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    Press conference

    INVITATION to the
    Opening Press Conference
    - Tour of
    RoboCup 2016, Leipzig, Germany
    30 June to 3 July 2016 Competitions
    4 July Symposium

    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Dear Colleagues,

    The world championships have come to Leipzig. RoboCup, the leading competition for intelligent robots and one of the world's most important technology events for research and education, will take place in Leipzig from 30 June to 4 July. Approximately 3,500 participants from 45 countries are coming to Leipzig, and their robots will compete against each other in 16 leagues. Whether at soccer, at home, at the factory of the future or during rescue missions: This competition demonstrates, in an impressive fashion, just how advanced robotics technologies already are today. Numerous technical events, educational programs, workshops and outdoor activities will be held concurrently with the competitions, making RoboCup a very special event for scientists, students and families alike.

    You are hereby cordially invited to the

    Opening press conference, followed by a press tour
    Wednesday, 29 June 2016
    11 am to 12 am: Press Conference

    in the press conference room, administration building, Leipziger exhibition grounds (Messe-Allee 1)
    approx. 12 am to 1 pm: Press Tour
    in the trade fair halls, starting from the press conference room, administration building (Messe-Alle 1)

    Your contact persons during the press conference are:

    • Prof. Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, Founding President of The RoboCup Federation, President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. Corporate Executive, Sony Corporation Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
    • Prof. Dr. Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar, General Chair RoboCup 2016, Vice-President Europe of RoboCup Federation; Computer Science & Autonomous Systems Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University
    • Dr. Itsuki Noda, President of RoboCup Federation, Leader of Computational Social Intelligence Research Teams (CoSIne), Principal Research Manager, Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AIRC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
    • Markus Geisenberger, Chief Executive Officer Leipzig Trade Fair
    • Dr. Bernd Liepert, CINO (Chief Innovation Officer) der KUKA AG, President euRobotics aisbl
    • Dr. Joachim Wicke, Country Lead Sales Industrial Products and Systems, Siemens Germany
    • Dr. Ulrich Eberl, Technology journalist and author of the book „Smart Machines“

    After the press conference, you are invited to participate in a press tour of the RoboCup 2016 game and exhibition stations. There, you will meet:

    • Martin Bader, Coordinator RoboCup Junior & Team iBot, Lessing-Gymnasium Neu-Ulm
    • Team members from the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig, Soccer, RoboCup Major
    • Dr. Johannes Pellenz, Coordinator RoboCup Rescue

    We look forward to seeing you at this event in Leipzig. Please let us know whether you will be attending, either by e-mail (j.luecke@leipziger-messe.de) or by telephone (0341-6786555). All relevant press dates and information, along with the accreditation form, can be found at http://robocup2016.org/en/press.


    Julia Lücke
    Media Representative for RoboCup 2016

    Leipziger Messe GmbH
    Messe-Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig
    PF 10 07 20, 04007 Leipzig

    Tel: +49 341 678-6555
    Fax: +49 341 678-166555
    e-mail: J.Luecke@leipziger-messe.de

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