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Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction – MRAC

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INTRODUCTION

With the Master in Robotics and Advanced Constructions (MRAC), IAAC seeks to train a new generation of interdisciplinary actors capable of facing our growing need for a more sustainable and optimised construction ecosystem. The Master is focused on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems.

Through seminars, workshops and studio projects, the master programme challenges the traditional processes in the Construction Sector; it investigates how robotics and new digital fabrication tools change the way we build, and develops the Design tools and processes for such new productions methods.

The master offers an international and multidisciplinary environment in which Engineers, Designers, Architects, Craftsmen, Academics and Industry partners must rethink the construction industry. The master will take place in IAAC, a creative space fully equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies, based in Barcelona, an International hub for innovation in a traditionally rich industrial region.

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CONTEXT AND AGENDA

Today’s construction sector calls for change, towards the development of a new approach to our built environment. Growing cities challenge the sector to find better ways to build more and cheaper, while our limited resources on this planet push us towards a more sustainable way to build, inhabit and reuse our constructions. Furthermore, aberration from the mass produced cities indicates the need of a more holistic design, one that integrates the inhabitants diversity of needs and desires.

On the other hand, the construction sector has not yet fully taken advantage of automation and the digital revolution as much as others like the automobile and/or aeroespacial manufacturing. While studies predict that Automation, Robotics and AI will bring a possible increase of productivity by 60% in the construction sector, they also open new opportunities for  design and the increased performance of buildings.

In this context, IAAC proposes a new interdisciplinary Master in an effort to train a new generation of actors capable of answering the challenges of a more sustainable and customised construction ecosystem. Master Candidates can expect to learn about the State of the art in Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing technologies, as well as theory and tools of computational design and artificial intelligence, becoming  fluent in the use of those technologies through a hands-on experiments methodology, a series of workshops and pilot projects with research and industry partners.

With MRAC, students will learn to manipulate and integrate robotic and advanced manufacturing processes;  create and generate parametric design for Mass customisation in connected industry 4.0;  Integrate computer vision and sensor feedback for complex material systems and fabrication processes; explore the potential of computational optimisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning; understand and integrate the potential of autonomous robot systems; develop new application of augmented reality and connected mobile devices; and propose new digital design and building technologies for both prefabrication and on-site construction.

By bringing together international researchers and industry partners from a variety of fields and culture, IAAC aims at creating a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment to rethink the construction sector and train the new generation of professionals capable to having a positive impact on our future built environment and economy.

MRAC IN BRIEF

EDITION: 1st edition

DIRECTOR: Alexandre Dubor

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

* These fields are required.