Adrian David Cheok AM is an Australian electrical engineer and a professor at iUniversity, Tokyo, Japan.
He is among the faculty of Ducere Business School in Prahran, Victoria and is a visiting professor at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. He is also the director of the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia, the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore and the CEO of Nikola Tesla Technologies Corporation in Malaysia. Until 2020 Cheok was on the organising committee of the Love and Sex with Robots sex robot conference.
Cheok was a General Co-Chair of David Levy’s Love and Sex with Robots conference. The conference presented papers which explored the ethics and practical considerations surrounding sexuality and the field of robotics, specifically sex robots. Its 2015 conference in Malaysia was cancelled by police who declared it illegal and inappropriate for the country’s culture, and in 2016 the conference was hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2020 Cheok and most of the Committee resigned on mass.
In 2017 Cheok provided a keynote speech for the Foundation of Digital Games conference. After the conference the organisers issued a formal statement censuring Cheok for his behaviour after he personally attacked an academic on Twitter when she criticised aspects of his presentation.
Cheok served as chairman of the academic conference Advances in Computer Entertainment, and contributed to its demise in 2018 when members of the conferences’s committee objected to Cheok appointing David Levy, who has been criticised for his views on the use of child sex robots, to the conference’s steering committee without consultation, and adding a “Love and Sex with Robots” strand to the conference. Cheok responded by inviting Steve Bannon to give that year’s keynote speech, prompting widespread international criticism from universities. Springer cancelled their involvement due to a low number of papers and concerns over irregularities in the paper submission and reviewing process. When many delegates declined to attend, Cheok cancelled the conference, criticising academia as “a bunch of weak willies”.