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Robotics for European Digital Construction Strategy 30th November 2017
BERTIM Newsletter #5 published
Chairholder Presents Keynote at the Construction Management Institute and Construction Association of Hongkong on the Bridge to Advancement New Horizons in Hongkong s Construction Industry
Special Issue of Journal of Gerontechnology focussing on REACH outcomes and edited by Prof. Dr.-Ing./Univ. Tokio T. Bock published
"Exosceleton and Humanoid Robotics in Construction and Built Environment" Chapter has reached over 14000 downloads
Keynote at Singapore Contractors Association Built Environment Summit 2017
DFG awards Chairholder with Eugen und Ilse Seibold Preis 2017
Imagine the Future 2017 Keynote
Chairholder deliver Opening Keynote at "Imagine the Future" Symposium George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Chair is Scientific Committee Member of Future Furniture Design Research and Industry Conference
Special Invited Speeches of Chairholder at 17th National Construction Robotics Symposium and at Japan Society Civil Engineers in Tokyo Japan
Meeting Rooms at Boost Brothers are now named after Pioneers of Construction
br2 Chair Delivers Opening Invited Speech at Rais in Hongkong on 25th August 2017
Yearbook 2017 Interview
Exclusive Interview with an Industry Visionary
Chairholder Delivers Invited Keynote at Robotics Forum 3rd July Hongkong University Science and Technology
Transforming Construction by Robotics Opening Note by Chairholder
Eugen und Ilse Seibold-Preis der DFG geht an Thomas Bock von der TU München
Chairholder gives Keynote on Robotic Construction at Congreso Europeo sobre Eficiencia Energética y Sostenibilidad en Arquitectura y Urbanismo EESAP8
Chairholder Delivers Opening Keynote at Ace Workshop at Ecole Centrale France on 5th July

 

Learning by Researching


The Master Course Advanced Construction and Building Technology is of high relevance to the involved Chairs, to the faculty, as well as to the TUM, and it offers a chance to expand existent first-class positions. Basically two important fields can be distinguished:

• Robotization and Automation in Building and Construction Industry:
Robotization and automation in the building and construction industry is a research field, which has been internationally established for around 30 years now. Numerous international conferences (for example the ISARC International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction), CIB-workgroups (TG 57 Industrialization; W 104 Open Building Implementation, W 96 Architectural Management), but also exhibitions (New York MoMA: Home Delivery, 2008; Pinakothek der Moderne: Wendepunkt(e) im Bauen, 2010) and initiatives (Zukunft Bau, BMBF; Bayern Innovativ) emphasize the importance of this research field. The expertise of the holder of the Chair for Building Realization and Robotics, Prof. Thomas Bock, in this field is pertinent. He has been doing research in the field of building robotics for 26 years, is considered to be one of the co-founders, was among others the president of the „International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction“ until 2007 and has more than 300 publications, predominantly in this field, to his name. The term „Robot Oriented Design“ was initially published by him in May 1988 in Tokyo, since then his work was the foundation for more than 50 building-robotic systems, 25 automated building sites and several service-robotic systems. Prof. Bock is a member of prestigious editorial boards like „Robotica“, (Cambridge University Press), „Automation in Construction“, (Elsevier), “academie”´(RAACS) and many more.
Since architecture is also increasingly the nucleus of crystallization for embedded technologies in built life-surroundings, the thematic fields of „intelligent surroundings“ and „interaction with intelligent surroundings“ are another focus in the science and research of the Chair for Building Realization and Robotics. The special content wise positioning of the Chair lies in the combination of architecture, informatics, robotics and integrated system technology.

• Demographic Change, Ambient Assisted Living, High- Tech Assistive Systems:
The demographic change is a social challenge for the Scientific Community as well as it will unavoidably be a focus of political responsibility of the next generation. The TUM, the Faculty of Architecture and the Chair for Building Realization and Robotics are deeply committed to these research fields.
The Master Course Advanced Construction and Building Technology lines up in a list of efforts to take up the relevance and potential of this topic. It particularly wants to go towards promoting the integration of assistive systems into the life and work surroundings of private and public spaces.
The holder of the Chair for Building Realization and Robotics is, since the incurrence of the innovation field of „Ambient Assisted Living“ (abbr.: AAL), member of the program committee of the same-titled initiative of the „Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung“ (BMBF) and was represented on all German AAL congresses with his own sessions.
The Chair and the Chaircomprehensive project group TUM AIR (Ambient Innovation Robotics) take up the topic of demographic change and try to utilize new (at the TUM developed) technologies for the support of the activities in daily life in the domestic surrounding. Several AIR-projectteams developed concepts and solutions for intelligent and adjustable life surroundings. Among the cooperation partners of the AIR group are the Chair for Applied Informatics / Cooperative Systems (Prof. Schlichter), the Chair for Medicine Technology (Prof. Steinbach, Prof. Kranz; „Ubiquitous Computing“, „Human-Machine-Interfaces“), the Chair for Medical Electronics (Prof. Wolf, Dr. Friedrich), the Chair for Human-Machine- Communication (Prof. Rigoll) as well as the Chair for Robotics and Embedded Systems (Prof. Knoll).

The Master Course wants to play a part in contributing the concentrated study of highly qualified national and international students on the above mentioned research topics over the period of four semesters. Since the Master Course equally addresses students from different areas of studies, an enrichment of the whole architecture and construction oriented research is to be expected, which is able to deal with the increasing complexity of interdisciplinary research challenges.