• Monica Zhang

What are Professional Service Robots?

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

A New Form of Robotic Automation Outside of the Factory Setting


Professional service robots are a type of robot typically considered for use outside of a manufacturing facility within a professional setting. While industrial robots automate manufacturing tasks, professional service robots, which vary greatly in form and function, automate menial, dangerous, time-consuming, or repetitive tasks, effectively freeing human workers to perform more cognitive functions.



Most professional service robots are semi-autonomous or fully autonomous robots with some form of mobility. There are service robots that are intended to interact with people, typically deployed in a retail, hospitality, healthcare, warehouse or fulfillment setting. Others are deployed in more rugged settings, such as in space and defense, agricultural applications, and demolition, to a