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.