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 artificial partners. In 2008 Maastricht University organised the 1st International Conference on Human-Robot Relationships. This was inspired by the defence of David Levy’s (2007) thesis, Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners. The thesis attracted wide media publicity as did the 1st conference. Meanwhile, the
Maastricht research group has moved to Tilburg University and therefore this university is organizing and hosting the 2nd International Conference on Human-Robot Personal Relationships, during the period June 11-12, 2009.