Welcome

Stakeholders in infrastructure construction—owner-agencies, industry, and academia—are invited to the Conference on Autonomous and Robotic Construction of Infrastructure on June 2-3, 2015, at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa.

Constructing long-lasting roadways and other infrastructure—bridges, buildings, tunnels, airfields, dams, etc.—requires careful process control. Unfortunately, current limitations in human operator capabilities restrict meaningful advancements.

Autonomous and robotic controls of the building process, however, have enormous potential to overcome the problems introduced by human operators, reducing inefficiencies and safety risks and producing consistently reliable, high-quality results.

There's no doubt about it: this is the future of infrastructure construction, and the future is now.

Just as robotics have become routine in the world of manufacturing, they could become the state of the practice for automating tasks in infrastructure construction and for ensuring reliable outcomes.

This first-of-its-kind conference and workshop will bring together national and international leaders in the development and application of autonomous/robotic process controls in construction of infrastructure. The two-day event will provide participants with two critical opportunities:
  • Learn about the current state of autonomous/robotic technology development and implementation in infrastructure construction across the country and globe
  • Help identify gaps and opportunities for continued innovation and broader application of these technologies
On behalf of our sponsors and partners, we look forward to seeing you in Iowa in June 2015.

Sincerely,
Planning Committee Members

Center for Earthworks Engineering Research at
Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation

Caterpillar
Iowa Department of Transportation
Midwest Transportation Center, ISU
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, ISU
Center for Industrial Research and Service, ISU

David J. White, PhD, P.E.
Dept. of Civil, Construction and
Environmental Engineering
Iowa State University

Brad Holsapple
Earth Mechanics Research
Caterpillar, Inc.

Kris De Brabanter, PhD
Dept. of Statistics,
Dept. of Comp. Science
Iowa State University

Melissa Serio, P.E.
Earthwork Field Engineer
Iowa Department of Transportation

Charles T. Jahren, PhD, P.E.
Dept. of Civil, Construction and
Environmental Engineering
Iowa State University

Gary Anderton, PhD
Chief, Airfields and
Pavements Branch
U.S. Army Engineer
Research and Development Center

Simon Laflamme, PhD, P.E.
Dept. of Civil, Construction,and
Environmental Engineering,
Dept. of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
Iowa State University

Raj Aggarwal, PhD
Dept. of Electrical and
Comp. Engineering
Industrial Research Initiatives
Iowa State University

Brent Phares, PhD, P.E.
Bridge Engineering Center
Institute for Transportation

Caroline Westort, PhD, GISP
Dept. of Landscape Architecture
Iowa State University

Pavana Vennapusa, PhD, P.E.
Assist. Dir. CEER
Iowa State University