Over the past decades, automation and robotics have been widely adopted in the construction industry as a promising solution for troubleshooting issues. This field is highly interdisciplinary and rapidly changing, and new concepts and ideas are being actively introduced in association with the existing ones. To reveal new insights, the evolution of knowledge in this field needs to be characterized by identifying important knowledge elements and research trends from published data. This study investigated research trends and network characteristics in the field of construction automation and robotics by using a keyword network analysis based on published articles. We analyzed the structure of the keyword network and identified major research topics and their relationships. Notable findings of the research characteristics are as follows. 1) Popular research themes with a set of closely connected keywords continue to be selected and contribute to the evolution of the network. 2) As an interdisciplinary research area, popular keywords that actively interact with other keywords also bridge different clusters of related research concepts. This study could provide useful insights and a better understanding of the knowledge structure and research trends as well as information on future directions in the construction automation and robotics field.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (NRF-2019R1A4A1028116) funded by the Korea government (MSIT) and by research fund from Chosun University (2019).
© 2020, © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of the Architectural Institute of Japan, Architectural Institute of Korea and Architectural Society of China.
- automation and robotics
- construction industry
- keyword network
- network characteristics
- trend analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Cultural Studies
- Building and Construction
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)