Chair facilitates start-up creation in the field of construction robotics
Chairholder invited to university hospital geneva to talk on: The Robotic Future of Elderly Care
New CIB Proceedings W119-TG93: International Conference on Smart, Sustainable and Sensuous Settlements Transformation (3SSettlements)
The chair’s BMBF project on „assistive workplaces” covered in ZDF’s TV documentation series “plan b”
11th World Conference on Gerontechnology
Prof. Inaba of University of Tokyo gives a Talk on humanoid robotics at br2
Opening "Grieserhof" Carehome with LISA-br2-Moduls
BaltSe@nioR at Milan Design Week 2018
Guest Professor Dr-Ing. habil Alexej Bulgakov holds keynote speech at annual assembly of russian academy of architecture, city planning and construction sciences in moscow on 20th april 2018
br2 paper “A framework of indicators for assessing construction automation and robotics in the sustainability context” published in Journal of Cleaner Production
Japan based, multinational firm Kobe Steel (KOBELCO) visited br2 chair at TUM
Cover Page of White Book on Healthy Aging for Taiwan
Work anniversary Lecture Dr. Linner
Chairholder tests new Humanoid Robotic Excavator Doka Robo at Kanamoto in Noda Chiba Japan
Chairholder tests new Telerobotic Excavator System at Public Works Research Institute of the Ministry of Construction
Yao Yorozu no Robot
DFG Memorial Lecture by Prof Bock "Yao Yorozu no Robot" and Dr. Linner in OIT, Japan
DFG Seibold Award lecture series
"Space AGE Space" lecture at DIJ Tokyo
CIB Conference organized by the Chair took place on the 7th and 8th of March 2018 at TUM with international participation


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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Systematic Design Analysis for (ROD) Design Synthesis Shown at the Example of a Structural Joining System Suited for Robotic Assembly, in: Proceedings of the 6th ISARC (International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction), S. 111-118, San Francisco, 06.06.1989, US

T. Bock, T. Linner
From early Trials to advanced Computer Integrated Prefabrication of Brickwork.
In: New Perspective in Industrialization in Construction – A State-of-the-Art Report; (Eds) Girmscheid, F. Scheublin; CIB Publication 329, Switzerland/Zurich: ETH Zürich; May 2009; ISBN 978-3-906800-17-2; Page 161-181