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Construction Technology Festival – Online

Dr. Garcia de Soto was part of the panel for "Big data issues in construction: Security, Integrity, and Ownership" during the CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL on 21 October. The panel was moderated by Prakash Senghani, Director Digital Delivery, JLL. Other panelists included: Sultan Moraished, Chief Information Security Officer Cyber Security, The Red Sea Development CompanyPaul Shillcock, Author of ISO 19650-2 and the UK National Annex, Managing Director, OperamMuks H, Technical Director, CrowdStrike. Great topics and extraordinary speakers. The complete agenda can be found here.

Cyber Security in relation to Construction 4.0

The European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development (ENCORD) had its 2nd (Virtual) Council Meeting on 14 September 2020. The focus of the meeting was on “Cyber Security in relation to Construction 4.0”. Guest panel speakers (Mrs. Rositsa Georgieva, Programme Officer, EU Policies at the European Commission; Mr. Ian Hill, Global Director of Cyber Security, Royal BAM Group; Mr. Juan Cobo, CISO, Ferrovial; Mr. Prof. Borja García de Soto, Assistant Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi) and IT/Cybersecurity experts from ENCORD members had an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas about such an important topic. Founded in 1989, ENCORD has become a major network in the construction sector. More information about ENCORD can be found here.

Construction 4.0: An Innovation Platform for the Built Environment

Researchers in the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group contributed in the creation of the Construction 4.0 Handbook edited by Anil Sawhney, Michael Riley, and Javier Irizarry.

Chapter 15: Future of robotics and automation in construction (by Borja Garcia de Soto, and Miroslaw J. Skibniewski)

Chapter 16: Robots in indoor and outdoor environments (by Bharadwaj R. K. Mantha, Borja Garcia de Soto, Carol C. Menassa, and Vineet R. Kamat)

Chapter 22: Cyber threats and actors confronting the Construction 4.0 (by Erika A. Pärn, and Borja Garcia de Soto)

1st Workshop on Cybersecurity Implications of Construction 4.0 (CIC-2020)

The S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group hosted a workshop on February 2nd and 3rd to discuss the cybersecurity implications to the architecture, engineering, construction, and facility management (AECFM) industry caused by Construction 4.0 (i.e., the digitalization and automation of the construction sector). The ultimate goal will be to define a research agenda to address the cybersecurity implications of Construction 4.0.

Borja Garcia de Soto named to exclusive board

The International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the advancement of Automation and Robotics in Construction. As a member of the BOD, Borja's research will promote automation and robotics in construction through partnerships with industry, academia, and government organizations in the United Arab Emirates and internationally. More information about IAARC can be found here.

“Out of Labs” exhibition during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW)

Min Kyu Jung (BSc student, NYU Abu Dhabi) and Dr. Bharadwaj Mantha (Post-Doctoral Researcher, NYU Abu Dhabi) presented a prototype that is capable of navigating through a building to gather information to monitor the performance of buildings. Part of the work for this project was also conducted by Yiming Huang (BSc student, NYU Shanghai) during her visiting undergraduate studies at NYUAD in Fall 2019. 

Interview featured in Design & Build Review

Design & Build Review, Issue 53, December 2019. The Future of Robotic Construction: A Solution to the Industry’s Most Pressing Issues?

Interview featured in Design & Build Review

Design & Build Review, Issue 50, June 2019. Architecture’s robot revolution: pioneering robotic construction.

Professor delivers keynote address at Abu Dhabi conference
Professor Borja Garcia de Soto delivered a keynote lecture titled “Towards an Innovative and Productive Construction Industry” at the 2nd International Conference in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Project Management, where he highlighted some of the current research of the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group, led by him. 
February 5, 2019