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.


February 11, 2019
If you are interested in getting hands-on research experience this summer and are currently a high school or non-Yale undergraduate student, you may apply here for our 2019...
December 21, 2018
Professor Scassellati and other leading scientists attempt to answer the question “Can Using Alexa Have Negative Consequences on Children’s Development?” at thriveglobal.com...
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...