The IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions gathers participants from academia and industry working in the field of autonomous robotics and related areas. It is organized within the 15th Portuguese Robotics Open, a RoboCup-sponsored local event. The conference will be held at the University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto-Douro (UTAD) in Vila Real, Portugal, on April 8-10, 2015.
UTAD is a young university that spawn from the previous Vila Real Polytechnic Institute in 1986. Vila Real is at the heart of the Port Wine producing region in the north of Portugal, approximately 100km inland from Porto. This is also the region that produces the Douro wines, which are among the best in the world. Finally, Vila Real is the town of the Mateus palace that became world famous in the labels of the Mateus Rose wine bottles.
The conference started as the meeting point of the Portuguese community working on Mobile Robotics Competitions and soon grew to an open international event to share related research work.
ICARSC 2015 is an IEEE co-sponsored event and its proceedings will be indexed by IEEExplore and Scopus. Moreover, similarly to previous editions, a special section with extended versions of selected papers will be published in the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems from Springer, an ISI indexed journal.
This year the conference will particularly seek cutting-edge research works on Agricultural Robotics.