Publications / 2022 Proceedings of the 39th ISARC, Bogotá, Colombia

Teaching Construction Robotics for Higher Education Students: "Imagine and Make"

Zoubeir Lafhaj, Wassim Al Balkhy and Thomas Linner
Pages 47-54 (2022 Proceedings of the 39th ISARC, Bogotá, Colombia, ISBN 978-952-69524-2-0, ISSN 2413-5844)

The use of robotics in construction projects is still in its infancy despite the opportunities that robots can present to the improvement of construction practices. One of the strategies to effectively increase the reliance on robots in construction is increasing the knowledge and improving the educational programs about robotics for university students. This paper contributes to the ongoing efforts around the world to improve the teaching methods about construction robotics through the presentation of a novel method that is called "Imagine and Make", in which students learn how to integrate robotics in different aspects and practices in construction projects. The method has been applied at Centrale Lille in France since 2018. The results of the application of "Imagine and Make" in the first semester in 2021-2022, evaluation by students, and teaching outcomes are reported in this paper.

Keywords: Robotics; Construction management techniques; Construction 4.0; Robotics teaching; France