Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bock



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Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Bock's research and prototype development develops proposed solutions for affordable housing, energy-efficient renovation of existing buildings and the ageing society. The foundations for robotic kinematics suitable for construction with their ecosystems are being determined, and the associated construction product systems are being developed.

Prof. Bock studied at the University of Stuttgart, the IIT in Chicago and the University of Tokyo. At the CNRS in France, he founded the first European Commission for Construction Robotics. In 1989, he was appointed to the University of Karlsruhe (TH), before coming to the Chair of Construction Realisation and Construction Robotics at the TUM in 1997. He has worked on over 50 automated and robotic product and production systems in the most innovative construction companies in Europe, USA and Japan. He is a co-founder of IAARC and the Asian Habitat Society and advises governments and academies worldwide. In 2017, the DFG awarded him the Seibold Prize for his pioneering research in construction robotics for 35 years. He is (co-)author of more than 500 articles in several languages, has been awarded honorary professorships several times and holds various fellowships, honorary and visiting professorships. He is co-editor of various journals and co-author of the world's first book series on construction robotics published by Cambridge University Press in 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. 


Bock T, Linner T: Construction Robots. Elementary Technologies and Single-Task Construction Robots. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.


Bock T, Linner T: Site Automation. Automated/Robotic On-site Factories. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 


Bock T, Linner T: Robotic Industrialization. Automation and Robotic Technologies for Customized Component, Module, and Building Prefabrication. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.


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.