In the upcoming semester, we will build an IoT-enabled shake table within the course “Scientific Working in Computational Engineering”, which will serve as a practical exercise to learn scientific working and scientific writing. Furthermore, we will offer the well-established course “Engineering Informatics” for the first time at TUHH. In summary, the following courses will be offered in the upcoming semester. There are still places available. Please enroll via Stud.IP.
The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) is funding a research project on innovative and knowledge-based neighborhood development for energy- and resource-efficient living ("Innowater"). The project, focusing on intelligent water supply for urban greening through AI and IoT technologies, is a joint effort of several universities, associations, and industrial partners, coordinated by Bauhaus University Weimar (Professor Silvio Beier). Project partners and associated partners, besides Bauhaus University Weimar, are Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, JENA-GEOS GmbH, HVG GmbH, Vivawest GmbH, and Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband.
Further information may be found at the project website.
It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Judith Fauth, who joins the IDAC team. Dr. Fauth's teaching and research activities will focus on digital building permitting and process management, using ontologies and building information modeling for knowledge and information representation. She received her PhD in 2021 and has been active at Fraunhofer Italia Research and in the construction industry. We are very happy to welcome Dr. Fauth to the team!
On September 13 and September 14, 2022, the kick-off meeting of the Priority Program (SPP) 2388 took place at Dresden University of Technology. The SPP, in which Professor Smarsly is a member of the group of initiators, is entitled "Hundred plus" and receives EUR 7.2 million for the first three-year funding period. At the kick-off meeting, 50 scientists of 20 projects of the SPP have discussed research concepts to advance the current monitoring and maintenance strategies for civil infrastructure.
We would like to draw your attention to the courses we will offer next semester. In particular, we will offer the course "Engineering informatics" for the first time at TUHH, which will be taught in German language ("Bauinformatik"). The course will include important topics that are relevant to digitalization in civil engineering, such as object-oriented modeling and database systems. Moreover, we would like to point out that the course "Digitalization and sustainability in AEC" will again be offered. Enjoy the trailer!
We are happy to welcome Ms. Heba Al-Nasser, who has joined the IDAC team as a PhD student on September 1, 2022. Focusing on artificial intelligence and smart sensors, Ms. Al-Nasser will conduct basic research on explainable fault diagnosis for smart cities, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Before joining IDAC, Ms. Al-Nasser has been working as a structural engineer in companies in Germany and in Jordan. Welcome to the team!
The School of Civil Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology and the School of Civil Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, are happy to announce the agreement for a scientific cooperation, which has been signed by the deans of both schools.
The cooperation has been initiated by IDAC and builds upon a number of joint projects that have been (and still are) successfully conducted by both parties. Joint research projects, exchange of information as well as mutual research visits, workshops, and field measurements will be promoted by the cooperation. Specifically, we will be working together in the areas of cyber-physical systems, structural health monitoring, smart sensors, cognitive buildings, artificial intelligence, and digitalization in engineering. Information on our recent joint research projects may be found here and here.
The Northern German Broadcasting (NDR) has visited IDAC to produce a TV report covering our research on construction robotics. The video may be found here. As a special feature, we have assembled some "behind-the-scenes" of the video production that you may enjoy on our Instagram or Twitter account.
The German Press Agency (DPA) has visited the Institute of Digital and Autonomous Construction to report on our research in the fields of digitalization in civil engineering. The DPA video can be found here. Online articles based on the DPA material may be found in several newspapers and news websites, such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, RTL, and Die Zeit (online article).
Today, Professor Smarsly and the project partners have presented the CoMoTH project to the Minister of Health of the Free State of Thuringia, Heike Werner. In the CoMoTH project, which is coordinated by Professor Beier (Bauhaus University Weimar), we are developing a SARS-CoV-2 monitoring system for wastewater using artificial intelligence. By using wastewater, we are several days quicker in analyzing the pandemic situation, as compared to taking the number of COVID-19 cases reported to health authorities as a basis.
In the IDA-KI project with its total volume of € 3.85 million, algorithms are being developed for automated analysis and assessment of monitoring data, to be validated on a real research bridge. On Friday, July 15, 2022, the first large project meeting took place at the Institute of Concrete Structures at Dresden University of Technology, in which several IDAC members were actively involved. The results of the individual work packages were discussed, followed by a visit of the new Bosch wafer fab. We would like to thank the Institute of Concrete Structures at Dresden University of Technology for the excellent organization and all participants for the valuable discussions.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a research project on quality assurance of digital twins based on mathematical abstraction and tangle-based blockchain architectures. The project is part of the DFG priority program SPP 2388 entitled "Hundred plus - Extending the Lifetime of Complex Structures through Intelligent Digitalization". Please apply here to fill the new position. Expertise in the following areas relevant to the project will be required: Taxonomic representations, formal logic, relational algebra, categorical ontology protocols, type theory, diagrammatic semantics, and tangle-based blockchain architectures.
Project website: http://www.tuhh.de/idac/digital-twin-quality-assurance.html
We would like to draw your attention to our open topics that are available for M.Sc. and B.Sc. theses, to be found through the link below. In particular, it is our pleasure to offer two very exciting topics that we have just defined together with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). The topics include (a) mobile robots and material-integrated sensing (mathias.worm(at)tuhh.de) and (b) swarm robotics with nano-quadcopters (jan.stuehrenberg(at)tuhh.de). When you are interested in conducting a thesis in these fields, please contact the beforementioned individuals for further information.
The IDAC team warmly welcomes Dr. George D. Manolis, Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and DFG Mercator Fellow at TUHH. Professor Manolis will give a guest lecture on "Civil Engineering Infrastructure: Function, Analysis, Design, and Structural Health Monitoring Issues". The guest lecture will be held digitally on May 17, 2022, at 1:30 pm. For registration, please contact Mr. Dragos at kosmas.dragos(at)tuhh.de.
Information on Professor Manolis' lab may be found here.
IDAC has presented its research and teaching activities at this year's career orientation evening organized for high-school students of Immanuel-Kant-Gymnasium in Hamburg. We took the opportunity to encourage the high school students to enroll in the attractive degree programs at TUHH and we gave insights into digitalization, intelligent sensors, artificial intelligence, and construction robotics. Looking forward to further collaborate with Immanuel-Kant-Gymnasium.
On April 13 at 4pm, we will present our institute at the "Talk Around The World" series, which is a seminar series hosted by the alumni network TU & YOU at Hamburg University of Technology. Feel free to join the digital event! The link to the event and further information may be found here: https://tuandyou.de/profitieren/events.
We are happy to announce that our PhD student Mathias Worm is the third-place winner of the "Best Student Paper Award" of the prestigious "2022 SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation Conference", held at Long Beach, California, USA. Congratulations! The successful paper is entitled "Mobile structural health monitoring using quadruped robots" and can be found here for download.
We are seeking, for the earliest possible date, a researcher in a full-time position (100%), for a maximum of 36 months. A further employment is possible and aspired. The remuneration is in accordance with TV-L 13. Your tasks will be to conduct research in the areas of explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) and fault-tolerant sensor technologies, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
1-year anniversary! The IDAC team says thank you! We would not be able to celebrate the achievements in research and teaching without the great support of all our partners and supporters! Feel free to browse through our website and social media accounts to learn more about the activities conducted in our first year:
Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, ResearchGate, LinkedIn
We are happy to announce a cooperation with Bern University of Applied Sciences, in which we will work on a smart floor equipped with intelligent sensors that automatically classifies movements based on machine learning and capacitive sensing. The smart floor will be capable of determining more than just the presence of people; it rather will help detect falls, analyze walking routes, and check distances between people in pandemics without violating personal rights. Within the cooperation, Mr. Wirth has started working on his PhD thesis at IDAC as an external PhD student. Welcome to the team! Project website.
We are happy to announce that Mr. Al-Zuriqat and Mr. Al-Hakim have joined the IDAC team. Both researchers will be working in collaborative research projects, which have in common the development of artificial intelligence algorithms for analyzing sensor data. Mr. Al-Zuriqat will be working on structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure. Mr. Al-Hakim will support the development of a SARS-CoV-2 monitoring system for wastewater; we hope to detect Corona hotspots earlier than it is possible with current test strategies.
The IDAC team and our Greek partners at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, have successfully conducted field tests at a pedestrian bridge in Thessaloniki. The bridge has been instrumented with a sensor network to obtain bridge data used for comparison with the data that our mobile robots collect. Our sincere thanks go to the dedicated staff of the Laboratory of Strength of Materials at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and to our DFG Mercator Fellow, Professor Manolis, for offering support in conducting the tests. The tests were conducted within a research project that has been initiated from a DFG-funded German-Greek collaboration.
We are offering attractive job opportunities for students with a background in mathematics or mathematical aspects of computer science. Furthermore, we have announced a number of topics for student projects, bachelor theses, and master theses on our website. The topics range from applied and engineering mathematics to formal logic. You will also have the opportunity to bring in your own ideas and to define your own topics.
Interested? Do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ahmad at muhammad.ekbal.ahmad(at)tuhh.de.
Further information may be found here.
We welcome Ms. Nina Sorge to the IDAC team. Ms. Sorge will take over the position of the administrative manager and will be in charge of managing the IDAC administration. We wish Ms. Sorge a prosperous start at TUHH. We are very much looking forward to the support she will provide to our institute and we are very happy to start working with our new team member. Welcome to the team!
Today, we conducted field tests on a pedestrian brigde in Harburg. The goal was to test the intelligent sensors that have been implemented in the "Smart Monitoring" course. By jumping, running, and cycling with bikes, we had to excite the bridge to allow the sensors to measure and analyze the data automatically. It was a fun, but very cold event. We are happy that our sensors were robust enough for the low temperature. Thanks go to the Hamburg Agency of Roads, Bridges and Waters (LSBG). The results will be presented online in the final presentation of this course on February 1, 2022, to which everyone is invited. If you would like to attend the presentation, please contact the instructors of the course for login data.
The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (BSW) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is funding a research project on localizing mobile robot systems. Accurate localization is required when deploying robotic systems for building inspection, enabling the robots to find their routes within the buildings. Together with the Institute of Technical Logistics at TUHH, we will validate different LiDAR systems, which generate point cloud data, with regard to the usability for building inspections.
Project website: www.tuhh.de/idac/research/robot-localization.html
The Corona pandemic has unveiled an ongoing need for multidisciplinary research on various aspects of the COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We are happy to announce a new project that aims to develop a monitoring system for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. The project will be conducted together with university and industry partners. Further information may be found at the project website.
50 students from Aarhus University, Denmark, have visited IDAC to learn more about our activities in smart sensing, information modeling, AI in civil engineering, and construction robotics. It was an exciting event, in which our IDAC team members have presented some live demos and have very much enjoyed the discussions with the Danish students and their supervisors. The visit has been organized by Professor Teizer of Aarhus University and by Professor Smarsly. We are looking forward to strengthen the German-Danish collaboration in the near future.
More impressions of the visit: www.instagram.com/idac_tuhh
A collaborative research project entitled “IDA-KI” has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the mFUND research initiative. The total IDA-KI budget is EUR 3.9 million. IDA-KI aims to design fully automated monitoring algorithms based on AI and IoT concepts, for detecting deterioration and damage of infrastructure. The algorithms will be validated on a large-scale bridge structure that will be intentionally damaged for test purposes. Project partners are Dresden University of Technology (coordinator), MKP GmbH, and Hentschke Bau GmbH
Further information may be found at the project website.
On October 1, 2021, Mr. Muhammad E. Ahmad has joined the IDAC team. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Mr. Ahmad will be working on abstract mathematical modeling of engineering systems and its application in engineering practice. We welcome Mr. Ahmad as a new PhD student in our team.
This winter semester, we will offer new modules, “Construction Robotics” and “Digitalization and Sustainability in AEC”. Because of the positive feedback to our courses newly offered in the last summer semester, we will also offer the following courses again in the upcoming winter semester: “Smart Monitoring” and “Scientific Working in Engineering”. To enroll and for further information, please visit the course websites:
Today, the IDAC waste collection initiative has successfully been conducted. Our destination for cleaning up our environment was the city park in Harburg, but we already became active on our way to the park when passing the Hamburg Innovation Port, the campus, and the city center. The result is 45 kg of waste. In the name of our environment, we would like to thank all participants for their active support. It was a great event to all of us, and it was an important statement to preserve our environment!
We are hiring! Want to join our team? The following positions are to be filled. For details and contact information, please follow the links below.
On September 9, 2021, the Fourth German-Greek Workshop on Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Civil Engineering (XAICE) took place as an event co-organized by IDAC and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The workshop has been conducted within the scope of the DFG-funded joint research project on “Data-driven analysis models for slender structures using explainable artificial intelligence”. In a hybrid format, researchers from Greece and Germany have discussed the research status and new opportunities about how to make AI, usually being "black-box", more explainable to engineers.
We warmly welcome Professor Manolis, who joins the IDAC team as a DFG Mercator Fellow within a research stay. Dr. Manolis is a professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He will bring international expertise and will increase the visibility of our DFG project “Resilient infrastructure based on cognitive buildings”. The project has been initiated out of a German-Greek cooperation, also funded by DFG, entitled “Data-driven analysis models for slender structures using explainable artificial intelligence”. Interested in working in the project as a hiwi student? Contact kosmas.dragos(at)tuhh.de.
We are seeking a systems engineer for our team, to be employed in a full-time permanent position.
Duties include, but are not limited to, setup and development of the institute's IT infrastructure, maintenance of video and web conferencing systems, network management, development of software components, programming of embedded systems and intelligent sensors, technical support in research and teaching, data protection and IT security advisory as well as planning, tendering, purchasing, configuring, and operation of large infrastructure systems, such as robotic systems.
Apply here by September 17, 2021: https://stellenportal.tuhh.de/u1yzn
Littering and environmental pollution are critical issues particularly in our cities. To preserve our nature and our neighborhood in Hamburg, IDAC is organizing a waste collection initiative. Everyone is welcomre to join. For free, every participant will get a modern “IDAC” high-visibility vest that can be kept after the event. Our initiative will be part of the City of Hamburg's campaign “Hamburg räumt auf!”. We will meet on September 13, 2021, at 3:30 pm, at the HIPOne building, and we will start at 4:00 pm. The campaign will be performed in strict compliance with the current Covid-19 restrictions and hygiene rules.
For joining the initiative, please send an email to our IDAC administrative manager Ms. Schütte (svea.schuette(at)tuhh.de) by August 24, 12:00 pm. We are looking forward to a great afternoon of caring for our environment with you!
Mr. Jan Stührenberg has joined the IDAC team on August 16, 2021. As a PhD student, Mr. Stührenberg will be working on robotics, mechatronics, sensor/actuator systems, and embedded systems. Mr. Stührenberg will support us in research, in teaching, and in setting up our new labs. Welcome to the team!
It is our great pleasure to announce the winners of the 7th “SMART MONITORING CONTEST”, hosted by IDAC. The contest was initiated by Professor Smarsly in 2013 and took place this year, for the first time, at Hamburg University of Technology. Within this year’s contest, students of IDAC’s “Smart Monitoring” course have designed intelligent wireless sensor systems to automatically analyze the condition of bridges and buildings, which have been tested at Köhlbrand Bridge (or “smartBRIDGE”). The two groups with the best sensor systems have been honored with vouchers of a large e-commerce company. The following group members have received their prizes within the scope of the awards ceremony, in the foreground from left to right: Clea Kummert, Layla Raig (in the laptop), Marike Bornholdt, and Miriam Sonnak. Congratulations!
Mr. Carlos Federico Chillón Geck has joined the IDAC team on July 15, 2021. As a PhD student, Mr. Chillón Geck will be working on multi-agent-based sensor/actuator systems for intelligent facades. The project is a sub project to the joint research project "BioFass" ("Biologically inspired facades based on multi-agent technology and swarm intelligence"), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the program "Biologization of Technology".
We are happy to announce a cooperation with the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). Together with BAM Division 8.1 (Sensors, Measurement and Testing Methods), led by Dr. Bartholmai, we will work on intelligent material. Intelligent material is enhanced with miniaturized sensors and actuators, able to analyze its own condition, and to communicate with computer systems and with human individuals. Within the partnership, Mr. Johann, an expert of integrated sensors and a member of BAM Division 8.1, has started working on his PhD thesis at IDAC as an external PhD student. Welcome to the team! Website at BAM, project website.
On July 1, 2021, Mr. Mohamed Kamal joins the IDAC team. As a PhD student, Mr. Kamal will be working on semantic modeling of additive manufacturing processes of metal structures, which is a subproject to the joint research project "ODE_AM", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the MaterialDigital program. Project details may be found here.
This week, the closure meeting of the Dafmon project took place in digital form, organized together with our project partner MKP GmbH. Dafmon has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the mFUND program. Within Dafmon, an intelligent sensor concept has been implemented and successfully tested at bridges, which allows sensors to self-detect sensor faults and miscalibrations. As a result, sensor systems become more reliable and the assessment of engineering structures becomes more efficient. Follow-on projects are envisaged.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has established the priority program SPP 2388 entitled "Hundred plus - Extending the Lifetime of Complex Structures through Intelligent Digitalization". The priority program has been initiated by Professor Marx (coordinator, Dresden), Professor Smarsly (Hamburg), Professor Geißler (Berlin), Professor Klemt-Albert (Hannover), and Professor Reiterer (Freiburg). The priority program will receive EUR 7.2 million for the first three-year funding period and will focus on lifetime extension of complex structures through intelligent digitalization. Proposals for subprojects may be submitted until October 29, 2021. DFG announcement (in German): PDF/website; article TU Dresden (in German): PDF/website; article Bauingenieur 24 (in German): PDF/website.
A collaborative research project entitled “BioFass” has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). "BioFass" is biologically inspired in a twofold manner and pursues two corresponding goals, (i) the design of self-regulating façades, adapting the properties of the human skin, and (ii) the design of an intelligent sensor/actuator system, biologically inspired by emergent phenomena observed in nature ("swarm intelligence"), aiming to detect façade conditions and pro-actively trigger irrigation. Project partners are the Finger Institute at Bauhaus University Weimar and Fuchs Systembau GmbH.
Further information may be found at the project website.
The Institute of Digital and Autonomous Construction offers attractive hiwi positions in different research areas. We are part of the School of Civil Engineering, but our research is also closely related to robotics, computer science, and mathematics. Therefore, the open positions are not restricted to students of the School of Civil Engineering. We currently offer exciting hiwi positions in the areas of construction robotics, building information modeling, artificial intelligence, geomatics/laser scanning, anstract mathematical modeling. Click here for details.
The IDAC team is seeking candidates in the area of "abstract modeling of engineering systems". Main tasks include mathematical modeling of intelligent sensor systems and systems for structural health monitoring (SHM) as well as formal knowledge representation and creation of conceptual/semantic models. The topic is flexible and large portions of the work may be defined in accordance with the interests and expertise of the successful candidate. The initial duration of 2 years can be extended.
Interested in joining our team to establish the affinity area of "robotics and artificial intelligence in construction"? We are seeking a PhD student or post doc (full time, 4 years). The topic is flexible and you will have the chance to define details of your work areas in accordance with your interests and expertise.
Congratulations to our senior engineer Mr. Kölzer for successfully defending his doctoral thesis! His thesis is entitled "The impact of digitalization on work processes on construction sites". Examiners were Professor Schmidt-Döhl (mentor), Professor Smarsly, and Professor Mondino. Professor Rombach was chair of the examination board. As soon as he has received the doctoral certificate, Mr. Kölzer will be allowed to officially hold the doctoral degree.
We welcome onboard our new IDAC team members Svea Schütte (office assistant), Florian Brix (systems engineer), and Thomas Kölzer (senior engineer), and we are looking forward to working together to setting up the institute and beyond. Congratulations on joining our team!
A new research project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been approved. The project aims to render additive manufacturing techniques and processes of metal structures more robust and efficient. The project partners are the Material Research and Testing Institute (Weimar, Germany), Ilmenau University of Technology (Ilmenau, Germany), and Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (Augsburg, Germany). Further information may be found at the project website.
We are seeking a PhD student or a post doc to work in this project. If you have studied computer science or if you are a civil engineer interested in computer science, please apply here (job posting, in German).
This summer semester, we will offer three new modules. Each module features hands-on project work, ranging from digital modeling to intelligent sensors with lab tests and on-site experiments. Important note: Because the courses are newly offered, they are not yet listed in Stud.IP. You need to enroll by email. You will find the email contacts at the following course websites. Due to the individual supervision and the limited number of sensor sets, enrollment is limited.
IDAC receives a 3-year grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to construct resilient infrastructure based on physics-based models embedded into intelligent sensors, following the principles of cognitive buildings. The project has started today. Within this project, Professor Manolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) has been awarded the prestigious title “Mercator Fellow” to support the project. Details may be found at the project website.
- A list of IDAC research projects may be found here.
A promising new project, funded for 3 years by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has been launched to develop an explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) concept to advance fault-tolerant sensor networks in smart cities. A novelty will be a strong mathematical formulation of a deep learning concept proposed for distributedly embedding convolutional neural networks in wireless sensor networks. Details may be found at the project website.
- A list of IDAC research projects may be found here.
The websites are online at www.tuhh.de/idac and www.tuhh.de/idab, respectively. Some websites are bilingual, with English the main language. The websites will be continuously updated and expanded. Not all pages have been completed yet. We are working on it, looking forward to receiving your suggestions.
With Professor Smarsly moving from Bauhaus University Weimar to Hamburg University of Technology, the new Institute of Digital and Autonomous Construction (IDAC) starts operations in the Hamburg Innovation Port on March 1, 2021. The IDAC team is looking forward to taking the new opportunities in research, teaching, and industrial practice. For suggestions and questions, please contact us. You may find your contact persons here.