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Cognitive Science Spring 2014 Colloquium:

Socially Assistive Robotics

Dr. Brian Scassellati

Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering

Director, NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics

Yale University

Tuesday, March 11th, 4:00 pm CEER 001



Robots have long been used to provide assistance to individual users through physical interaction, typically by supporting direct physical rehabilitation or by providing a service such as retrieving items or cleaning floors.  Socially assistive robotics (SAR) is a comparatively new subfield of robotics that focuses on developing robots capable of assisting users through social rather than physical interaction. Just as a good coach or teacher can provide motivation, guidance, and support without making physical contact with a student, socially assistive robots attempt to provide the appropriate emotional, cognitive, and social cues to encourage development, learning, or therapy for an individual.  In this talk, I will review some of the reasons why physical robots rather than virtual agents are essential to this effort, highlight some of the major research issues within this area, and describe some of our recent results building supportive robots for teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder and for teaching nutrition to typically developing children.



Recent Speakers:

  • Fall 2013, Dr. Julio Villa-Garcia, Villanova University
  • Spring 2012, Dr. Larry Barsalou, Emory University
  • Fall 2011, Dr. Georg Theiner, Villanova University
  • Spring 2011, Dr. Russell Romeo, Michigan State University
  • Spring 2011 - Dr. Lance Kriegsfeld, University of California – Berkeley
  • Fall 2010 - Dr. Anjan Chatterjee from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Spring 2010 - Dr. Brian J. Scholl from Yale University
  • Fall 2007 - Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow from the University of Chicago
  • Spring 2007 - Professor Paul Thagard from University of Waterloo