IIT Madras collaborates with University of Technology Sydney
IIT-Madras has collaborated with the University of Technology Sydney for bringing in international expertise together in order to address the need of the urban poor quality, cheaper and durable housing.
The partnership between both the universities includes a broad range of research collaborations and a series of joint PhD supervisions. This project is funded by the Australia-India Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia.
Prof Sidney Newton, Director, University of Technology Sydney, School of Built Environment Centre for Informatics Research and Innovation, said, “The roundtable represents a unique opportunity to bring international expertise in mass-customisation, lean construction and digital technologies, together with key industry stakeholders to address the pressing social need for better quality, cheaper and more durable housing for the urban poor. The unprecedented demand for low-cost housing in India is driving fundamental change in how the construction industry is structured and managed.”
Prof Koshy Varghese, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, stated, “India has a huge housing demand. Methodologies discussed as a part of this roundtable will be useful in enabling us to understand how these demands can be addressed. Not all of these are totally new in the Indian context but one of the key challenges the roundtable aims to address is how to scale these technologies in India.”