Robotics in off-site prefabrication of buildings
Applications are invited for Fully funded PhD Scholarships in Engineering 2020 in the project “Robotics in off-site prefabrication of buildings” from International and Australian students at the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Australia.
Prefabrication has the advantages of simplicity, speed and economy but has been inflexible to changes in design which is a primary reason behind its limited market share in the construction industry. To tackle this drawback, there is need for research to develop a Robotic Prefabrication System (RPS) which employs a new concept towards automatic construction of a prefabricated structure. The RPS will consist of a software module and a hardware module. First, the software employs the 3D model of a prefabricated structure as input, and returns motor control command output to the hardware. There are numerous underlying algorithms developed in the software module. For example, a novel algorithm will computes the optimal fabrication sequence to transform one model into another according to the differences identified. Meanwhile, the hardware module takes the motor control commands as input and executes the appropriate assembly/disassembly operations, and returns the desired structure in real-time.
Validation tests on lab-scaled prefabricated structures will demonstrate the ability of the system to successfully generate desired fabrication sequences and perform all assembly operations with acceptable placement precision.
This PhD project will leverage the latest technologies, data science and AI in the development of new building processes and techniques. This will enable the application of robotics to optimise all phases of building delivery.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- tuition fees
- a tax-free stipend approximately AUD 29,000/year for 3 years
- potential for successful applicants to earn around $3,000 per annum through assisting in undergraduate teaching
- financial support to attend an international conference during their
To be eligible for scholarship, an applicant must:
- Masters or Bachelor (H1 Honours) in Engineering (majoring in Civil, Mechanical, Electronics, or Aerospace Engineering, etc.)
- An excellent academic record (GPA>90%)
- Excellent proficiency in English language – Academic IELTS: minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no skill less than 6.0
- Proficiency in the Robot Operating System (ROS)
Applicants for PhD Scholarships in Engineering 2020 are required to submit the following documents with expression of interest:
- Academic transcripts
- Publication list
- Curriculum Vitae
- English proficiency certificate (Academic IELTS)
- Names and contact details of three academic referees