1st International Workshop on e-learning and Virtual and Remote Laboratories, at Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Setúbal, Portugal. The Workshop is organised as a pre-event to ICINCO’2004 – 1st International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics. The aim of this Workshop is to present and discuss the usage of virtual & remote laboratories aids to support e-learning environments. Applications to education and training emphasizing electrical and computer engineering domain were foreseen from the very beginning, when VIRTUALLAB’ 2004 was structured within the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci pilot project named VIRTUAL-ELECTRO-LAB reference RO/01/B/F/PP141024. These proceedings include 19 papers, selected out of 29 submissions we received and refereed with the Program Committee members’ cooperation. As a result we are proud to present a collection of papers covering challenging topics, ranging from “new curricula elaboration supported by remote & virtual
laboratories” to “comparison between simulation, emulation and real workbenches through local and remote usage”, including “technologies used to create new e-learning virtual & remote laboratories integrated in the e-learning environment”, among others. The VIRTUAL-LAB’2004 Program also includes an invited presentation from industry, delivered by Carlos Gomes, from National Instruments Portugal, and a Panel on “e-learning and European iniciatives”, where we are fortunate to have as panelists two representatives of Romanian and Portuguese Leonardo da Vinci Program Agencies: Mihai Caramihai, Romania, and Bruno Vieira de Castro, Portugal. To complete the Workshop Program, we have a demonstration session, based on several systems presented as regular papers. We trust this arrangement will provide an opportunity for more fruitful interaction between participants. We would like to thank all authors of submitted papers and to the Program Committee members for their efforts in properly reviewing the submissions. We also address our special thanks to ICINCO’2004 Organizing Committee, that fortunately decided to support the realization of this workshop; our gratitude also to Bruno Encarnação, Marina Carvalho, and colleagues, for their support in the whole process of workshop preparation. The success of any workshop depends, mainly, on the quality of the program and participation of people. We thank you all for being here. We wish that your stay in Setúbal is really enjoyable.
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