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Rob Wolfs is an Assistant Professor in the unit of Structural Engineering and Design of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research and teaching focuses on digital design and manufacturing strategies for buildings and bridges. Through the adoption of these new technologies, he aims to increase the sustainability and productivity of the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Key topics concern the application of robotics in construction, with a focus on 3D concrete printing, and numerical modelling, machine learning, and (structural) optimization.

Academic background

Rob Wolfs obtained his MSc in Structural Engineering and Design at the Department of the Built Environment of the TU/e in 2015. Following these studies, he performed a PhD research on 3D concrete printing at the same university. This research focused on experimental characterization of printed concrete and numerical (FEM) modeling to analyze structural behavior during 3D printing processes. He obtained his PhD degree (cum laude) in 2019, and now works as a tenured Assistant Professor at TU/e.

Rob was visiting researcher at IFSTTAR Laboratoire Navier (France), DTU (Denmark), and obtained a PHC Van Gogh grant to collaborate with CY University (France). He is laureate of a 2022 Veni personal grant, part of the talent programme of NWO.


"A digital transformation will change the way we design and construct our built environment."

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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