Call for papers

Modelling and Simulation in Construction Robotics

As the robotics community continues to grow, we see an increased the use of automation in diverse arenas, from academics to creatives and from architects to engineers and contractors. Also, the applications being developed have grown in ambition and complexity. The underlying control methods have evolved from linear flows of information to more circular ecosystems of data driven re-informed designs.

Linear, feed-forward robot operations are powerful in their ability to connect design (e.g. CAD and BIM data) and simulation models (e.g. of the robots and the fabrication processes) to the generation of tool paths and fabrication information. However, this workflow is challenged by the complexity of construction site situations regarding the dynamics in space and time. In this context it is important that robot operations can gather data from their surroundings or actions and our ideal assumptions are re-informed by this information. This data driven approach to connecting design models and simulations with sensor data allows for re-planning and controlling of robot operations based on the ideal design data and updated information from the fabrication process and the environment.

This special focus issue of the Journal on Construction Robotics is calling for papers that explore the use of modelling and simulation in Construction Robotics as well as applications of sensor data to re-inform automated processes.

IMPORTANT DATES DEADLINE
Article’s Due 5/31/2020
First review 6/15/2020
Revisions 7/15/2020
2nd review 8/01/2020
Publish 9/01/2020

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Please contact us if you have any questions:

Managing EditorEthan Kerbermanaging-editor@construction-robotics.eu
Associate EditorChristian Schlettechsch@mmmi.sdu.dk
Associate EditorMahesh Daasmahesh.daas@the-BAC.edu

Call for submissions

From Craft to Construction – Transitioning from the experimental scale to industrial production

This issue of the Journal on Construction Robotics examines the ways in which experimental research impacts the construction site. By examining the connection (and gaps) between experimental research and industrial-scale construction, this issue examines the current and future role of robotics in the AEC industry.

This issue seeks articles which detail the transfer of technology from academic/experimental research to architecture, engineering and construction. To advance the field of Construction Robotics, we seek to share projects where experiments are maturing into on site methods. We are seeking critical inquiries which examine the space between current experimental investigations and the path to construction level application, highlighting a way forward. This can include an analysis of technology needing further development before industrial implementation occurs.

This call for articles seeks to expand the community of construction robotics past the traditional divide between research and practice. We are seeking technical design/engineering research articles which document and demonstrate that the lessons learned from digital craftsmanship have the power to impact the construction industry in real ways. From partnerships between industry and academia to architectural/engineering practices engaged in robotic development, this issue of the Journal on Construction Robotics has a special focus on how the creative robotics research community brings new levels of innovation into the industries of architecture, engineering and construction.


SCOPE OF ISSUE:

  • Automated Construction Technology
    • Research in Automated Construction Technology should be presented which examines how experimental innovation matures into industrial application
  • Process Analysis
    • The scope of the submitted papers should analyze existing processes and develop new methods, techniques and technologies for automation in construction.
  • Sensors
    • Submitted papers should detail research which integrates robots into construction through sensor systems which monitor changing conditions, from material to dynamic work environments.
  • Adaptivity
    • Research should be presented in which sensor data informs adaptive robotic processes so that workflows become reinformed with process information to increase efficiency and quality.
  • On Site / Mobile / Collaborative Robots
    • Submitted papers should document how, as robots move from pre fabrication to in situ construction, new systems for mobility and human machine interfaces are developed.

IMPORTANT DATE DEADLINE
Manuscript Submission: Monday, December 15, 2019
Decision by: January 15, 2020
Reviews Submitted to Authors: February 15, 2020
Revised Manuscripts: March 15, 2020
Publication Date: April 30, 2020


Workshop at ERF 2018

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


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

Date and Venue:
14.03.2018 08:30-10:00
Tampere Hall
(to be confirmed)


Organisers

Panelists

  • Sue Arundale Federation Européenne de la Construction, Belgium
  • Ronny Andersson Head Research and Innovation Cementa AB, Prof. Lund University and Chairman of the national Strategic Innovations Program Smart Built.se Cementa AB/ Sweden
  • Prof. Thomas Bock Chair for Building Realisation and Robotics Technische Universität München/ Germany
  • Dr. Sasha Korl Hilti AG, Liechtenstein
  • Bruno Linéatte Bouygues Travaux Publics and Bouygues Quille-Construction, France
  • Stuart Maggs Scaled Robotics, Spain

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.


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 Built.se 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.