MOZART project aims to develop general-purpose, AI-powered robot technology for the handling of soft objects with specific demonstrators in the food processing industry.

The focus is on the implementation of a new generation of soft robotics that can work side-by-side with humans and complement the workforce.

MOZART technologies will push the boundaries of the food industry towards economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Economic sustainability

Social sustainability

Environmental sustainability


Support the green transition of the food processing industry by the development of soft tactile robotics to manipulate fresh, fragile food products

Extend the state-of-the-art in robotics perception, interaction, and manipulation as well as address the modularity and composability of solutions

Continuously monitor, evaluate, and achieve the sustainability (ecological, economic, social) of the project work

Prepare for product development of AUTOMAT by using feedback from demonstrations and working towards standardization

Efficient dissemination, communication and exploitation of the results of the project



The MOZART project aims to advance the state-of-the-art in the robotic handling of soft and heterogenous objects, which currently is limited to simple pick-and-place operations.
MOZART takes the first step towards solving this problem by developing a completely new approach based on novel reconfigurable surfaces embedded with soft sensors and controlled by AI-powered learning tools, the Autonomous Manipulation using Morphing Modular Mats (AUTOMATs).

An integrative social sciences and humanities study anticipates the challenges of deploying AUTOMATs in actual production environments, allowing operators to move to better jobs while monitoring and ensuring that the technological developments are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable.

MOZART targets the food processing industry as a context for demonstrating and maturing the AUTOMAT technology.


IT Universitetet i København

Coordinator, IT research

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Research in poro-elastic materials and sensors

Cabinplant AS

Providing machines for food processing and packaging

Fondazione ICONS

Communication and dissemination

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Research in poro-elastic materials, sensors and origami robotics

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