This spring, Reza Akhavian, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering at San Diego State University, received a $691,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award grant.
Akhavian’s research includes finding ways to enhance safety and efficiency on construction jobsites through robotics. Here, the professor talks with Construction Dive about the focus of his research and misconceptions about construction robotics.
CONSTRUCTION DIVE: What types of robots best benefit construction?
REZA AKHAVIAN: Different robotics applications can benefit construction. On the one hand, there are repetitive and thus unsafe construction tasks that can be robotized to protect workers’ safety. On the other hand, there are tasks that are simply tedious and time-consuming and do not necessarily require human-level intelligence that can be…