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AI and Robotics in Construction

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 16:40-18:00

Organisers: Jason Rambach, Dimitrios Giakoumis, Antonio Alonso Cepeda

Main questions to be answered: What are the most important applications for AI and Robotics in Construction and which are the main technological challenges that need to be addressed in this scope?,

Additional questions: How can AI and Robotics solutions in construction be acceptable from both construction companies and workers?

Additional questions 2: What needs to be done in the next years to this end?,What are some unexpected challenges during implementation after 1 year of the projects and are there any user insights that we have collected in the project.

Workshop Description: The aim of the workshop is to highlight the potential benefits of AI and robotics in achieving automation in construction, on the basis of R&D activities that are performed within ongoing Horizon Europe projects. The workshop is organized for a second consecutive year by the projects Robetarme, HumanTech and Beeyonders, which were granted in the 2021 call “HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-12”. After briefly presenting the three projects, key aspects of AI and Robotics technologies that are necessary for introducing robotic automation in construction sites, will be addressed. Our main focus will be on robot vision, navigation, control and human-robot collaboration. Together with research project partners and the workshop audience, the latest advances will be discussed.

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: We are currently planning for an 80 min workshop. The proposed Agenda is as follows: Min 0-2 Welcome and Intro by organizers Min 3-22 Presentations of projects HumanTech, Beeyonders, RobetArme by the coordinators (5 mins per project). Min 23 – 53: Advances in Robot Vision, Navigation, Control and HRI towards new robotic solutions in construction, 3 speakers, 10–min speech each : – • RobotVision in challenging construction environments (Prof. Renaud Detry, KU Leuven) • Human-Robot Interfaces in Construction (HumanTech – SINTEF – Dr. Gabor Sziebig) • Robot Vision in Autonomous Machinery (BEEYONDERS – ITAINNOVA – Dra. María Teresa Lázaro) TBC 54 – 64 min : Insights from the first user evaluation in HumanTech (Baua – Patricia Rosen). 65 – 75 min: Round table – Lessons learned and challenges from robotic projects in construction Participants: • Prof. Herman Bruyninckx (KU Leuven) • Dr. Gabor Sziebig (SINTEF) • Dr. Sascha Wischniewski (Baua) • Dr. Christian Di Natali (IIT) • Ms. Cristina Naso-Rappis (STAM) 75-80 min: Feedback round with attendees

Contributors: Dr. Jason Rambach, German Research Center for Aritificial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern, Germany, organizer/presented, confirmed Dr. Dimitrios Giakoumis, CERTH ITI, Thessaloniki, Greece, organizer/presenter, confirmed Antonio Alonso Cepeda, ACCIONA, Madrid, Spain, organizer/presenter, confirmed Prof. Renaud Detry, KU Leuven, Belgium, speaker, confirmed Prof. Herman Bruyninckx, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, panelist, confirmed Dr. Gabor Sziebig, SINTEF Manufacturing, Trondheim, Norway, speaker/panelist, confirmed Patricia Rosen, BAUA Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Berlin, Germany, speaker, confirmed Dr. Sascha Wischniewski, BAUA Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Berlin, Germany, panelist, confirmed Dr. Christian DiNatali, IIT, San Quirico, Italy, panelist, confirmed Christina Naso Rappis, STAM, Genoa, Italy, panelist, confirmed Dr. Maria Teresa Lazaro, ITTAINOVA, Zaragoza, Spain, speaker/panelist, confirmed