S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group

Our goal is to generate high-impact scholarly work while ensuring a pragmatic viewpoint to guarantee a successful integration in the way we manage the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance, inspection, retrofit, and repair of the infrastructure and communities of the future.

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Sustainable and resilient construction

Modularization and lean construction

Artificial intelligence

Robotic systems and automation

Technology integration and information modeling

We do that by having as a backbone the digitalization and automation of the construction industry coupled with the application of artificial intelligence and the integration of new technologies, while considering and raising awareness about the cybersecurity implications of integrating such technologies.


The construction industry is on the verge of a significant transformation. I believe that it will go through a revolution, and with every industrial revolution, it will bring great prosperity to society.

Borja García de Soto, PhD, PE

The mission of this dynamic and interdisciplinary team is to conduct world-leading research that delivers innovative frameworks, methodologies, models, and tools to improve the management of the different phases in the lifecycle of construction projects, and move forward the automation and digitalization of the construction sector with a security mindset.


Borja García de Soto, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Email: garcia.de.soto@nyu.edu
Phone: +971 2-628-4978