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Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction Academic Structure:

The Master Programme in Robotics and Advanced Construction is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through a series of class seminars that are put into practice through hands-on workshops.  IAAC gives students the opportunity to create individual studio agendas and develop Pilot Thesis Projects based on the knowledge acquired during the seminars and workshops split into 3 Modules. In this way, IAAC puts together an experimental learning environment for the training of professionals with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of the construction sector.

The master offers a flexible structure to allow both full time or part-time dedication to the master. Full-time students can complete the programme in 1 academic year (October to July) while part-time students can complete it in 2 academic years. Monthly encounters with professionals and researchers are condensed into one week of seminar lectures and hands-on workshops per month and are combined with online classes and video conference reviews to offer the possibility for students to study from abroad with part-time jobs. Full-time students will have the possibility to develop their own studio and thesis project during the 3 remaining weeks of each month, while part-time students can extend their study over 2 years to complete the studio and thesis project and acquire the master degree.

Students will be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers and lecturers from all over the world, this environment will encourage them to develop collective decision-making processes and materialise their project ideas.

PROGRAMME ORGANISATION

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC), comprises the following elements:

  • Technology – TE (master classes and online seminars)
  • Theory Context and Networking – TH (master classes, guest lecture and readings)
  • Workshop – WS (hands-on intensive seminars)
  • Design and research Studio – ST
  • Professional Visit – RT

Human to Robot, From Digital to Physical – 23 ECTS full time or 15 ECTS part-time

Advances in File to Factory workflow allows for precise and complex constructions. In this new paradigm, the architecture will be mass customised, constructive logic will be encoded, new materials will be introduced and materiality will be programmed.

During this first term, students will explore the possibilities being already offered by digital fabrication and computational design to gain control over the entire process of materialisation from digital to physical, from the human intention to the robot execution. A special focus will be given on the challenges and opportunities raised by Robotic and Additive Manufacturing for construction.

Topics

  • TE – Digitised Production: Automation, Advanced and Additive Manufacturing in Construction
  • TE – Computational design: Parametric models & mass customisation
  • TH – Market opportunity: Needs and Challenges of the Construction industry
  • RT – Industry and Factory visits
  • WS – Robotic Manufacturing
  • WS – Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ST – Robotic Craft in Construction – Design Studio

Robot to Human, From Physical to Digital – 23 ECTS full time or 15 ECTS part time (studio is excluded in the part time students)

Advances in data collection (sensors, drones, …) and analysis (optimisation algorithm, AI, …) allows for better integration of the construction specific challenges such as site monitoring and adaptability, heterogeneous materials,  inventory management, assembly tolerances,  changing climate conditions and team coordination.

During the second semester, students will integrate increasing amounts of data in their workflow, using robotic sensing and digital simulation to get new information of the construction process. Physical computing and analytics will help drive new decision making processes including iterative logics, computational optimisation and artificial intelligence.

Topics

  • TE – Physical computing for construction processes : IIoT, I/O Protocols and Sensors
  • TE – Computational intelligence: Data Processing and Digital Optimisation for the build environment
  • TH – Technology opportunity : Case Study of industry digitalisation and its potential for new applications
  • RT – Technological research centre visits
  • WS – Aerial Drones for construction site and urban analytics
  • WS – Smart Robots : Adaptive Fabrication process
  • ST – Robotic Intelligence in Construction – Research Studio

Robot with Human, Mixed Realities – 29 ECTS full time or 15 ECTS part time (studio is excluded in the part time students)

Advances in Human-Machine Interactions and mixed realities allows for a seamless collaboration between humans and robots in factory and construction sites, taking advantages of the best of both virtual and real world.

During the third semester, students will extend their skills and perspectives towards new devices and strategies that combine existing manual constructive methods with the digital and robotic ones. This new digital craftsmen in factories and construction sites will be the scenario students will use to explore the potential of collaborative robots and Augmented Reality for the construction sector.

Topics

  • TE – Hybrid Realities algorithm: physical simulations and real time workflow for augmented reality
  • TE – Physical computing for Human-Machine Interactions: motion sensing, mobile devices and new interfaces
  • TH – Societal opportunity: how will we work and cohabit with robots? Cultural barriers and potentials.
  • RT – Robotic Labs visits
  • WS – Collaborative robots for Human-Machine Interaction in fabrication
  • WS – Embedded technologies for Augmented Construction Site
  • ST –  Robotic Applications in Construction, Pilot Project Thesis

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

The Master is being developed in close collaboration with industrial partners. Detailed list of partners to be announced.

Industry Partner collaboration within previous IAAC masters editions includes:

  • Tecnalia (Cable Robot)
  • ABB (Industrial Robots)
  • Cricursa (Curved Glass)
  • Ceramica Cummella (Custom Ceramic)
  • Merefsa (Silicone)
  • Santa & Cole (industrial design)
  • Breinco (Concrete product)
  • Eurecat (Technological Center)
  • Design to Production (file to factory process)
  • TallFusta (Wood prefabrication)
  • Acciona (Constructor)
  • Robots in Architecture (Association)

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

IAAC is a leading education and research centre on Robotics and Future Constructions. Some of the latest projects of IAAC following parts of the agenda of the MaRC can be found here:

  1. On Site Robotics
  2. Mataerial
  3. 3d Printed Bridge
  4. Minibuilders

Notes: This programme is subject to change according to technology updates and real case studies by industry partners.

On Site Robotics by IAAC + Tecnalia

Modalities

The programme offers students the possibility of pursuing this Master’s degree through both full-time and part-time* modalities. Specific dates detailed below:

  • Full-time programme: 9 months – From October 2018 to June 2019.
  • Part-time programme:  9 + 9 months – From October 2018 to June 2020.

Qualified* students can also apply for individual modules:

  • Term 1:  3 months – From October 2018 to December 2018.
  • Term 2:  3 months – From Jan 2019 to March 2019.
  • Term 3 : 3 months – From April 2019 to June 2019.

*Note:

  • Terms can be taken separately (if the candidate’s profile and skills allow it).
  • Studio and Thesis can only be done after taking the 3 learning terms.   
  • Seminars and workshop classes requiring physical attendance are held during one week of every month. This format allows people with part-time jobs from abroad to attend the courses.

MRAC IN BRIEF

EDITION: 1st edition

DIRECTORS: Alexandre Dubor and Aldo Sollazzo

DEGREE: Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction

CREDITS: 75 ECTS*

DURATION:

FULL TIME – 9 months – From October 2018 to June 2019.

PART TIME  9 + 9 months – From October 2018 to June 2020.

TUITION FEE:

Non EU 16.000 €

EU 11.200 €

TUITION FEE INDIVIDUAL MODULE: 6.000 €

ADMISSION: Engineering, Design or Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

**accreditation pending