The World Robot Conference 2016 kicked off, literally, in Beijing on Friday with football matches between teams of NAO humanoid robots.

Over 200 scientific research institutions and enterprises from all over the world, including Germany, the United States, South Korea, Japan, Canada, France and Israel will be displaying their robotic achievements at the conference site until October 25.’

As well as the football tournament, there will also take part in a self-driving car challenge contest, a world unmanned aerial vehicle challenge and an international water robot contest.

Two of China’s sporting superstars, retired basketball player Yao Ming and former three-time world table tennis champion Wang Liqin are VIP guests at the event.

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