Workshop at ERF 2017

The Construction Robotics topic group will be holding a workshop at this years European Robotics Forum in Edinburgh.

Over the last decade robotics has captured the minds of engineers, investors, and developers. With our society facing a manifold of challenges through demographic changes, growing health care costs, massive overruns in construction projects and concerns regarding build quality robotics has become the key to the future of our built environment.

As industrial robots became accessible intuitive tools for the creative industry also architects have begun returning to their technophile routes. Now the ongoing technical advances are putting large scale and on-site construction robotics and robotic facility management of the built environment and infrastructure even space colonization in our reach.

The young euRobotics topic group for Construction Robotics is organising this workshop as a panel discussion to give interested stakeholders an overview of the state of the art and create insights into the needs and next, critical steps for this new domain.

Six panelists from various backgrounds ranging from politics, end-users, education and research will discuss the hotspots within the construction sector that are most relevant for potential robotic solutions, to identify the main obstacles (technological, legal) and required consolidations/adaptation/specialisation/combination in the relevant technologies and for this new domain. The panel discussion will merge into an open round table with the audience.

As the Construction Robotics Topic Group is engaged in the preparation of the European Robotics Roadmap, the outcome of the workshop will provide further input for the roadmap.

Panelists in conversation with Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan Director for Individualized Production in Architecture RWTH Aachen University/ President of the Association for Robots in Architecture and Prof. Andreas Müller Head of the Institute of Robotics Johannes Kepler University Linz/ Austria:

  • Catherine Stihler MEP Labour MEP for Scotland
  • Ronny Andersson Head Research and Innovation Cementa AB, Prof. Lund University and Chairman of the national Strategic Innovations Program Smart Cementa AB/ Sweden
  • Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Müller Program Manager AEC, EMEA Autodesk Education Experiences (AEX)/ Germany
  • Prof. Thomas Bock Chair for Building Realisation and Robotics Technische Universität München/ Germany
  • Prof. Carlos Balaguer RoboticsLab Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/ Spain
  • Prof. Marco Hutter Head of the Robotic Systems LAB at ETH Zurich and PI of NCCR Digital Fabrication (dfab), Switzerland

Participants are asked to prepare points on where they see 1) the need, 2) the obstacles, 3) the potential technological/legal/policy issues, and 4) short and medium term solutions for construction robotics

For the full programme and further information please visit the ERF homepage.

The journal is open for submissions

The platform for submissions to the Construction Robotics Journal is now online and ready to accept your contributions. The journal will continously accept contributions for review, but special editions will have submission deadlines.

The deadline for submissions to the first special edition titled Beyond Industrial Robots is the 31st of December 2016 January 2017 (EDIT: Happy holidays and merry deadline extension!).

For further information please visit the journal page.

A new journal for Construction Robotics

We are very happy to announce that there is now a journal specifically addressing the topic of construction robotics. The journal will be published by Springer with the first issue coming out in 2017.

The journal is now open for contributions.

For further information please visit our journal page as well as the journals home at Springer.

Initial Topic Group Meeting

The initial meeting was held at the BRE innovation campus in Watford, UK. With researchers and industry representatives from around Europe it was a very insightful once again showed that there is a great energy for change in our domain.

With the support of the SPARC roadmap coordinator David Bisset we gathered valuable input for the contribution of the topic group to the multi-annual roadmap. Everybody agreed that the potential impact of robotics in construction is immense but that we need to bring industry and researchers closer together to ensure that the critical step changes are accomplished.

We would like the thank BRE for the fantastic venue and organisation as well as all of you who joined us in Watford.

New Topic Group for Construction Robotics

The board of directors of euRobotics confirmed the creation of a new topic group for “Construction Robotics” at their meeting in Twente with Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan of RWTH Aachen University as coordinator.