Sarah Sebo

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. I received my PhD in Computer Science from Yale University in 2020.

My current research explores how robots and artificial agents can positively shape human-to-human interactions. During my PhD, I focused on developing robots that improve the performance of human-robot teams by shaping team dynamics to promote inclusion, trust, and cohesion.

I am currently looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in human-robot / human-AI interaction. If you are interested in getting involved with my research group, click here.

Featured Work


My work investigating how vulnerablility shapes human-to-human social dynamics in human-robot teams has demonstrated that the vulnerable utterances of a robot increases the likelihood that human team members express trust-related behavior towards one another (HRI 2018) and also positively shapes the conversational dynamics of the human members of the human-robot team (PNAS 2020). This work is among the first to show that in human-robot teams the actions of a robot can influence how humans in the group interact with each other. Check out the following video for more details on this work.

Recent News


CSCW 2020
10/21/20
I'll be presenting my work Robots in Groups and Teams: A Literature Review, which was done in collaboration with Brett Stoll and Malte Jung, at the virtual CSCW conference this Wednesday, Oct 21st at 9:00am - 9:11am CST.
UChicago
9/29/20
The fall quarter has started at UChicago. This quarter I'm teaching CMSC 33281 Topics in Human-Robot Interaction and I'm in the process of setting up my human-robot interaction lab in JCL 379.
PhD defense
5/13/20
I have successfully defended my Ph.D.! The title of my dissertation is Developing Robot Teammates that Enhance Social Dynamics and Performance in Human-Robot Teams.
UChicago
4/28/20
I have accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago starting in the fall of 2020!
2020 HRI acceptance
4/6/20
Although the 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction cancelled its in-person meeting, please check out my 10 minute video presentation where I presented my full paper titled "Strategies for the Inclusion of Human Members within Human-Robot Teams"   Download PDF
PNAS
3/9/20
My paper titled Vulnerable Robots Positively Shape Human Conversational Dynamics in a Human-Robot Team was accepted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and featured on the cover!   YouTube Link