Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bock
Academic Career and Research Areas
Professor Bock’s research focuses on robotic construction as design, prefabrication, on-site robotics, robotic building maintenance and recycling. A further area of specialization includes life support systems, which are robotic environments inspired by space stations to empower elderly for independent life, work and mobility.
Professor Bock studied in Stuttgart, the IIT in Chicago, and in Tokyo. At the CNRS in France, he established the first European construction robotics commission. In 1989, he became professor for automation in construction management at Karlsruhe University, before being appointed to his chair at TUM in 1997. He is the co-founder and director of IAARC and the Asian Habitat Society and advises governments and academies worldwide. In 2017, he was awarded with the DFG Seibold award for 35 years of pioneering research in construction robotics. He has (co-)authored some 500 articles in various languages and holds several honorary and visiting professorships, professoral degrees, fellowships. He is also involved in editing several journals, and in publishing the world’s first book series on “Construction Robotics” at Cambridge University Press since 2015.
- Eugen und Ilse Seibold-Preis, DFG (2017)
- Tucker Hasegawa Award, IAARC (2008)
- Distinguished Fellow, Universität Tokio (2007)
- 10. Ehrenprofessor an der Südrussischen Staatlichen Technischen Universität, vormals Politechnisches Institut (2002)
- Goldmedaille der Akademie für Architektur und Bauwissenschaften der GUS für eine Monographiereihe über Bauautomatisierung und -robotik (2001)
Bock T, Linner T, Guettler J, Ituralde K: Ambient Integrated Robotics. Automation and Robotic Technologies for Maintenance, Assistance, and Service. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.Abstract
Bock T, Linner T: Construction Robots. Elementary Technologies and Single-Task Construction Robots. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.Abstract
Bock T, Linner T: Site Automation. Automated/Robotic On-site Factories. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.Abstract
Bock T, Linner T: Robotic Industrialization. Automation and Robotic Technologies for Customized Component, Module, and Building Prefabrication. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.Abstract
Bock T, Linner T: Robot-Oriented Design. Design and Management Tools for the Deployment of Automation and Robotics in Construction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.Abstract