The European Conference on Educational Robotics (ECER 2017) is among the most well-recognize conferences for students in Europe. During the event, students have the opportunity to present their discoveries in lectures and discussions with leading researchers in the field, to demonstrate the abilities of their robot and to participate in competitions with robots. The conference includes the official regional European round of the popular Botball competition. The event envisages other robo-competitions.
Each year, the Conference gathers in one place about 200 participants from different countries, such as USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Kuwait, Poland and many others. For the first time, in 2016, Bulgaria also took part with two teams from the Technological School “Electronic Systems” and Sofia Vocational High School of Electronics “John Atanassov”.
By the invitation of the European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe, the organizational committee of the conference decided that in 2017 the European Conference on Educational Robotics will be held for the first time in Bulgaria.
The conference will be organized as part of the activities within the project ER4STEM – Educational Robotics For Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, funded by Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission with the project consortium of: Vienna University of Technology (TUWien) – Austria, European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe (ESI CEE) – Bulgaria, Practical Robotics Institute Austria (PRIA) – Austria, University of Athens Educational Technology Lab (UoA) – Greece, AcrossLimits – Malta, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (Cardiff University) – United Kingdom, Certicon (CE) – Czech Republic.
The main coordinator of the event will be the European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe, with the assistance of the European organizer of the Conference – Practical Robotics Institute of Austria – PRIA.
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