sg2018 conference


Smartgeometry is holding our yearly Workshop + Conference, this year entitled sg2018:Machine Minds, at Toronto University, from 7-­12 May 2018. The sg2018 Workshop and Conference is a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design and engineering.



David Benjamin is Founding Principal of The Living and Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. His work focuses on expanding the definition of environmental sustainability through the frameworks of biology, computation, and a circular economy. He and the firm have won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the AIA New York, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recently, Benjamin appeared in Rolling Stone as one of “25 People Shaping the Future,” and The Living was ranked third on Fast Company’s list of World’s Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms. Clients include the City of New York, Seoul Municipal Government, Google, Nike, 3M, Airbus, BMW, Miami Science Museum, and Björk. Recent projects include the Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (a new building for research on robotics and IoT), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).


Dimitrie Stefanescu is a Marie Curie Fellow (ESR) at The Bartlett UCL, where he is creating open source tools and protocols for integrative design communication in the AEC industries. His current efforts revolve around, an open source (MIT) initiative for developing an extensible AEC data communication protocol and platform. Find him on twitter or linkedin.


Christian Derix is director of SUPERSPACE, Woods Bagot's design research group. SUPERSPACE designs human-centric spatial environments simulating user-experiences using artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He has been a global leader in computational design, developing user-centric spatial systems since the 90s and has been researching and teaching at various European universities, recently completing visiting professorships at Technical University Munich, Germany and University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.


Daniel Davis originally trained as an architect in New Zealand, he is a Lead Researcher at WeWork, specializing in understanding the future of the workplace. He holds a PhD in computational design from RMIT University and writes for ARCHITECT Magazine.



Mickey McManus is a research fellow in the Office of the CTO at Autodesk as well as principal and chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab. He is a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design, and education. In 2012, he coauthored the book "Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology," a field guide to the future, when computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment.


Kate Jeffery is Director of the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator.


Elissa Ross is a partner at Mesh Consultants and a visiting researcher at the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences. At MESH she is working to develop a new tool for computational design, prototyping and geometry-rich app generation. Previously, Elissa was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Graham Taylor leads the Machine Learning Research Group at the University of Guelph. He is interested in statistical machine learning and biologically-inspired computer vision, with an emphasis on deep learning and time series analysis.


Raffaello D'Andrea is a Canadian/Italian/Swiss engineer, artist, and entrepreneur. He is professor of dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich. He is a co-founder of Kiva Systems (now operating as Amazon Robotics), and a founder of Verity Studios. He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four time world champions at the annual RoboCup competition. He is a new media artist, whose work includes The Table, the Robotic Chair, and Flight Assembled Architecture.