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Brian Scassellati, PhD

Faculty Member

Center for Neurocomputation and Machine Intelligence

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Computational models of human social behavior

My research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. Using computational modeling and socially interactive robots, we evaluate models of how infants acquire social skills and assist in the diagnosis and quantification of disorders of social development (such as autism). My other interests include humanoid robots, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, machine perception, and social learning.




Brian Scassellati came to Yale in 2001 after completing bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Brain and Cognitive Science, a Master's of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (all from MIT). He is currently the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering and has strong ties to the Cognitive Science program and the Education Studies program.