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EMVA's 6th European Machine Vision Business Conference

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The EMVA will hold its 6th European Machine Vision Business Conference in Berlin, Germany this year. Taking place on 11-12 April 2008, the conference will bring together business leaders and technical experts within the machine vision industry from around the world.

Gabriele Jansen, EMVA President and Patrick Schwarzkopf, EMVA General Secretary will open the event held at the SAS Radisson Hotel in central Berlin.

The European Machine Vision Association, founded in May 2003 in Barcelona, is an industry-driven networking framework composed of 95 companies, 6 national machine vision associations and 3 scientific organisations representing 18 countries. The association aims to increase the development of the machine vision industry through trade fairs, international marketing, and networking events.

Proceedings for this year's event will be split over four themed sessions: Machine Vision in Germany; Technology Trends; Business Trends; and Machine Vision Markets.

Friday's schedule includes talks in the Machine Vision in Germany section from Professor Dr Robert Massen, Baumer Inspection; Gudrun Litzenberger, VDMA Robotics and Automation; and Professor Dr Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Center for Automotive Research. Dr Rob Giesen, National Instruments, USA and Professor Dr Robert Forchheimer, University of Linköping, Sweden will present in the Technology Trends section. Frank Hauser, Great Place to Work Institute, Germany, will conclude the days' talks in the Business Trends section.

Guests can look forward to a boat cruise on the river Spree followed by dinner in the 'light atrium' at the Communication Museum on Friday evening. The dinner event will feature a viewing of a 'Blue Mauritius', one of the world's rarest stamps.

A general assembly of EMVA begins Saturday's proceedings, while the presentations concentrate on machine vision markets. Dr Hervé Borrion, UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science, UK; Dr Jens Schick, Robert Bosch, Germany; Ignazio Piacentini, Italian Machine Vision Group, Italy; and Reuven Weintraub, Gidel, Israel will speak.

A guided walking tour of Berlin's city centre will round off Saturday's session, taking in the regeneration of former East Berlin as well as the reunification of the city after the fall of the Wall.

Delegates will be treated to various social and networking opportunities throughout the two days. Those who arrive on the Thursday evening are invited to gather at the SAS Radisson Hotel for pre-registration drinks. The hotel features the world's largest cylindrical aquarium, know as the 'Aqua Dom', which stands 25 metres high and holds 2,500 tropical fish.