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.


December 10, 2018
thenextweb.com has featured an article “Yale teaches robots not to mess with people’s stuff” highlighting recently published work exploring methods for allowing robots to...
October 30, 2018
Host Eliza Bozenski from the Anderson Autism Center interviewed Professor Scassellati on his work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A link to the interview can be...
October 10, 2018
The Journal of the American Medial Associaiton (JAMA)  news article”In-home Robots Improve Social Skills in Children With Autism” highlights the labs recently published work...