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[Press Release] New video “Why Don’t You Have Any Robot Friends?” is released at “Incredible Senseis at Meiji University,” a video series showcasing Meiji’s world-class research

Nov. 22, 2022

Meiji University creates a series of promotional videos, “Incredible Senseis at Meiji University,” and a landing page to tell the world about its research, which leads the field not only at home in Japan but also abroad. Using English-language narration and subtitles in English and Japanese, the new video introduces the work of Takanori Komatsu, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences.

The video makes the result of our university’s cutting-edge research, which aims to contribute to society, easily accessible to and engaging for a broad general audience, rather than simply to other researchers. They combine animation and explanations by the researchers themselves, paired with catchy music and narration to create highly ingenious and attractive movies.

As a driving force behind the globalization of Japanese society, we intend to proactively disseminate our world-leading research to the international community, aiming to raise the university’s profile overseas.
   “Incredible Senseis at Meiji University”

Why Don’t You Have Any Robot Friends?
The more robots look like humans, the creepier they seem. You may know this feeling, but what kind of robots could we accept? Professor Takanori Komatsu of Meiji University is exploring this question from a human psychology perspective. Deep down, maybe we just don’t want to get along with robots. What do you think? 

KOMATSU Takanori, Ph.D
Specializes in cognitive science and human-computer interaction. He conducts research to observe and analyze the relationship between people and artifacts, considering human cognitive attributes. Lately he has taken particular interest in examining why robots haven’t become part of our daily lives and reducing subjective lag times between users and IT devices.