Architecture-Specific Distributed Robotic Systems
This talk will give insights on multidisciplinary research that explores autonomous construction using distributed robotic systems. Distributed robotic refers to a large number of small, agile construction robots that can produce complex, functionally adapted assemblies from individual parts in highly parallel processes. This represents a fundamentally different approach than the current trends towards the automation of individual pre-digital construction machines. As such the application of distributed robotics systems on construction sites, where the machines required can fit in a suitcase, would require a shift in the current state of building construction. This talk discusses this shift through the presentation of ongoing research on the development of a specific distributed robotic system. This system is composed of team of single-axis robots which leverage timber struts for locomotion, material manipulation and in turn the assembly of architectural structures.