Relationship in Human-Machine Interaction

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When humans and machines interact, do they form (real) relationships?
In this event distinguished keynote speakers will share insights on the relationship-building aspects of humans and robots, avatars, or devices. The talks will cover social psychology, media studies, computer science, and engineering viewpoints. The discussions will address the role of attachment and trust in interactions and relationships between humans and technology.
An interactive workshop offers expertise on the design of robots and virtual agents from the perspective of brand building and brand relationship.
The event highlights the potential of technology to support communication, ease loneliness and decrease isolation, and enable new ways to organize work and life.

If you want to learn, interact, and network with experts in the field, this event is a must-attend.
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain unique insights into the differences between the approaches in Germany and Japan concerning relationships of humans and machines!

All participants are invited to join the discussions and share their perspectives.

Informationen zur Veranstaltung

14. März 2024, 13:00 bis 20:00 Uhr

Kyobashi Edo Grand
Veranstalter: German Research Foundation (DFG), German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) / Support: German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan), Beyond Next Ventures, artience

Date: March 14, 2024 (Thu)
Time: 13:00 – 20:00 (Doors open 12:30)
Place: Kyobashi Edo Grand
Language: English
Program: Download

This is a public event open to everyone interested. Participation is free of charge, but registration required (for the whole event or parts of the event)


Dr. Friederike Eyssel, Professor and Head of Lab, CITEC Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology, Bielefeld University

Title Keynote: “A psychological perspective on social human-robot relationships” (Abstract)



Dr. Jiré Emine Gözen, Vice-President International Affairs and University Development and Professor for Media and Cultural Theory, Campus Berlin, University of Europe for Applied Sciences

Title Keynote: “Caring companions, uncontrollable minds and racialized machines: conceptualizations of the relationship between humans, machines and AI” (Abstract)


Dr. Mayu Koike, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics Major in Industrial Engineering and Economics, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Title Keynote: “Virtually in Love: Romantic Anthropomorphism and Virtual relationships” (Abstract)



Dr. Celia Spoden, Senior Research Fellow German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo

Title Keynote: “Preventing social isolation: Avatar robots as alter ego for hospitalized students” (Abstract)




Dr. Andreas Stiegler, Lecturer, Computer Science and Media Institute for Applied AI, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart and Strichpunkt

Title Keynote: “Challenges and best practices of building consistent autonomous characters” (Abstract)

Title interactive Workshop: “Detour: Brand characters, tonalities, and emotions” (Abstract)


Dr. Gentiane Venture, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Title Keynote: “Beyond Human: Expressive Movement in Robotics” (Abstract)


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