Let's see what 2021 had in store for us.
What could be a better place for innovators, academics, or simply robotics fans than technology and robotics events that bring together all members of a community of this kind? Below, we present the most interesting technology and robotics events in 2021.
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021
International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2021
Global Summit and Expo on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications 2021
World Robot Summit 2020
European Rover Challenge 2021
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2021
ROS World 2021
International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications (CHIRA) 2021
Space Tech Expo Europe 2021
International Conference on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (ICRAI) 2021
January 11–14, 2021, virtually
CES, which stands for Consumer Electronics Show, is the world's largest trade show held annually in January in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association.
The event showcases new products, prototypes, and emerging technologies in the consumer electronics industry.
The 2021 edition of CES focused on smart and climate-friendly solutions for home, health, industry, and mobility.
CES 2021 was the 51st edition of the event and for the first time, it was held fully as a digital experience.
May 30–June 5, 2021, Hybrid – Xi’an China/Virtual
The International Conference on Robotics and Automation is an annual academic meeting devoted to advances in robotics. It's one of the leading conferences of this kind. It gathers renowned researchers and companies to share advances and ideas in the field.
The ICRA 2021 conference provided excellent technical and social programs. The event was held in a hybrid formula, including both on-site and cloud meetings.
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September 6–8, 2021, virtually
The 2021 edition of Global Summit and Expo on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications was held on September 6-8 as a virtual conference organized by The Scientistt.
GSERITA 2021 aimed at providing participants with a unique forum to discuss the latest developments and both refresh and deepen their knowledge. The event created a lot of networking opportunities, enabling the participants to meet and interact with foremost figures in the field of advanced technologies of Robot Intelligence and Smart Applications.
The program of the conference included distinguished plenary and keynote talks, oral presentations, poster sessions, sponsored luncheons as well as networking events.
The overall goal of GSERITA is to make connections, with the main scientific topics on the latest trends in Intelligent Healthcare Systems, Knowledge Engineering, Big Data Analytics, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms.
September 9–12, 2021, Aichi, Japan
October 8–10, 2021, Fukushima, Japan
The goal of the World Robot Summit is to gather the latest technologies from all over the world, overcome some of the toughest challenges, increase people's understanding of robots allowing them to experience and learn about robotics, as well as encourage them to participate in positive discussions.
There are two parts in WRS. The first one is the World Robot Expo (WRE) - an exhibition that presents advanced robots and technologies, allowing the audience to take a look at robots in action today and in the future. The other part of WRS is the World Robot Challenge (WRC). It's a robot competition, in which 4 teams from all over the world vie with one another in 4 categories.
In light of the coronavirus spread worldwide, the 2020 edition of WRS had been postponed and eventually took place in 2021 still maintaining the name “World Robot Summit 2020”.
September 10–12, Kielce, Poland
Annually held in Poland, the European Rover Challenge is the largest international robotics and space event in Europe. It brings together experts in planetary robotics, Mars rover designers as well as representatives of business and science, the sector of new technologies, and the general public interested in the field.
This year’s event took place on 10–12th September and was hosted by the Kielce University of Technology.
During the ERC 2021, participants competed both in the ON-SITE and OFF-SITE formula. This new, hybrid formula of the ERC allowed all willing teams to participate in the competition, regardless of where they were on the globe during the event. Remote control of robots not only leveled the playing field for all participants but also brought the competition even closer to the real working conditions of NASA or ESA teams.
Here, at Leo Rover, we’re proud to announce that as a technical partner, for the second time we supported the OFF-SITE formula of the competition in which the teams remotely connected to Leo Rover and with the use of a special interface were able to perform the same tasks as their fellows from the ON-SITE formula.
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September 27–October 1, 2021, Prague, Czech Republic
The International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) presents leading-edge research in the field of robotics. The event is devoted to future directions in robotics, designs, the latest approaches and outcomes. In addition to this, IROS gives the opportunity to establish contacts with the world's most eminent roboticists.
In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, IROS 2021 was held online.
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October 20–21, 2021, virtually
The Ros World (ROSCon) is a ROS developers' conference held annually since 2012.
The two-day conference featured technical talks that presented and explained how to use tools and libraries, shared techniques, and described the best practices.
With the wide and growing adoption of ROS across the entire robotics community, ROSCon provides a forum in which community members can meet and discuss software engineering and development with the use of a common language.
Instead of the in-person ROSCon 2021, the event was held online as the ROS World 2021.
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October 27–30, 2021, Goyang, Korea
The Robotworld is Korea's number 1 robot exhibition and one of the three largest international robot shows. It comprises of exhibition, competition, and conference. Since 2006, it's been held annually in October.
The event provides companies with the opportunity to increase product awareness and reach out to potential customers.
Being a global exhibition for robotics companies worldwide, Robotworld has been a reliable base for the revival of business and the expansion of robot demand.
The International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications (CHIRA) aims at bringing together students, academics, and professionals interested in improving the research and practical applications of human-technology and human-computer interactions.
Several aspects of computer-human interactions were addressed in five parallel tracks: covering different aspects of Computer-Human Interaction, including Human Factors, Interaction Design, User-Friendly Software and Systems, Cognition, Perception, Entertainment, Pervasive Technology and Interactive Devices. Apart from paper presentations, the program of the event also consisted of keynote talks delivered by world-renowned speakers.
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 edition of CHIRA was held as a web-based event.
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November 16–18, 2021, Bremen, Germany
The Space Tech Expo Europe is a main supply-chain and engineering event devoted to design, testing, manufacturing, and engineering services for subsystems, spacecraft, and components for space applications.
The Space Tech Expo Europe 2021 provided crucial insights into the most compelling developments and innovations in the European space industry.
The conference consisted of over 75 high-level speakers concentrating on key topics, including investment, sustainability, launch, downstream applications, and space exploration.
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November 19–22, 2021, Guangzhou, China
The International Conference on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence is a global event that creates an excellent academic environment for all aspirants who look for new ideas and achievements. The conference brings together some of the most proficient academic experts from around the world.
The ICRAI 2021 took place in Guangzhou, China, on November 19–22. The event was held in both on-site and off-site formats.
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Despite the still raging COVID-19 pandemic, there was no shortage of excitement for fans, innovators, and experts in technology and robotics areas in 2021, as evidenced by the events presented above. In such a rapidly changing world, technology is moving forward before our very eyes, and events of this kind provide a great opportunity for attendees to keep up with it. See our blog post on technology and robotics event in 2020.