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Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana will between 7 and 10 December 2021 host the 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR-2021. Renowned as the most elite and respected conference in robotics in the world, will be this year, due to the Covid situation, held remotely. ICAR-2021 is co-organised by J. Stefan Institute (Slovenia), University of Verona (Italy) and Congress Centre of Cankarjev dom, lead by Alenka Kregar.

The conference will gather international participants from all over the world to exchange original contributions, new ideas and views. The organisers report a record number of registered contributions for the conference in Cankarjev dom. They received more than 230 contributions from 39 countries. Among these, the programme committee will choose around 160 to 170 contributions and enable them with a presentation and a lecture at the conference.

ICAR was established almost 40 years ago. In 1983, the first world conference focused on robotics science was set in Japan. With the help of the conference, a network of robotics scientists has been formed since that has contributed to the rapid development of robotics in science laboratories and industry.

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“ICAR has positioned itself on the edge between the seen and the unseen, between the known and the unknown. It pushes the boundaries of robotics and sets new research areas in robotics science and technology,” emphasize the conference Co-chairs, Jadran Lenarčič (J. Stefan Institute, Slvoenia) and Paolo Fiorini, (University of Verona, Italy) say about ICAR.

Robotics is a broad multidisciplinary field where new ideas meet and confront each other and where new questions are asked, which open the door to completely new trends and development opportunities. Due to today’s exceptional technological possibilities and advances in artificial intelligence, robotics is taking enormous steps forward. The 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics held virtually in and by Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana will bring these new large steps to the heart of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana.