Due to the current situation, resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Portuguese Robotics Society and the Organizing Committee of the Portuguese Robotics Open 2021 (FNR'2021) consider that the necessary conditions are not met for us to be able to be all in person in Santa Maria da Feira, enjoying an event with the quality and conditions we are already used to.
However, in order not to be another year without robotic competitions and to keep the bonds that unite us alive, the decision was made to hold this year's edition of the FNR on a virtual basis.
The Portuguese Robotics Open promotes Science and Technology among young people, teachers, researchers and the general public, through competitions of autonomous robots. Held annually in different cities, this event also includes a Scientific Meeting (ICARSC 2021), where national and foreign researchers in the field of Robotics are given the opportunity to present their latest research results in their area.
Robotic competitions are designed to promote an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit in children and young people through active teaching methods, as well as the acquisition of transversal skills, also disclosing this area to the general public.
At the Portuguese Robotics Open, Portuguese teams are selected for RoboCup, a global robotics competition, which brings together the best teams in each country, and in which Portugal already has a history of good results.
Is an international forum bringing together researchers from all robotics areas aiming to discuss the latest progress in their research field and evaluate advances in the state-of-the-art. ICARSC2021 is co-sponsored by the Portuguese Robotics Society, IEEE Portugal Section, IEEE Portugal RAS Chapter and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). Contributions from the academy, industry and outputs from collaboration between industrial and academic R&D units are welcome.
The 2021 edition of the Portuguese Robotics Open is co-organized by the Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira, by Edu.tech and by the Portuguese Robotics Society, with logistical support from Modal Creativity.