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.


September 1, 2022
Third year PhD student Kayla Matheus received a best student paper nomination at the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN...
August 18, 2022
Lab member Meiying Qin defended her dissertation “Robot Tool Use: Learning, Transferring, Reasoning, and Applying Knowledge about Robots Using Human Tools“ today. Abstract:...
July 7, 2022
Lab member Nicole Salomons defended her dissertation “Robots that Tutor in Complex and Dynamic Environments“ today. Nicole is joining Imperial College London as a Lecturer (...