CDRF 2023–Phygital Intelligence

The 5th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication

June 24, 2023

CAUP Tongji University + Online

2023 Conference Theme

Architecture is currently facing a physical-digital era that requires a re-consideration and re-assembly of traditional concepts. From digital twins to meta-universes, a series of technological trends have projected the futures of architectural production and inhabitation in the planetary scale. From global warming, geopolitical wars to the pandemic, a series of social and ecological upheavals have also unveiled the urgency to re-define the relationship between globalization and locality.

To proposes new methodologies and new tools within the architectural ontology of the phygital future, we need to fundamentally rethink the boundary between the virtual and the real. What is the future of the relationship between physical space and virtual intelligent technologies? Will they coexist in parallel, or will they integrate and synergize together?

To meet the challenges of the current existential crisis, we also need to fundamentally rethink the relationship between architecture, nature, and human society in this phygital era. Is there a way in which the phygital nature of architectural production and inhabitation could provide a conceptually new model of sustainability as opposed to merely offering more engineering solutions?

As the theme of DigitalFUTURES 2023, Phygital Intelligence intends to promote a series of scholarly dialogues on these technological, social and ecological transformations in architecture. The key objective is to redefine the term “digital twin” and to investigate the role of phygital intelligence in architectural production in all the transcended territories of the virtual and the real, the individual and the collective, as well as the global and the local.


The 5th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2023)provides a global platform for advanced researches addressing Phygital Intelligence in architecture. Among the topics covered by the papers include, but not limited to, architecture theories, tools, methods and procedures in:

Designs: Complex Networks, Multi-agent Systems, Parametric Morphology, AI-augmented generative designs.

Simulation: Computation and Visualization of Carbon Performance, Day Lighting and Building Acoustics, Human Behavior and Comfort, Urban/Building Microclimate.

Optimization: Digital Twin Workflow, Performance-based Form Finding, AI-augmented Design Optimization.

Construction: Architectural Robotics, Digital Customization, Automated Fabrication, and Human-Machine Collaboration.

Operation: City/Building Information modeling, Internet of Things in Built Environment, Blockchain and NFT Architecture.

Inhabitation: Metaverse, Interactive Environments, Dynamic Structure, Ubiquitous Computation and Smart Environment.

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Deadline for Abstract Submission: November 29, 2022

Notification of Abstract Acceptance: December 26, 2022

Submission Deadline for Full Paper: February 10, 2023 February 24, 2023

Notification of Full Paper Acceptance: April 10, 2023

Revised Submission Deadline for Full Paper: May 01, 2023

Conference: June 24, 2023

Submission Guidelines

Papers are peer reviewed in two stages: the abstract and the full paper. Submissions must be original and cannot be submitted simultaneously to another journal or conference. We strongly prohibit plagiarism (including self-plagiarism). During the review process and prior to publication, the originality of the paper will be checked several times. Upon submission, all submissions will be reviewed by the Committee for quality, originality, and relevance.

Abstract:  Approximately 600 words, including the title, 3-5 keywords, 1-3 figures, and key references.

Full paper: A maximum of 10 pages fitting the CDRF paper template (ca. 3000-4000 words)., including the title, abstract, keywords, figures/tables/charts, and references.

Format: PDF.

Language: English.

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In addition to being included in the CumInCAD index, accepted papers will be published by Springer in the Proceedings of DigitalFUTURES—The 5th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2023) in 2023. 

In addition, papers that closely address the conference theme may also be published in the Architectural Intelligence Journal (with an extension and additional review process).


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Past CDRF Conferences:

Hybrid Intelligence CDRF 2022 Youtube Channel

Material Intelligence CDRF 2021 Youtube Channel

Machine Intelligence CDRF 2020 Youtube Channel

Proceedings of the previous conferences:

  • CDRF 2021:
  • CDRF 2020:
  • CDRF 2019: