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Monday, April 04, 2011

First Geminoid Summit 2011

Credit: Geminoid DK
In March 2011 the first ever summit of three Geminoids was organized at the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories in Osaka, Japan. 

It was part of a joint-venture between ATR and
Geminoid Lab Denmark, the first Geminoid Lab outside Japan, located at Aalborg University. The lab will be the home of a gemonoid, a human-like robot, modeled over the director of AAU's Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology, Associate Professor, Henrik Scharfe.The purpose of the lab is to systematically investigate certain aspects of Human Robot Interaction. Geminoid|DK is intended to advance android science and philosophy, in seeking answers to fundamental questions, many of which that have also occupied the Japanese researchers. The most important questions are: What is a human? What is presence? What is a relation? What is identity? The researchers intend to pursue these questions while looking at areas such as emotional affordances in HRI, the novel concept of Blended Presence, and by studying cultural differences in the perception of robots.

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