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Smart Technologies attract growing attention to provide an answer to contemporary societal challenges in relation to the construction industry by increasing the quality of the building, health conditions and wellbeing of occupants, as well as ...
Smart Technologies attract growing attention to provide an answer to contemporary societal challenges in relation to the construction industry by increasing the quality of the building, health conditions and wellbeing of occupants, as well as decreasing building costs and the environmental burden. However, the development and application of these emerging technologies in the design and construction of the built environment require an entirely new consideration of architectural design. In the research program of the chair of 'Smart Architectural Technologies' at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) we approach building as a socio-techno-spatial system and explore new building concepts and housing typologies, particularly healthcare-related buildings, which can lead the way forward and provide an opportunity to study and tackle the existing socio-technological challenges in their full complexity.
Two main focus areas are distinguished within the research ambition of the chair: 'smart architecture' (verified methods for exploring the means of integration of technology in architecture), and 'humanized architecture' (frameworks for developing novel typologies and evaluating the impact of smart architecture). Our challenge is to develop evidence-based design methods for future proof housing typologies that respond adequately to the needs of the occupant with affective empathy; an environment 'feels' what users need and enables them. Advanced technologies, such as IoT and robotics, play a key role in this process and will open up opportunities for architecture to be envisioned in an entirely different way. That's our focus, each and every day.
Of course, we don't do this alone. The use of these emerging technologies in built environment introduces multidisciplinary technical challenges that need to be solved with various types of expertise. We have a multidisciplinary research group with strong collaborations within the industry and a dynamic team of PhD and PDEng students. This automatically offers novel possibilities for collaborations at departmental, university, national and international levels, with involvement of the TU/e chairs. Two examples of the ongoing interfaculty collaborations are our research project on 'House as the carer' with the Chair 'Mixed-Signal Micro-Electronics' (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), and the research project 'House as a robot' in collaboration with the chair Control Systems Technology (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering).
We are dealing with a new field which is expected to generate a major transformation in the built environment in the near future, with sufficient, but also challenging, funding opportunities. This requires extensive knowledge on (new) methodologies and technologies to achieve effective changes. It takes time to thoroughly investigate this phenomenon and to evaluate its impact over a large period.
To sharply define the question, we have started intense collaborations with industry and social partners in the research field. To validate the developed concepts and methods, the chair currently collaborates currently in seven Living Labs throughout the Netherlands.
The (Tenure Track) Assistant Professor in the field of 'Smart architectural technologies' will be responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of (new) research activities in this multidisciplinary field and will play an important role in the collaborations between the different chairs, as well as building up a leading international position. Moreover, the candidate will be responsible for the (co-)supervision of PhD, PDEng- and Master students, collaboration with industry, acquiring external research funding and (co-)managing externally funded research projects. (S)He will also be motivating and teaching students and will develop new courses.
Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish all this.