Students at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia are to be part of a new Centre of Excellence at the forefront of agri-robotics.
The world’s first Centre for Doctoral Training for agri-food robotics (CDT) is being established by the University of Lincoln, in collaboration with the UEA and the University of Cambridge.
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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded £6.6m for the new Centre.
Up to 50 PhD students will receive training and funding in the new centre to work with agriculture industry to establish how robots could solve problems and make the sector more efficient.
The agriculture sector is incredibly vast and faces many challenges, including population growth, climate change and other environmental concerns.
Farmers hope the introduction of more robotics into the industry will help increase productivity while keeping farms cost-effective.