[robotics-worldwide] The Uncanny Valley Revisited: A Tribute to Masahiro Mori @ IROS 2013

Ken Goldberg goldberg at berkeley.edu
Mon Aug 26 19:16:32 PDT 2013

Special Event:

The Uncanny Valley Revisited: A Tribute to Masahiro Mori

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robots and Intelligent Systems (IROS)
Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Nov 6, 1:30-3pm


Masahiro Mori's influential 1970 article, Bukimi no Tani Gensho, describes a phenomenon where the appeal of animated beings undergoes a steep non-linearity as they become increasingly similar to humans. Subsequently labeled the "Uncanny Valley" as a reference to Sigmund Freud's 1916 essay on the Uncanny, the Uncanny Valley continues to have widespread influence in the fields of robotics, design, gaming, computer animation, art, and plastic surgery. For this special event, Emeritus Professor Mori will address an audience of international researchers in Robotics to comment on the thinking behind his article and how it has evolved over the past 40 years, followed by responses from a panel of roboticists and media theorists.

Featured Speaker: Masahiro Mori, Prof. Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of 
Technology (simultaneous translation by Ms. Norri Kageki)

Masaki Fujihata, Tokyo U. of the Arts
Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka U.
David Hanson, Hanson Robotics
Elizabeth Jochum, Aalborg U.
Oussama Khatib, Stanford U.
Peter Lunenfeld, UCLA
Todd Murphey, Northwestern U.
Daniela Rus, MIT

Minoru Asada, Osaka U.
Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley

Special thanks to Hirochika Inoue and Shigeki Sugano and Erico Guizzo
for help organizing.

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