Introducing 'theomorphic robots'

Gabriele Trovato, Francisco Cuellar, Masao Nishimura

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15 Citations (Scopus)


As robots are going to spread in human society, the study of their appearance becomes a critical matter when assessing robots performance and appropriateness for an application and for the employment in different countries, with different background cultures and religions. Robot appearance categories are commonly divided in anthropomorphic, zoomorphic and functional. In this paper, we offer a theoretical contribution by introducing a new category, called 'theomorphic robots', in which robots carry the shape and the identity of a supernatural creature or object within a religion. Discussing the theory of dehumanisation and the different categories of supernatural among different religions, we hypothesise the possible advantages of the theomorphic design for different applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHumanoids 2016 - IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509047185
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 30
Event16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2016 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2016 Nov 152016 Nov 17

Publication series

NameIEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
ISSN (Print)2164-0572
ISSN (Electronic)2164-0580


Other16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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