June 4, 2021 – New hiwi jobs

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.

May 12, 2021 – New job opening – Mathematician wanted

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.

April 29, 2021 – New job opening in the areas of robotics and AI

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.

April 28, 2021 – Successful doctoral defense of Mr. Kölzer

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.

April 1, 2021 – Welcome onboard to our new IDAC team members

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!

March 24, 2021 – New research project: Additive manufacturing of metal structures

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).

March 5, 2021 – Three new courses offered by IDAC

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.

March 1, 2021 – A new DFG-funded project has been launched

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.

March 1, 2021 – A new DFG-funded project has been launched

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.

March 1, 2021 – IDAC's Instagram and Twitter account activated

It is our pleasure to announce the activation of our Instagram (@idac_tuhh) and Twitter (@IDAC_TUHH) accounts.

March 1, 2021 – IDAC websites are online

The websites are online at and, 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.

March 1, 2021 – The institute starts operations

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.