This focused section is intended to provide a platform for sharing and presenting new research and solutions for mobile robots (MRs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in field and service applications. In the last few years, the adoption of field robotics has rapidly increased with many notable examples that have been developed and validated for operations on the ground (of Earth or planets), under the ground, underwater, in the air, or in space. Applications range from agriculture, mining, surveillance, and environmental monitoring to search and rescue and disaster relief, planetary exploration, and nuclear power plant operations.

Service robots can assist and replace human operators in many dangerous or repetitive tasks or be used for entertainment, health-care, and household tasks. They can also be useful as mitigation measures during pandemic-related crises (COVID-19). In this respect, service robots can serve not only as healthcare agents for assistive...

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