Carlos Balaguer

Carlos III University of MadridSpain

Carlos Balaguer received his Ph.D. in Automation from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain in 1983. From 1983-1994 he was with the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation of the UPM as Associated Professor. Since 1996, he has been a Full Professor of the Robotics Lab at the University Carlos III of Madrid. He has been Director of the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation (2006-2007) and the vice-Rector for Research of the university in the period of 2007-2015. Prof. Balaguer´s research has included, but not limited, humanoids robotics, robots' design and development, robot control, path & task planning, force-torque control, assistive and service robots, rehabilitation and medical robots, climbing robots, robotics and automation in construction, human-robot interaction. He participates in numerous EU projects since 1989, like Eureka projects SAMCA, AMR y GEO; Esprit projects ROCCO and CEROS; Brite project FutureHome; IST project MATS; 6FP IP projects ManuBuild, I3CON, Tunconstruct; Strep project RobotCWE; 7FP project RoboSpect; and H2020 projects STAMS and BADGER (coordinator). He has published more than 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and several books in the field of robotics. He is a member of IEEE and IFAC, and former President of IAARC (2001-2004). He participates in the European networks Euron and Clawar. Prof. Balaguer had been also an Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine (2000-2005) and is member of the Editorial Board of Automation in Construction journal (Elsevier). He was the coordinator of the Spanish Robotic Network (2005-2009) and of the Madrid Community universities' consortium RoboCity2030 on Service Robots (2006-2018), and was the Spanish representative in the European platform EUROP (2006-2008). He is currently member of the euRobotics Board of Directors (2015 -). He is also Chairman of the Council for Science and Technology of the Community of Madrid (2016 -). He received several awards, among them the best book Fundamentos de robotica edited by McGraw-Hill (1988), best paper of the ISARC'2003 in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), IMSERSO´s Award 2004 for assistive robots research, the Industrial Robot journal Innovation Award of the Clawar'2005 in London (UK), Tucker-Hasegawa Award 2006 in Tokyo (Japan) for a major contribution in the field of Robotics & Automation in Construction and FUE´s Award 2014 for AIRBUS-UC3M Joint R&D Center. He was the General Chair of the IEEE-RAS Humanoids'2014 conference and is the General Chair of the IEEE/JRS IROS'2018 to be held in Madrid.

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This book addresses several issues related to the introduction of automaton and robotics in the construction industry in a collection of 23 chapters. The chapters are grouped in 3 main sections according to the theme or the type of technology they treat. Section I is dedicated to describe and analyse the main research challenges of Robotics and Automation in Construction (RAC). The second section consists of 12 chapters and is dedicated to the technologies and new developments employed to automate processes in the construction industry. Among these we have examples of ICT technologies used for purposes such as construction visualisation systems, added value management systems, construction materials and elements tracking using multiple IDs devices. This section also deals with Sensorial Systems and software used in the construction to improve the performances of machines such as cranes, and in improving Human-Machine Interfaces (MMI). Authors adopted Mixed and Augmented Reality in the MMI to ease the construction operations. Section III is dedicated to describe case studies of RAC and comprises 8 chapters. Among the eight chapters the section presents a robotic excavator and a semi-automated façade cleaning system. The section also presents work dedicated to enhancing the force of the workers in construction through the use of Robotic-powered exoskeletons and body joint-adapted assistive units, which allow the handling of greater loads.

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