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 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...
September 24, 2020
Below, watch Professor Scassellati give a talk on the use of robots as therputic parterns for individuals with ASD at the Autism Science Foundation (ASF)’s annual Day of...
September 11, 2020
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a highly competitive $5 million grant for a project designed to build job skills for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (...