Humanoid Robots & the Uncanny Valley

Date: Time: 16:45 Location: Blackbox, Esplanade building

Have you ever felt an eerie sensation when looking at a humanoid object, such as a robot, that appeared almost, but not quite, human? Join us for this lecture to explore ‘All you need to know about…’ this psychological phenomenon, known as The Uncanny Valley. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 16:45 - 17:45 hrs. Doors open: 16:30
Admission free, no registration required.

Why human-like robots seem so scary to us

The Uncanny Valley is a fascinating concept that blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the eerie. During this lecture, you come to understand why discussing the Uncanny Valley is crucial in an era where technology increasingly mimics human traits. We will provide you with insights into the cognitive dissonance that arises when encountering lifelike robots or computer-generated characters. We will also discuss the implications for various fields ranging from artificial intelligence to entertainment. 


Dr. Maryam Alimardani is an Associate Professor of the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University. She specializes in brain-computer interfaces and human-robot interaction, bringing a unique perspective to the evolving landscape of machine-human interaction. With a Ph.D. from the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, her research is at the forefront of merging Brain-Computer Interfaces, robotics, and cognitive science. Presently, she is working on the development of Brain Computer Interface-controlled robots and avatars that monitor users' brain activity in real time and deliver a user-specific learning experience. 

Maryam Alimardani

Picture: Creator & Copyright Martijn van Otterlo 

All You Need to Know About…

This is a lecture in the series ‘All you need to know about…’, introductory lectures on essential topics and inspirational thinkers. After these 60-minute expert presentations, you can confidently engage in a conversation about the topic discussed. Do you have one of your favorite professors in mind to get him/her to talk about one of the essential topics in his/her field of expertise? Please let us know!

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Contact: Hannah van den Bosch (Studium Generale).

* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions. 

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