Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (SCI impact factor: 0.83) Special Issue on: “Automation and Robotics in Civil Engineering” Guest Editors Xiangyu Wang, Professor, Curtin University, Australia Lieyun Ding, Professor and Vice Chancellor, Northeastern University, China Background The construction industry often plays an influential role in national and global economies. The industry makes up 10% of GDP in developed countries, and more than 25% in developing countries. However, the degree of automation in construction is far less than in other industries like manufacturing. This results not only in poor productivity but also risky working conditions. Automation and Robotics applications are an opportunity to advance the construction industry. They have been rapidly developed in the past few decades. Major improvements can be found in control, sensing, vision, localization, mapping, and planning modules due to the fast development of computer hardware and software. Many researchers and practitioners have started implementing robotics technologies in construction processes. This special issue specifically focuses on research and case studies that demonstrate how automation and robotics technologies and tools can be applied in the construction of buildings and infrastructure. The submitted papers should identify one or multiple problems that critically requires the proposed solutions, propose an innovative approach using automation robotics technologies, and evaluate the usefulness of the proposed approach in corresponding context. New knowledge must be derived from the research in each paper and significant contributions must outstand in the paper before it can be considered for publication. They should aspire to mark critical milestones in the industry and will occupy key positions in the academic community surrounding this booming research area. Each paper will be sent for rigorous peer assessment performed by at least 3 academics and researchers in the field. Scope The following list, although not exhaustive, provides some indication of the range of topics suitable for the special issue: automation and robotics such as manless machine to in building and infrastructure construction. automation and robotics in surveying processes automation and robotics in safety auditing. automation and robotics in hazard engineering automation and robotics technology in rescue operation in building and infrastructure construction. development and implement robotics construction machines automation and robotics technology in construction management Innovative robotics applications in construction industry Contributions are encouraged from various disciplinary perspectives, including architecture, civil engineering, construction and mechanics engineering, and computer science. Contributions should take a broad and integrative perspective on relevant topics, rather than merely describing narrow and specific research results.