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.


November 24, 2020
Time Magazine has named the socially-assitive robot tutor ABii one of the 100 best inventions of 2020. Abii is the first product from Van Robotics, a startup founded by...
November 11, 2020
A new study published by Yale’s Social Robotics Lab and interactive Machine group entitiled Prompting Prosocial Human Interventions in Response to Robot Mistreatment...
September 24, 2020
A recent article on Yale Daily News discusses the collaborative effort between researchers from Yale’s own Scazlab, Vanderbilt, Cornell, and the Georgia Institute of...