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Curriculum vitae

My research focusses on novel opportunities for architectural design that emerge when digital information flows across traditional domain boundaries.  My PhD research developed digital methods to support interdependent working across engineering and architectural domains. In my PostDoc I explored the idea that new materials such as composites necessitate new relationships between material and representation, and developed new methods for extending architectural design into material property specification. As an Associate Professor, my research has focussed on architectural robotics, machine learning and sensing, and opportunities to extend processes of design into processes of making through feedback, adaptation, and the transfer of new modelling methods.

Research area

  • Technology and digital design
  • Robotics
  • Machine learning
  • Architecture
  • Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Incremental Sheet Forming

Projects 2011 2017

Complex Modelling

Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., Ayres, P., Nicholas, P., Stasiuk, D., Holden Deleuran, A., Pauly, M. & Gengnagel, C.

01/09/201331/08/2017

Project: Research

The Social Weavers

Nicholas, P.

22/07/201325/07/2013

Project: Other

The Faraday Pavilion

Nicholas, P., Lafuente Hernández, E. & Gengnagel, C.

01/05/201231/07/2013

Project: Research

Research Output 2010 2019

Actuated Textile Hybrids: Textile smocking for designing dynamic force equilibria in membrane structures

Millentrup, V., Ramsgaard Thomsen, M. & Nicholas, P., 2019, Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution : Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 2, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019. Sousa, J. P., Xavier, J. P. & Castro Henriques, G. (eds.). Porto, p. 521-530 10 p. 521

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Haptic Learning: Towards Neural-Network-based adaptive Cobot Path-Planning for unstructured spaces

Rossi, G. & Nicholas, P., 2019, Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution : Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 2, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019. Sousa, J. P., Xavier, J. P. & Castro Henriques, G. (eds.). Porto, p. 201-210 10 p. 280. (ECAADE SIGRADI 2019 Architecture in the age of the 4th Industrial revolution).

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Pneumatically Actuated Material: Exploration of the Morphospace of an Adaptable System of Soft Actuators

Kieffer, L. & Nicholas, P., Oct 2019, ACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecision and infidelity: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. p. 294-301 9 p.

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Predicting and steering performance in architectural materials

Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Nicholas, P., Tamke, M., Gatz, S. & Sinke, Y., 2019, Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution: Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 2, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019. Sousa, J. P., Xavier, J. P. & Castro Henriques, G. (eds.). Porto, p. 485-494 10 p. 150. (ECAADE SIGRADI 2019 Architecture in the age of the 4th Industrial revolution).

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Re/Learning the Wheel: Methods to Utilize Neural Networks as Design Tools for Doubly Curved Metal Surfaces

Rossi, G. & Nicholas, P., Oct 2019, ACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecisionand infidelity: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. p. 146-155 9 p.

Publications: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

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Prizes

Activities 2012 2018

  • 4 Membership in review committee
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Lecture and oral contribution
  • 1 Period visiting other institutions

RobArch 2018: Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design (External organisation)

Paul Nicholas (Member)
2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership in review committee

ACADIA (External organisation)

Paul Nicholas (Member)
2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership in review committee

Masterclass: Stressed Skins - robotic incremental sheet forming

Paul Nicholas (Teacher)
3 Dec 201715 Dec 2017

Activity: Other activity typesPeriod visiting other institutions

structures for straddling domains

Paul Nicholas (Lecturer)
10 Jan 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Transmaterial: Cita's research practice

Paul Nicholas (Lecturer)
25 Jul 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution