Welcome to Social Robotics at Yale!

Human behavior has been studied from many perspectives and at many scales. Psychology, sociology, anthropology, and neuroscience each use different methodologies, scope, and evaluation criteria to understand aspects of human behavior. Computer science, and in particular robotics, offers a complementary perspective on the study of human behavior.

Our research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. Our work uses computational modeling and socially interactive robots in different methodological roles to explore questions about social development that are difficult or impossible to assail using methods of other disciplines.


May 27, 2020
On Thursday May 28th at 2pm EDT watch this live discussion hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Science Robotics with Pofessor...
May 15, 2020
Lab member Sarah Sebo successfully defended her dissertation “Developing Robot Teamates that Enhance Social Dynamics and Performance in Human-Robot Teams.” Sarah will start...
May 14, 2020
Lab research investigating whether dogs ascribe agency to social robots was featured in the magaizine IEEE Spectrum. The project, headed by Ph.D. candidate Meiying Qin and...