, Brazil


Gabriela Celani holds a BA (1989) and MSc (2007) in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of São Paulo (USP), and a PhD (2002) in Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is presently an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She is the founder of LAPAC, Unicamp’s Laboratory of Automation and Prototyping for Architecture and Construction. Her work focuses on generative design, rapid prototyping, digital fabrication, 3D digitation and automation of the architectural design process. She is a member of the executive board of SIGRADI, the Ibero-american Society of Digital Graphics, and belongs to the scientific committees of several CAAD conferences, such as ECAADE, CAADRIA and DCC, and journals, such as IJAC and Automation in Construction. Gabriela Celani is also an adviser for the Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Unicamp.

Practice in sustainable automotive manufacturing


Giuseppe D’Angelo, FIAT Research Center, Italy

Dr. Ing. Giuseppe D’Angelo, received the Engineer degree in Electronic from University of Napoli in 1989. He joined the FIAT Research Centre in 1990 where he is currently employed. In 1990, he attended the post-graduate courses on Optical Physics at National Institute of Optics (INO) in Florence and on Laser Propagation at Research Institute on Electromagnetic Waves (IROE) in Florence. Since 1992 to 1999, he conducted research on laser technologies and industrial application. Author of 5 patents. Since 2000 to 2010 he led the department – Laser Process Monitoring System (SMPL). He developed advanced signal analysis methodologies based on Time-Frequency Distribution (TFD), Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), Orthogonal Hilbert-Huang Transform (OHHT). Author of 6 patents. Furthermore, he developed advanced image analysis methodologies based on Phase Congruency theory and Monogenic Filters. Author of 4 patents. He is currently leading the department of manufacturing processes. His research interests are focused on the use of ICT for Environmental Sustainability. He is author of more than 30 papers presented at international conferences or published in international journals.

Energy and resource efficient manufacturing: a multi-strategy approach


Joost Duflou, University of Leuven, Belgium

Joost R. Duflou holds master degrees in Architectural and Electro-mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium. After a number of years of industrial experience in different international companies, he has been active as a faculty member at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the KULeuven since 1997. He became a tenured Full Professor in 2012. His principal research activities are situated in the field of design support methods and methodologies, with special attention for Systematic Innovation, Ecodesign and Life Cycle Engineering, and Sustainable Manufacturing. As chairholder of the LVD Chair on Sheet Metal Processing, he also leads a research group focussing on sheet metal oriented manufacturing processes. He is a member of CIRP and has published over 200 international publications. As chair and board member of several spin-off companies and professional associations he contributes to research valorisation and dissemination. More detailed information can be obtained via

Challenges and technologies of the city of tomorrow


Klaus Sedlbauer

Klaus Sedlbauer, Fraunhofer-Instituts für Bauphysik IBP, Germany

University Professor Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Phys. Klaus Sedlbauer, born in 1965. University studies of physics at Ludwig Maximilian Universität (LMU ) in Munich. Since 1992 researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP in Stuttgart and Holzkirchen. Doctorate in 2001. From 2001 to 2003 Deputy Director of the Institute. Summer semester in 2003 Professor at Fachhoch¬schule Rosenheim (Politechnic). Since November 2003 Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and Professor at the Department of Building Physics of Faculty 2 „Civil and Environmental Engineering“ as well as co-opted member of Faculty 1 „Architecture and Urban Planning“ of Universität Stuttgart. Constant member of the Indoor Air Hygiene Commission (IRK) of the Federal Environment Agency since 2003, member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Bundesverbandes für Schimmelpilzsanierung (BSS) (Federal Association of Mould Remedation) since 2004. In June 2004, he was awarded the WTA prize by the International Association for Science and Technology of Building Maintenance and Monuments Preservation (WTA). In November 2005, he was awarded the prize of honour of the Chamber of Commerce of Münster in recognition of his engagement in the cooperation of science and trades. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Senate of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Co-founder of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Nomination as spokesman of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in 2008.

Design Prototyping = Design Construction


Lawrence Sass

Lawrence Sass, MIT, USA

Larry is an architectural designer and researcher exploring digital design and fabrication across scales. As an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, Larry has taught courses specifically in digital fabrication and design computing since 2002. He earned his PhD ‘00 and SMArchS ’94 at MIT, and has a BArch from Pratt Institute in NYC. Larry has published widely, and has exhibited his work at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.
Larry’s research builds on his belief that hand crafted, hand operated construction will soon be a thing of the past, and that in the future, buildings will be printed with machines run by computers. He proposes that the practice of architecture must incorporate new and emerging means of machine operation within fields of design and construction, and that these changes require the development of a new knowledge base for design where designers will plan a larger role in the delivery process. The challenge for architecture schools and the profession will be the development of new research and teaching agendas related to creative digital design and fabrication across scales – from furniture to skyscrapers. Larry will share findings from current research projects, including large-scale prototyping of design artifacts from CAD data, and digitally fabricated houses.

Sustainable work for a human centred manufacturing


Marco Santochi, University of Pisa, Italy

After a career at the University of Pisa, Marco Santochi is full professor of Manufacturing processes at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa since November 1st,1990. Head of the department of Production Engineering of the University of Pisa since 1997 to 1998 , he has been head of the department of Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering since 2006 to 2010. His research activity covers various areas like sensors for cutting process monitoring, adaptive controls for machine tools, Computer Aided Process and assembly/disassembly Planning, robotized precision assembly, disassembly of end of life consumer products, microgeometry and integrity of machined surfaces, microassembly. He is author of more than 100 papers presented at international conferences or published in international journals and Fellow of the International society for nanomanufacturing. Marco Santochi has been member of scientific committees of several conferences and currently member of the editorial board of the CIRP International journal for manufacturing science and production. He is Fellow of CIRP (International Academy for production engineering, where he had the role of Technical secretary for ten years and was chairman of the STC Assembly for three years. At present Marco Santochi is the president of CIRP.

Rethink the design for the sustainable innovation


Mario Buono, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy

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Mario Buono became associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture at the Seconda Università degli Studi of Naples in November 2001. He has been vice president of the Department IDEAS – (Industrial Design Environment and History) since 2009 he is coordinator of International phd in Design and Innovation, and since 2005 he is member of the Scientific Board of the Interdisciplianrty Center of Services – Ri.A.S. He has held various positions such as Industrial Design Researcher, Phd doctorate, CNR fellowship researcher, architect, and scientific supervisor of several projects of applied research financed by PON and MIUR on product and design innovation aimed towards territory valorization. As Scientific supervisor he has worked on several internationalization research projects ‐ Euromedsys e Euromedsys II; Pablo Picasso and the design of ceramics in the artistic production of the Mediterranean, financed by MIUR, in the framework of Italy – Spain Integrated Actions. He has participated in, organized and promoted design related exhibitions and meetings. He is scientific coordinator of the 3 yr industrial project financed by MIUR, Fondo Agevolazioni per la Ricerca ‐ FAR (Research Relief funds) allocated to the new generation of pre‐fabricated systems of eco‐orientated constructions; he is scientific coordinator of the industrial project Fotofun financed by the Ministry of Productive Actions, the results of which were partially published in Design Research Maps – Prospects of university research in Italy 2003‐2007 by Paola Bertola, Stefano Maffei. Research results are currently undergoing the process of industrial and ornamental patenting for the designed components, classified as “Diamond dual tile PV and Diamond mono tile PV”. He is scientific coordinator of the industrial research project Development and Industrialization of a structural system TENSEGRIY for the realization of large lighting fixture covers, financed by the Ministry of Productive Actions; he is scientific coordinator the Department IDEAS of the project Innovative auxiliary system for the interaction of the physically disabled with computer graphic software financed by MIUR in the framework of the project “New technologies and the Handicapped – Research projects for innovation. He promoted, organized and coordinated several workshops on design: he was project manager for the 1st International Workshop Communicating with industrial areas in the Campania region new tools for visibility and communication for the Industrial district of Sant’Agata de’Goti – Casapulla; he coordinated the workshop “Illywords” under the topic “ the beautiful and well made” in collaboration with the students from the Faculty of Architecture of the Seconda Università di Napoli and with the Italian firm Illycaffé; he coordinated the workshop “Scriptures from John 2006” with the subject ”Casablanca” in collaboration with the students from the Faculty of Architecture of the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli. He organized and promoted the international workshop HabitatMed in the frame work of the Research Project Euromedsys II, at the l’Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Sousse (Tunisia). At the present, he combines his research activity on product innovation with his didactic activities teaching Design for innovation at the Laboratory of design of product innovation and industrial design, specialistic projects and product management for industrial.

Nanotechnology: Science or Fiction?


Paulo Jorge Ferreira, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Paulo Jorge Ferreira is currently Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the Director of the Electron Microscopy facility at the Texas Materials Institute. He has a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA and has done his Post-doctoral work at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Electron Microscopy applied to Alternative Energy Technologies. At the educational level, he teaches graduate courses in Nanotechnology and is the Assistant Advisor to the Graduate Program in Materials Science and the University of Texas at Austin. In parallel, he has been involved in initiatives with various american and portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology. He is co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal”; and “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” with co-authors D. Schodek (Harvard University) and Michael Ashby (University of Cambridge, UK). He is also the author of various scientific articles published in international journals. In addition, Prof. Ferreira is part of the Editorial Board of Review of “Metallurgical and Materials Transactions” and he is a regular reviewer for the journals Acta Materialia, Microscopy Research and Technique, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Journal of Materials Research, Applied Physics Letters, Materials Science and Engineering A and Nanotechnology. Prof. Ferreira has also acted as a special advisor to the Minister of Economics and Innovation, Portugal, on Government Strategy for Science & Technology.
His research interests focus on the study of the atomic structure and defect behavior of nanomaterials, used for alternative energy technologies, through in-situ and high-resolution TEM techniques. In particular, I am interested in understanding the relationships between the atomic/nano structure and the properties of nanomaterials, and the fundamental underlying mechanisms of structural and property changes induced by crystalline defects. My experimental work employs various TEM techniques, such as in-situ TEM heating, in-situ TEM nanoindentation, in-situ TEM straining, high-resolution TEM and aberration-free STEM Z-contrast. The focus of the research is in Nanoparticles for Fuel Cells, Batteries and Solar Panels, Nanocrystalline Metals and Metallic Nanoparticles, Copper Nano Interconnects and Carbon Nanostructures.

Informed tectonics in material based design


Rivka Oxman, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Prof. Rivka Oxman from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion holds B.Sc., M.Sc., and D.Sc. degrees from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
Prof. Rivka Oxman has been a Vice Dean at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. She was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, USA, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; and held research appointments at MIT, USA, Berkeley, USA, Salford University, UK and currently spending a sabbatical at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Rivka Oxman is an Associate Editor of Design Studies – the international journal for design research in engineering, architecture, products and systems. She is a member of scientific editorial boards of leading international journals and conferences in the field of design. She was appointed as a Fellow of the Design Research Society (FDRS) for her contributions and established record of achievement in design research, and the attainment of international peer recognition as a researcher of professional standing and competence. She has received the Design Research Society and Elsevier Science Award for the best paper of the year in Design Studies.
She is currently conducting research on theories of digital design and exploring the contribution of digital technologies to novel paradigms in design and architecture. Among recent specific research topics, she is investigating the impact of material-based fabrication technologies on novel models of design tectonics.
Her numerous publications are widely cited recognized and influential. Her recent co-authored book “The New Structuralism: Design, Engineering and Architectural Technologies” is a special issue of AD: Architctural Design published by John Wiley, 2010. A forthcoming co-authored book on “Theories of the Digital in Architcture” is published by Taylor and Francis and scheduled to appear at 2014.
She has been invited to deliver keynote lectures around the world. She has been invited to deliver keynote lectures around the world in leading conferences, including USA: ACADIA 2000; Europe: CAAD Futures 1997 and 2011; South America: SIGRADI 2004 and 2009; Australia: CAADRIA 2011; as well as invited lectures at numerous universities and research institutions.

Interactive facades and the future of spatial media


Robert Miles Kemp, Variate Labs, USA

One of today’s visionary thought leaders in interactive architecture and user experience, Miles has worked at the intersection of digital media, physical architecture and human interaction design for nearly two decades. Miles is the president of award-winning Variate Labs and is currently working on new projects that push the boundaries of interaction design in spatial environments.
Miles has worked on over a hundred projects spanning robotics, architecture, products, vehicles, user experience, software development and video game design. His career includes designing more than sixty built structures, ranging from homes to skyscrapers, and creating next-generation experiences for web, mobile, broadcast and other emerging interactive platforms. In the past, he has worked with many clients, including ABC, Blockbuster, BMW, BBC, Disney, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Target, Televisa, Time Warner and many others.
Miles continues to be an active member of the design and development community through speaking events, publications and online media. In 2009, Miles co-wrote, Interactive Architecture, published by Princeton Architectural Press, the first comprehensive view of the history, present-day and future of interactive space. Miles also maintains the technology blog, Spatial Robots that discusses the future of technology in interactive environments. Widely recognized across many industries for his expertise, Miles has been featured in dozens of international publications and has been a keynote speaker at many conferences, spanning architecture, robotics and interactive media design.
Miles has a Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park.