Design Strategies for Representing the Divine in Robots

Gabriele Trovato, Cesar Lucho, Alexander Huerta-Mercado, Francisco Cuellar

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6 Citations (Scopus)


Robot appearance morphology can be divided in anthropomorphic, zoomorphic and functional. In previous recent work, a new catego-ry was introduced, called "theomorphic robots", in which robots carry the shape and the identity of a supernatural creature or object within a religion. This approach can bring some advantages for certain categories of users such as children and elders. This paper is an exploratory discussion over practical design strategies for repre-senting the divine in robots, based on theoretical insights on the historical intertwinements between sacred art and robotics. The illustrated concepts will be followed in the realisation of the proto-types of the first theomorphic robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2018 - Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages7
VolumePart F135192
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356152
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1
Event13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 2018 Mar 52018 Mar 8


Other13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018
CountryUnited States


  • culture
  • human-robot interaction
  • religion
  • robot design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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