Immersive Kinematics is a Research Group at the University of Pennsylvania directed by professors Simon Kim and Mark Yim. This group is a collaboration between Penn Engineering and Penn Design and expands the roles of architecture and engineering focusing on integrating robotics, interaction, and embedded intelligence in our buildings, cities, and cultures. The group offers a class teaming architecture and engineering students in mechatronic projects.
Developing systems in building design and construction require a new collaboration and new focus on spaces and enclosures that react, think, and have agency. Architectural Design is more than a collection of static parts describing a singular human occupation; Engineering Design is more than the pursuit of minimum and maximum efficiency and constraint-satisfaction. This is the experimental platform in which architects and engineers remake the physical manifestation of intelligence, haptics, and interaction in the design of objects, homes, and communities. The IK lab is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines including urbanism, architecture, industrial design, mechanical, electrical, and computer systems engineering. We welcome you to join the lab to recover and invent the future of the built environment.