Auburn’s McWhorter School of Building Science hosting international conference on automation and robotics in construction

Published: July 19, 2016
Updated: July 20, 2016
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The McWhorter School of Building Science is hosting the 33rd annual International Symposium for Automation and Robotics in Construction July 18-21 at Auburn University with the theme “Collaboration between Academia and Industry.”

ISARC, which started in 1984 in Pittsburgh, serves as the annual meeting for the members of the International Association in Automation and Robotics in Construction–a global community with specific concern for all fields of construction including civil and building engineering, machine automation, robotics applications to construction, IT technologies, planning, logistics, etc.

Previous symposia have been hosted in several countries worldwide and have yielded diverse refereed papers that have been published in proceedings and the journal ‘Automation in Construction.’

"The academic journal ‘Automation in Construction’ is the highest ranked global publication for researchers on the subject," said Anoop Sattineni, the Bob Aderholdt Professor in the McWhorter School. "As such, it can be unequivocally stated that most of the advances in the area of automation in construction have been shaped by the research published in this prestigious journal. Together, the proceedings and the journal, form a compelling illustration of how developments in automation and robotics in construction continue to march towards the market place. Contributions from all continents at the symposium provide the major platform for delegates to exchange views and ideas and discuss how they might work together on new projects."

Auburn University won the bid to host the conference over fellow bidders from Taipei and Moscow in 2014 at the Sydney meeting. More than 200 researchers from over 30 countries are expected to attend the conference. The conference organizing committee invited researchers from Auburn University to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Auburn University to showcase many of the research endeavors undertaken by its faculty and students," Sattineni said. "Construction companies are active participants in a variety of roles within academic institutions throughout the U.S. Researchers and practitioners will be able to interact and share their ideas regarding the future of technology in the construction industry."