Marie Roesgaard, Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen and Head of
Asian Dynamics Initiative: Welcome and introduction
Jennifer Robertson, Professor in Anthropology at University of Michigan: “Robot Genders”
This presentation explores and interrogates the gendering of humanoid robots manufactured today in Japan for employment in the home, hospital, theatre, and workplace.
Elizabeth Jochum, Post.Doc at Aalborg University: “Where were the bots? Mobile Robotics in Japan Post-Fukushima”
This lecture explores the response and aftermath of Fukushima and the influence of extreme scenarios on innovative robot technologies, highlighting cutting-edge research into mobile robotics at TEPCO and other research centers worldwide.
Marco Nørskov, Assistant Professor at PENSOR, Aarhus University: “Exploring the Uncanny Valley”
10:45-11:15: Coffee break
Cathrine Hasse, Professor in Anthropology at Aarhus University: “Artefacts that talk: culture and mediating technology”
The talk takes up the notion of artefacts as cultural tools and signs and discusses how socially assistive robots impact professional work life and professional identities as multistable, active change agents.
Gunhild Borggreen, Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen: “The Astro Boy effect”
The presentation investigates the visuality of Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) by Tezuka Osamu and discusses what discursive influences this fictional robot figure has on robotics in Japan.
Discussion: Is there anything “Japanese” about robots from Japan? Can robots become aware of and respond to different cultural backgrounds when they interact with humans? And if so, how will this affect human-robot interaction in future societies?
Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes, allowing for 10 minutes questions after each.