BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese basketball star Yao Ming will lend a hand at the 2016 World Robot Conference, which kicks off in Beijing on Friday.
Yao will demonstrate how to control robots through brain waves during a competition at the conference, according to the organizer.
Six robot-related competitions will be held during the event, featuring more than 2,000 participants from over 10 countries and regions.
"The conference is like the Olympics of the robotics field," said Xu Xiaolan, secretary-general of the conference.
The five-day event, organized by the Beijing municipal government, the China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, will draw more than 300 top experts from 11 countries to discuss robotics education, driverless cars, artificial intelligence, drones, and other topics during 22 forums.
Last year, the conference drew more than 100 experts, 12 international robotics organizations and over 120 robotics companies.