2nd Workshop on Future of Construction: Build Faster, Better, Safer - Together with Robots

London, UK

Overview

The $10 trillion global construction industry has traditionally been a labor-intensive industry, yet it stands to benefit from autonomous robots that promise to deliver construction work that is more accurate and efficient compared to manual or conventional methods. However, the integration of automation and robotic technology into the construction workplace is faced with significant barriers including high cost of entry, safety concerns, inadequate training and knowledge about robotics, and poor performance of robots in dynamic, cluttered and unpredictable environments such as construction sites.

To tackle these challenging issues, this workshop aims to facilitate discussion on technology that will enable advanced robotics for future construction workplaces with an emphasis on robust perception and navigation methods, learning-based task and motion planning, and safety-focused robot-worker interactions. In line with the ICRA 2023 Embracing the Future: Making Robots for Humans theme, this workshop will provide a venue for academics and industry practitioners to create a vision for robotics in construction work and ensure equitable participation in planning for the future of construction workplaces. The full-day workshop will feature presentations by distinguished speakers from both industry and academia as well as interactive activities in the form of a SLAM challenge, poster sessions, debate, and panel discussions

Workshop Papers

This workshop will solicit contributed papers in the form of extended abstracts (no longer than 4 pages in ICRA paper format, including references) from researchers that are working in construction robotics or closely related fields. The accepted contributed papers will be made publicly available on the workshop website. In addition, the authors of contributed papers will be invited to present their research at the poster session during the workshop. Workshop papers are encouraged and prioritized to be submission of new ideas. A workshop paper submission may be based on a prior publication; however, it cannot take the form of an existing paper that is published or under review.

Accepted workshop papers that constitute novel, original work will be invited to publish their papers with The International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC). These papers will receive DOI numbers and be made permanently available through the IAARC website.

Submissions can be made through a Google Form, where the paper can be uploaded in PDF format. Authors are encouraged to also submit a 3-minute video presentation of their paper which will be archived in this website. Questions regarding the paper submission should be directed to chenjingdao@cse.msstate.edu.

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The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Safe human-robot collaboration in construction tasks
  • Manipulation, path planning, navigation in dynamic and cluttered environments
  • Robust perception algorithms in cluttered and unstructured environments
  • Collaborative automation technology for heavy construction equipment
  • Automation in construction logistics
  • Wearable robotics / exoskeleton for construction workers
  • Drone technology for construction applications

HILTI Challenge

This workshop will involve a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) competition organized by HILTI. The competition will focus on the SLAM problem in environments with challenging features such as changing light conditions, difficult geometries, and fast movements. The challenge website may be accessed here.

Speakers

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Program

08:30 AM

Workshop introduction and opening remarks

Dr. Yong K. Cho
08:40 AM

Invited speaker: academic

09:10 AM

Invited speaker: industry

09:40 AM

Contributed paper presentations

10:10 AM

Coffee break | Poster session | Demos

10:30 AM

Invited speaker: academic

11:00 AM

Invited speaker: industry

11:30 AM

Contributed paper presentations

12:00 PM

Lunch break | Poster session | Demos

01:00 PM

HILTI challenge results

01:30 PM

HILTI challenge winner presentations

02:30 PM

Coffee break | Poster session | Demos

02:50 PM

Invited speaker: academic

03:20 PM

Invited speaker: industry

03:50 PM

Industry-academia roundtable and panel discussion

04:20 PM

Team debate

Initial audience poll (3 min)
Introductions (5 min = 2 persons x 2.5 min each)
Opening arguments (10 min = 4 persons x 2.5 min each)
Moderated discussion between debaters, audience Q&A (25 min)
Closing remarks (5 min = 2 persons x 2.5 min each)
Final audience poll (2 min)

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Opinion B: TBA.
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04:50 PM

Closing remarks

05:00 PM

End of workshop

Organizers

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Dr. Yong K. Cho

Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Jingdao Chen

Mississippi State University

(Primary Contact Person) chenjingdao@cse.msstate.edu

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Dr. Inbae Jeong

North Dakota State University

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Dr. Chen Feng

New York University

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Dr. Liangjun Zhang

Baidu Research

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Dr. Maurice Fallon

University of Oxford

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Michael Helmberger

HILTI

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Kristian Morin

HILTI

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Ashish-Devadas Nair

HILTI

Sponsors


This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the following organizations:


We would like to acknowledge the support of the following RAS Technical Committees: