19 December 2016, Monday

Time Session
09:00 - 9:30 Registration
09:30 - 11:00 Paper Session 1
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15 Keynote Speech 1 - Dr Kate Devlin
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Keynote Speech 2 - Dr Genevieve Liveley
14:15 - 15:45 Paper Session 2
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 17:30 Panel Session: What is the Future of Robotic Sex?
Panelists: Adrian David Cheok, Kate Devlin, David Levy, Genevieve Liveley, Eleanor Hancock.
Panel Talk - Eleanor Hancock
Screening of short film - Gadget

20 December 2016, Tuesday

Time Session
10:00 - 11:30 Paper Session 3
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 - 13:30 Paper Session 4
13:30 - 14:45 Lunch
14:45 - 15:30 Keynote Speech 3 - Dr David Levy
15:30 - 16:00 Closing

Paper Sessions

Session 1
  1. Sex Robots from the Perspective of Machine Ethics. Oliver Bendel.
  2. ROMOT: a Robotic 3D-Movie Theater Allowing Interaction and Multimodal Experience. Sergio Casas, Cristina Portalés, María Vidal-González, Inma García-Pereira, Marcos Fernández.
  3. For the Love of Artifice 2: Attachment. Trudy Barber
Session 2
  1. "A New Breed of Sex Robots in THE GOOD GIRL and Films." Dr. Julie Wosk
  2. Influences on the Intention to buy a Sex Robot: An empirical study on influences of personality traits and personal characteristics on the intention to buy a sex robot. Jessica Szczuka, Nicole C. Krämer.
  3. Kissenger –Development of a Real-time Internet Kiss Communication Interface for Mobile Phones. Emma Yann Zhang, Shogo Nishiguchi, Adrian David Cheok, Yukihiro Morisawa.
Session 3
  1. Exploration of Relational Factors and the Likelihood of a Sexual Robotic Experience. Riley Richards, Chelsea Coss, Jace Quinn.
  2. The impact of a humanlike communication medium on the development of intimate human relationship. Hidenobu Sumioka, Nobuhiro Jinnai, Takashi Minato, Hiroshi Ishiguro.
  3. Sex with Robots for Love Free Encounters. Lynne Hall
  4. The Cyborg Mermaid. Martine Mussies, Emiel Maliepaard.
Session 4
  1. Affective Labor and Technologies of Gender in Wei Yahua’s “Conjugal Happiness in the Arms of Morpheus”. Virginia Conn.
  2. Teletongue: A Lollipop Device For Remote Oral Interaction. Daisuke Yukita.
  3. Robots, and Intimacies; A Preliminary Study of Perceptions of Robots and Intimacies with Robots. Chamari Edirisinghe, Adrian David Cheok.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Levy

Talk title: Why not marry a robot?

Bio: David Levy graduated from St. Andrews University, Scotland, in 1967. His first passion was chess - he twice won the Scottish Chess Championship and was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. In 1977 he started working in applied Artificial Intelligence. In 1997 and 2009 he led the winning teams in the Loebner Prize competition for human-computer conversation. His fiftieth book, Love and Sex with Robots, was published in November 2007, shortly after he was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners. David is President of the International Computer Games Association. He is also CEO of the London based company Intelligent Toys Ltd and Chairman of Retro Computers Ltd. His hobbies include classical music and playing poker.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Devlin

Talk title: In defence of the sex robot

Dr Kate Devlin is Senior Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. With a background in archaeology, and a subsequent PhD in computer science, Kate is interested in human responses to technological change. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality, and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems. Kate is a campaigner for gender equality and is involved in national initiatives to improve opportunities for women in tech.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Genevieve Liveley

Dr Genevieve Liveley is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Bristol. Her particular research interests focus around antiquity's ongoing influence upon post-modernity, especially in the ways that ancient myths and narratives shape our attitudes to gender and sexuality. Her publications include books and articles on sex robots in the ancient world, chaos theory in classics, and cyborgs both ancient and modern.

Panelist Speaker: Eleanor Hancock

Eleanor Hancock is a Masters student at the University of Liverpool, currently researching the effects of technology on the sex industry and how this may translate robot ethics. She has also spent the last two years researching the lives of women working in the North-West sex industry and is currently writing a book documenting the lives of women working at a Liverpool-based escort agency.

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