Founder of the ARchitecture Construction Engineering Workshop (ACE Workshop)
Prof. Zoubeir LAFHAJ is Full Professor (Exceptional Class), at Centrale Lille Institute, France. He is also the former Dean of International Affairs, a member of the Executive Committee of the Ecole Centrale de Lille (2008-2015) and recently elected member of the Board of Directors of Centrale Lille Institute (November 2019-…).
Prof. Dr. Zoubeir LAFHAJ is the holder of the “Construction 4.0” Chair since January 2017, an industrial research chair that addresses the challenges of modernizing the construction industry in France and Europe. Prof. Dr. Zoubeir LAFHAJ is a researcher at the Lam3 research centre (CNRS-2016). His industrial research expertise focuses on (i) additive manufacturing (3D printing) for construction, industrialization, and robotization of construction, (ii) applications of AI, blockchain and BIM in construction and finally (iii) productivity, lean construction, and collaboration with all stakeholders in the construction industry. He is working at the international level to ensure that the CC4.0 Chair becomes a European Construction 4.0 Hub involved in a strong international network with the most advanced experts in the world.
Professor Dr. Zoubeir LAFHAJ recently published two scientific books in French on “la revolution de la construction lean” and “la blockchain dans la construction” and more than 62 scientific articles (International Ranking A). He has supervised 28 doctoral theses (6 of which are ongoing) and 10 postdoctoral fellowships. Prof. Dr. Zoubeir LAFHAJ is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals of rank A.
In 2018, he is also the designer of a new Master’s degree in “Energy Efficiency 4.0 in Construction” with the support of the European Institute of Technology.
Prof. Dr. Zoubeir LAFHAJ has developed his skills in:
– The creation of new courses based on the skills needed for the trades of the future
– The implementation of an industrial research strategy (public-private partnership) and in particular how to set up industrial research chairs
– The setting up of research-industrial projects at the international and European levels.
Keywords: engineering, environment, materials, sustainable development, industry linkage, industry 4.0, research, project management, international, leadership, and governance.