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 10, 2019
Professor Scassellati and a team of interdiscplinary researchers have received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator award for their proposal to...
August 12, 2019
Professor Scassellati and a multidisciplinary team of researchers have recieved more than $2.5 million in grants from the NSF’s “Future of Work at the Human-technology...
March 8, 2019
Professor Scassellati is the 73rd recipiant of the award, which is anually conffered upon a “distinguished scientist or engineer who has given outstanding service to Yale...