Conference Theme and Topics

The 27th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2010 will cover five broadly defined areas, including (not exclusively):

1. Automation & Robotics Applications

Papers in this area cover concepts, prototypes and implementation of automation in planning, construction or maintenance of facilities such as highways, buildings, tunnels, marine works, industrial plants and other infrastructure projects, including disaster management.

2. Robot Technology

Papers in this area should cover technology components of construction robots such as sensors, end-effectors, mechanisms, human-interface, control systems, power systems, cooperative robotics, nanobots, planning & control algorithms, etc.

3. Automated Data Acquisition & Monitoring

Papers in this area cover concepts, prototypes and implementation of automated data acquisition and monitoring systems for planning, procurement, control, construction or maintenance using technologies such as GPS, RFID, Computer-Aided Imaging, LIDAR, MEMS, wireless sensing, communications and systems for ubiquitous & pervasive computing.

4. Information & Computational Technology

Papers in this area should cover the use of information & computational technologies in Architecture, Design, Planning and Management of construction projects. Example topics include, but are not limited to, Databases, Integrated Data Models, nD-CAD, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, Virtual Reality, Web Technologies, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Knowledge Management, Intelligent Agent-based Subcontracting Systems, Optimisation, Artificial Intelligence, Soft Computing, Parallel Programming, Simulation, Mobile Computing, GIS, etc.

5. Management & Social Issues

Papers in this area cover managerial & social issues which have to be considered in implementing construction automation and robotics. The problem areas covered can be related to economics, organizational issues, legal matters, intellectual property, web-based project management, e-business, manpower utilization, globalization, competitiveness, productivity, contracts, trade unions, quality, safety, sustainability, culture, etc.