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With its Speaker Series, the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence invites experts from all over the world to talk about ethics and governance of AI. These events serve as an important platform for sharing new research and exchanging knowledge.

The 19th session of the TUM IEAI Speaker Series will take place on February 23rd, virtually via Zoom. The topic of the session will be on Perceived Threat Of Robots.

We are pleased to announce that the speaker for this session is Christoph Bartneck & Dwain Allan.

Dr. Bartneck & Mr Allan’s presentation at the IEAI Speaker Series examines the expectation of robots taking over many tasks in our society and the progress in artificial intelligence which also threatens many roles that have previously been reserved for humans. Christoph Bartneck and Dwaine Allan will present two studies which examine how people respond to the perceived threat of the superiority of robots.

Dr. Christoph Bartneck is an associate professor at the University of Canterbury. He has a background in Industrial Design and Human-Computer Interaction, and his projects and studies have been published in leading journals, newspapers, and conferences. His interests lie in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Science and Technology Studies, and Visual Design. More specifically, he focuses on the effect of anthropomorphism on human-robot interaction. As a secondary research interest he works on bibliometric analyses, agent based social simulations, and the critical review on scientific processes and policies. In the field of Design Christoph investigates the history of product design, tessellations and photography.

Dwain Allan is currently a doctoral researcher in the Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury. He has a background in design, marketing, innovation, and venture strategy, with a special interest in technology-based entrepreneurship. His research interests are in the cross-sections of social science, design, technology, and consumer behavior. His present work in the field of social robotics examines the role of implicit self-theories in determining how individuals perceive, evaluate, and respond to, social robots.

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The Zoom link will be sent to you at the day of the event.