Special Issue on Construction Robot
Yoshitaka Yanagihara, Hiroshi Yoshinada, and Fumihiro Inoue
Robot and mechatronics technologies in the construction industry, as in the manufacturing industry, are, first of all, expected to help provide high-quality structures and services safely in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible expense. Increasingly greater expectations have arisen since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in regard to technologies involving disaster response and global environment protection. Under these circumstances, we are publishing a special issue on element technologies required for construction robots, and technologies adopted at actual disaster sites. These papers include one each on automatic and drive control technologies for heavy machinery, five on remote operations, three on position measurement and detection technologies, and three on technologies to be used at actual disaster sites. Application fields of these technologies are broad enough to cover all building and civil engineering work, network systems to be incorporated into structures, disaster response, marine development, and space development. Construction robots have always required robust robot technologies for severe outdoor work. We hope this special issue will help to accelerate the research and development of construction robots, to promote practical applications, and to support the utilization of element technologies in special environments in addition to outdoor environments.
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