JOHOR BARU - The "Love and Sex with Robots" workshop is not intended to promote any form of sexual relationship between humans and machines.
"It's only an academic discussion among members of the academia," said the co-chair of the event, City University London Prof Adrian David.
In responding to the hype and controversy surrounding the event, Prof David, who teaches computer science, said the workshop was one of four that were scheduled to be held during the Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference (ACE 2015).
The other workshops planned were animal computer interaction, multi-model computer sensing and a children's workshop on how to use computer games to teach.
"This 'Love and Sex with Robots' title is based on a best-selling book written by Dr David Levy, who is also a co-chair of this event.
"This is purely an academic conference, whereby professors from other countries gather and discuss a topic and submit their research papers.
"We are not promoting any sexual act.
"In fact, it could have been quite a boring workshop until all this controversy cropped up," he said.