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.


Robotic hand guiding human hand
January 31, 2018
Professor Brian Scassellati and several authors address the current state of robotics, examining 10 challenges of the field in the article “The grand challenges of Science...
December 7, 2017
Wired.com features an article and video “The Wide-Eyed Robot Teaching Deaf Children to Communicate” highlighting the groundbreaking work on infant language acquisition lead...
November 30, 2017
On November 29th, Professor Brian Scassellati presented a live webinar on Spectrum News, a leading online media source of comprehensive news and analysis of advances in...