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Robotics is a technology that encompasses the design, building, implementation, and operation of robots. Robotics includes applications designed to conduct a specific task or series of tasks for commercial purposes. These robots may be stationary or mobile but are limited in function as defined by the intended application. Multipurpose robots are capable of performing a variety of functions and movements determined by a user that programs the robot for tasks, movement, range, and other functions and that may change the effector based on the required task. These robots function autonomously within the parameters of their programming to conduct tasks for commercial applications and may be fixed, "moveable," or mobile. Cognitive robots are capable of decision making and reason, which allows them to function within a complex environment.

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Connecting robotic technologies with the agrifood sector

agROBOfood is an EU funded four-years project aiming to build a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) that stimulates the effective adoption of robotic technologies in the agri-food sector, which in turn will become more efficient and competitive.

Collaborative robots, human-AI systems and the role for policy

This report focuses on analysing the consequences of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics-based automation on industry and work, the related human-machine systems and human-computer interaction, and the need for policy to support a positive transition and mitigate the potential risks. Automa

Robotics for food processing and preparation

As the food industry faces an array of challenges such as changing diets, climate change, resource depletion, demographics and globalisation, food robotics could help mastering some of those, e.g.