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 social dynamics in human-robot interactions, where a robot's social behaviors lead to positive outcomes for people (e.g., improved team dynamics and performance in a human-robot team, educational learning outcomes for children). 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
I presented 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.
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
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.
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
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
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