The Robotics Open aims to promote science and technology among young people of all cycles, researchers, teachers and the general public, through autonomous robot competitions. With annual editions in different cities, this event also includes a Scientific Meeting (ICARSC 2015), where is given the opportunity for national and foreign researchers in the field of robotics, to present their latest research results in the area. Currently an initiative of the Portuguese Robotics Society, this event has enjoyed a growing number of teams and participants of all ages.

This year, the Robótica 2015 , will be held from 8 to 12 April 2015 on the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro in Vila Real. UTAD is set in a campus that has a botanical garden that constitutes one of the most important living collections of Portugal, currently containing about 1000 living species that form part of a wide range architectural - landscape. Besides the pleasant space, the Robotics 2015 organization in UTAD has a high logistical capacity with the support of faculty, staff and students in areas important to the organization of this event such as the areas of Informatics, Communication and Multimedia, Electrical and Computers, among others.

The autonomous robot competitions are divided into several leagues, divided into two main levels: Junior and Senior. In the senior competition, we have Autonomous Driving that is present since the creation of the event, the Robot@Factory and Freebots (and Freebots Junior), both in its 5th year of existence, and finally Middle Size Robotic Soccer (MSL - Middle Size League) with RoboCup official rules. Also with the RoboCup rules, but in Junior levels RoboCupJunior Soccer, RoboCupJunior Rescue and RoboCupJunior Dance . Demos in several areas, will also be available in Robótica 2015 at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. The event will work 24 hours per day, with free access to the public since the opening day, at a time to be announced.

Adding to all these facts we are conducting a robotics event for the first time in a region that is since December 2001 UNESCO World Heritage. Based on the region where the UTAD is inserted, the organization also intends to bring the applications of robotics in agriculture and forestry as interlinked topics of the Robotic Open in 2015.

As always, we expect a large turnout of the general public, even of foreign public who are visiting the city.