Convergence Accelerator Phase I (RAISE): Preparing the Future Workforce of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction for Robotic Automation Processes

The NSF Convergence Accelerator supports team-based, multidisciplinary efforts that address challenges of national importance and show potential for deliverables in the near future. The broader impact/potential benefits of this Convergence Accelerator Phase I project will address a crucial national problem by preparing the nation's workers and businesses in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries for an increasingly automated future workplace. This convergent research and development project involves researchers in architecture, construction, engineering, computer science, STEM education, and economic development, as well as industry collaborators from the robotics, architecture, engineering, construction, and software industries. It's Phase 1 deliverables will benefit businesses, workers, and professionals in the AEC industry cluster, as well as regional and national economic development policy. Phase 1 provides the platform for critical solutions: maximizing employment opportunity, minimizing job displacement, and improving national economic competitiveness in the AEC industries. Improving AEC industry performance also promises solutions leading to a more energy-efficient and sustainable built environment.

  • Focus: Faculty
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Team: Shahin Vassigh (Principal Investigator), Shu-Ching Chen (Co-Principal Investigator), Seyed-Masoud Sadjadi (Co-Principal Investigator), Leonardo Bobadilla (Co-Principal Investigator), Rocio Benabentos (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Award Number: 1937019
  • Amount: $973,333
  • Contact:  Shahin Vassigh (