#ILSR2021

INTRODUCTION

6th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON
LOVE AND SEX WITH ROBOTS

Virtual, August 18-20th, 2021

Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners. This upsurge has not only been apparent amongst the general public, as evidenced by an increase in coverage in the print media, TV documentaries and feature films, but also within the academic community.

This is the sixth edition in our congress series and the second online congress for LSR.

The earliest academic papers on the subject were presented at the 2006 E.C. Euron Roboethics Atelier, organized by the School of Robotics in Genoa, followed a year later by the first book – “Love and Sex with Robots” – published by Harper Collins in New York. Since that initial flurry of academic activity in this field the subject has grown significantly in breadth and worldwide interest. Three conferences on Human-Robot Personal Relationships were held in the Netherlands during the period 2008-2010, in each case the proceedings were published by respected academic publishers, including Springer-Verlag. After a gap until 2014 the conferences were renamed as the “International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots”, which have previously taken place at the University of Madeira in 2014; in London in 2016 and 2017; and in Brussels in 2019. Additionally, the Springer-Verlag “International Journal of Social Robotics”, had, by 2016, published articles mentioning the subject, and an open access journal called “Lovotics” was launched in 2012, devoted entirely to the subject. In 2020, the conference successfully transitioned online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots provides an excellent opportunity for academics and industry professionals to present and discuss their innovative work and ideas in an academic symposium.

In 2021, more than ever, we are committed to continuously improve the quality of the LSR conference and orgranization. 

 

New this year is the possibility of sharing your science and research via asynchronous poster presentations, brief communications, and data blitzes.

Dr. Justin R. Garcia

Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of Gender Studies

IU Bicentennial Professor

Evolutionary Biologist and Sex Researcher

Dr. Garcia's research focuses on the evolutionary foundations of variation in courtship, intimacy, and sexual behavior. He has co-authored dozens of academic articles and book chapters, and is co-author of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press). An award winning researcher and educator, Dr. Garcia has lent his expertise to a variety of industry partners, serving as a scientific consultant to K-Y Brand, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and others, and as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2010, he has been Scientific Advisor to the world’s largest relationship company, Match. His next book is titled The Intimate Animal.