It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 11th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, which will be held in at Prague, Czech Republic on September 20-22, 2006.

The ETFA conference series is the prime, and largest, IEEE event dedicated to factory automation and emerging technologies in industrial automation.

Since 1992, the ETFA conference have been hosted by some of the leading academic and research establishments including University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), INRIA (Paris, France), University of Hawaii (Hawaii), University of California at Los Angeles, Polytechnic University of Catalunia (Barcelona, Spain), Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (Nice, France), Universidade Nova de Lisboa-FCT-DEE (Lisbon, Portugal) and University of Catania. This time, the ETFA conference is hosted by Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU).

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the industry and academia and provide them with a platform to report on recent advances and developments in the newly emerging areas of technology, as well as actual and potential applications to industrial and factory automation.