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Introduction

  • Seungyeol LeeEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Computer Science book series (BRIEFSCOMPUTER, volume 8)

Abstract

These days, construction companies are beginning to be concerned about a potential labor shortage by demographic changes and an aging construction work force. Also, an improvement in construction safety could not only reduce accidents but also decrease the cost of the construction, and is therefore one of the imperative goals of the construction industry. These challenges correspond to the potential for Automation and Robotics in Construction as one of solutions. Almost half of construction work is said to be material handling and materials used for construction are heavy and bulky for humans. To date, various types of robots have been developed for glazed panel construction. Through the case studies on constructions, to which the robots were applied, however, we could find some difficulties to be overcome. In this study, a human–robot cooperative system is deduced as one approach to surmount these difficulties and then, considerations on interactions among the operator, robot and environment are applied to design of the system controller. The human–robot cooperative system can cope with various and untypical constructing environment through the real-time interacting with a human, robot and constructing environment simultaneously. The physical power of a robot system helps a human to handle heavy construction materials with relatively scaled-down load. Also, a human can feel and response the force reflected from robot end effecter acting with working environment.

Keywords

Construction industry Construction robots Building materials Labor shortage Panel construction Remote-controlled construction robot Curtain walls Human–robot cooperative manipulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robotics Research DivisionDaegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and TechnologyDaeguRepublic of Korea

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