Sarah Sebo

I am a fourth year graduate student at Yale University pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science. I work with Brian Scassellati in the Social Robotics Lab. I am interested in socially assistive robotics, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

My research focuses on the development of robot teammates that promote positive team social dynamics in addition to the reliable completion of assigned tasks. My work explores behaviors and cognitive models social robots can use to shape group trust, assist in mental model sharing, and enhance group psychological safety.


2018 HRI acceptance
My paper investigating the ripple effects of a robot's vulnerable behavior in a human-robot team was accepted to the 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction in Chicago, USA.   Download PDF
2016 PC Mag
I acted as one of the General Chairs for the HRI 2017 Pioneers Workshop in Vienna, Austria. We enjoyed a great day of engaging speakers, panelists, and student research presentations.
2016 PC Mag
I attended the Robots in Groups and Teams workshop as a part of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017) and submitted a workshop paper discussing ways in which a social robot could promote psychological safety within a human-robot team.   Download PDF
2016 PC Mag
My research on improving human-human collaboration between children using a social robot was highlighted in an article in PC Mag titled "Taking Robots to the Next Level: Small Talk and Bear Hugs?"