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IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
November 3-8, 2013, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan


Special Session

The Uncanny Valley Revisited: A Tribute to Masahiro Mori


IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robots and Intelligent Systems (IROS)
Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Room 703, Nov 6, 1:30-3:00 pm

Nov. 6, 2013 Tokyo International Exhibition Center


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 in organizing.





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