A construction-technology initiative is bringing together experts in many disciplines to advance use of artificial intelligence in construction. The initiative, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Discovery Partners Institute, assembles workshops for researchers from the University of Illinois and Carnegie Mellon University.



The initiative will lead to a first-of-its-kind institute for the application of AI in design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure systems, said project lead Mani Golparvar-Fard, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in a press release from the school.

A school spokesperson told Construction Dive that while the group hasn’t released names of specific industry partners yet, the list includes many of the ENR top 10 design, construction and owner companies.Researchers hope that the initiative will advance both the application of AI in construction and the science of AI research in general.

“We believe our interdisciplinary team together with the broader AI community can address the urgent productivity, safety and maintenance problems of the construction industry, and that doing so will drive foundational advances in AI that enable broader application across many other industries,” Golparvar-Fard said.

Once considered futuristic, artificial intelligence has been made more accessible and integral to contractors in recent years by several burgeoning startups, through programs such as OpenSpace and