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Moderation of BuildTech Excellence Forum
New life/care concepts
Plenary Talk at EU Interegio Conference baltse@nior in Poznan
Teleoperation of robotic excavator in Saga from Tokyo 11th January 2020
Kick off New Research Center Advanced Technology University of Tokyo "Inclusive Design"
Keynote at Kick Off Symposium for New "Inclusive Design Research Center" at the University of Tokyo
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br2 at Danish Bavarian Workshop on Robotics/ICT in Horizon 2020
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Design Action 2030: Sustainable Development for Our Future Society 2nd International Forum of Sino-German Industrial Design Innovation Research School at Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China
Chair gives Plenary Talk at IEEE, arso Conference on social Robotics in BIT Beijing, China
BCA Delegation from Singapore at br2 on 25th october 2019 for future construction robotics roadmap 2030
Chair Keynote on Robotic City Moscow
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SMAS (Solid Material Assembling System)

SMAS is a of reinforced masonry construction system. A standard building block processed by this system, 30cm x 30cm x 18cm in size and 20kg in weight, is made of pre-cast concrete and includes cross-shaped steel bar inside each component for the reinforced of structural wall. The design of the building blocks along with the design of the robot system and the logistics was part of the project. Building blocks are positioned automatically by the robot one by one without arrangements of conventional bonding. Following the positioning of each component, steel bars are connected to those of adjacent components also by the robot. The joint type of steel bar for vertical direction is mechanical, and that for lateral direction is overlapping. Concrete is grouted from the top of the wall which is erected one story high (about 3m). The newly developed operating hand is installed to the mother robot (6-articulation-type robot) which was developed for a wide variety of applications in factory use and a series of experiments for wall erection were carried out.

The SMAS System itself was designed as a modular system for the purpose that single components could be developed further in the future. All system components including the building blocks were developed as complementary parts according to the guidelines of Robot Oriented Design (ROD).


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From early Trials to advanced Computer Integrated Prefabrication of Brickwork.
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