Students from ARCADE lab led by Dr. Afsari showcased the Spot robot at the CEM booth in the Engineering Social event. Srijeet Halder and Minghao Dong talked about their work on construction robots with engineering freshmen. Curious students enquired and learned about the potential of robots in construction industry.
The ARCADE lab and its Spot project were featured on the front page of The Roanoke Times on Aug 19, 2021. The reporters accompanied the project team during their regular site visit to the Holden Hall in the Virginia Tech campus. The reporters saw in action some of the research work done by the project team. They interviewed Dr. Afsari, Srijeet Halder (Ph.D. student), and Minghao Dong (Senior undergraduate student).
... Read more
Jason Lopez (Sr. Vice President), Steve Devito (Director of Technology), and John Serdakowski (Building and Construction Technology Manager) from Procon Consulting LLC visited the ARCADE lab. Dr. Afsari and her students presented the findings after five months of research with the Spot robot at construction sites. In addition to the Procon team, the presentations were attended by Paul Ely (Associate Director) from VT Capital Constructions and his team. The group also visited the... Read more
The Spot project sponsored by Procon Consulting was featured in the BD+C magazine. Dr. Afsari and Dr. Thabet from Myers-Lawson School of Construction joined by Steve Devito and John Serdakowski from Procon Consulting gave an interview to the magazine. The topic of the interview was the Spot project and prospects of robots in construction.
Faculty and students from the ARCADE lab gave an online presentation to the students of Christiansburg Middle School on robotics for construction. Students were given an introduction to robotics and how robots are used in different ways. They were excited to see the Spot robot in action. The presentation was also joined by Procon Consulting who explained the construction industry and the potential of robots in construction. The hour-long presentation also included quizzes on... Read more