INTRODUCTION

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) seeks to train a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who are capable of facing our growing need for a more sustainable and optimised construction eco-system. The Master is focused on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems.

Through a mixture of seminars, workshops and studio projects, the master programme challenges the traditional processes in the Construction Sector. It investigates how advances in robotics and digital fabrication tools change the way we build and develop processes and design tools for such new production methods.

The MRAC offers an international and multidisciplinary environment where engineers, designers, architects, craftsmen, academics and industry partners have the opportunity to rethink the construction industry. The master will take place in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, a creative space fully equipped with the most recent manufacturing technologies, in Barcelona, an international hub for innovation in a traditionally rich industrial region.

MRAC IN BRIEF
Edition 2nd edition
Director Alexandre Dubor and Aldo Sollazzo
Degree Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction
Credits 75 ECTS
Duration FULL TIME – 9 months – From October 2019 to June 2020.

PART TIME – 9 + 9 months – From October 2019 to June 2021.

Tuition Fees Non-EU: 16.000 €
EU: 12.800 €
Tuition Fee Individual Module: 6.000 €
Admission Engineering, Design or Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

IAAC’s Master in Robotics and Advanced Constructions (MRAC) mission is to train a new generation of professionals capable of answering the challenges of a more sustainable and customised construction ecosystem.

In order to do so, this new programme relies on a Scientific Committee made up by six members, coming both from the professional and the academic word, who are chosen from among the top international experts of the field.

  • Sigrid Brell-Cokcan (Robots in Architecture ; RWTH Aachen)
  • Kasper Stoy (ITU Robotics, Evolution and Art Laboratory)
  • Roland Snooks (Kokkugia ; RMIT)
  • Fabian Scheurer (Design to Production)
  • Jose Daniel Garcia Espinel (Acciona Innovation)
  • Fabio Gramazio (ETH Zurich, DFab, Gramazio & Kohler Architect)
  • Areti Markopoulou (IAAC’s Academic Director)

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

The programme is structured as it follows:

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)
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.

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 2019 to June 2020.
  • Part-time programme: 9 + 9 months – From October 2019 to June 2021.

Qualified* students can also apply for individual modules:

  • Term 1: 3 months – From October 2019 to December 2019.
  • Term 2: 3 months – From Jan 2020 to March 2020.
  • Term 3 : 3 months – From April 2020 to June 2020.

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.

STUDENT PROFILE

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) is aimed at engineers, designers, architects and craftsmen willing to push the boundaries of robotics and advanced manufacturing. An undergraduate degree in a field related to the above disciplines will be required.

Once successfully finished the master programme, IAAC students will join the IAAC Alumni Community. This is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals spread around the world, promoting the principles and applications of Advanced Architecture, exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading award-winning practices or successful start-ups and working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.

The aim of IAAC is to form graduates who, after the completion of the programme, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments, related to the transformation and management of the construction sector.

3D Printed Bridge - Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction

SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIPS CONTEST

MRAC offers 3 partial scholarships covering 50%, 30%, 20% for the tuition fee of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction. Please read the competition outlines and the terms & conditions below. The awards will be given to the top 3 contestants respectively.

COMPETITION OUTLINE

In a context of demographic explosion, resource scarcity and global warming, the construction sector needs to evolve towards faster, cleaner, efficient and more customisable building systems. On the other hand, the current trend of Industry 4.0 promises groundbreaking technologies: robotics, advanced materials, computational design, AI and cyber-physical systems that could potentially transform the way we design, build and inhabit tomorrow.

Will Industry 4.0 bring us a better-built environment?

We want you to share your visions and experiments of this future, showing the potentials (or challenges) of a cyber-physical construction industry. This year’s competition will bring the focus on wood, a natural material with a long tradition in construction.

What are the untapped potentials of wood that new technologies could unleash for our built environment?

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE

Format – PDF file, A3 format, 3 pages max (max10MB)

Deadline – to be announced

Submission link – to be announced

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All the material must be a result of an unpublished work developed entirely by the candidate, not to be used in other previous occasions – plagiarism will not be tolerated.

  • The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is entitled not to award the scholarship if the projects do not meet the standards set by the institution to be defined by the jury.

  • If awarded, the scholarship cannot be combined with other economic reductions.

  • Scholarships are to be deducted from total tuition fee balance.

  • Unclaimed scholarships could be transferred to the next candidate in the ranking list.

  • Winners accept part of their work/photo to be published on IAAC’s social media channels.

*Please note that in order for your scholarship application to be considered as valid, you must also apply through IAAC’s regular application process in following the instruction described in this link. If you have already applied then send an email to the Applications Coordinator ([email protected]) to communicate that you are also applying for a scholarship.

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Jury will be integrated by master programme Directors, faculty, special guests and professionals coming from the different fields related to the topics of the competition.

WINNERS

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will release the name of the winners on its official website and Facebook page.

FACULTY

Alexandre Dubor

MRAC Director / OTF Co-director / MAA, MAI, OTF Senior Faculty / Robotic Expert

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Aldo Sollazzo

MRAC Director / GSS Director / MAA & CIEE Senior Faculty / Computational Expert

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Laura Ruggeri

MRAC Coordinator / IAAC Global Summer School Coordinator

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Raimund Krenmueller

MRAC Faculty Assistant / Expert in Digital Fabrication & Computational Design

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Roland Snooks

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / MRAC Faculty / Kokkugia / RMIT

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José Starsk Naya Lara

MAA & MRAC Faculty / MAI Unity Tutor

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Ricardo Devesa

MAA Senior Faculty / Theory and Advanced Knowledge

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Angel Muñoz

MAA, MRAC, GSS Faculty / Physical Computing Expert

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Eugenio Bettucchi

MRAC Faculty Assistant / Computational Design Expert

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Kunaljit Chadha

MAI & MRAC Faculty Assistant / MAA Fabrication expert / OTF Fabrication expert

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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

IAAC’s Master in Robotics and Advanced Constructions (MRAC) mission is to train a new generation of professionals capable of answering the challenges of a more sustainable and customised construction ecosystem.

In order to do so, this new programme relies on a Scientific Committee made up by seven members, coming both from the professional and the academic world, who are chosen from among the top international experts of the field.

  • Sigrid Brell-Cokcan (Robots in Architecture ; RWTH Aachen)
  • Kasper Stoy (ITU Robotics, Evolution and Art Laboratory)
  • Roland Snooks (Kokkugia ; RMIT)
  • Fabian Scheurer (Design to Production)
  • Jose Daniel Garcia Espinel (Acciona Innovation)
  • Fabio Gramazio (ETH Zurich, DFab, Gramazio & Kohler Architect)
  • Areti Markopoulou (IAAC’s Academic Director)
Sigrid Brell-Cokcan

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / Robots in Architecture / RWTH Aachen

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Kasper Stoy

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / ITU Robotics, Evolution and Art Laboratory

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Fabian Scheurer

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / Design to Production

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José Daniel García Espinel

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / Acciona Innovation

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Fabio Gramazio

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / ETH Zurich, DFab, Gramazio & Kohler Architect

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Areti Markopoulou

Academic Director / MAA01, MAA02, MaCT Programme Director and Studio Faculty / DMIC Leader / Board of Trustees Member

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Roland Snooks

MRAC Scientific Commitee Member / MRAC Faculty / Kokkugia / RMIT

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