Our Research

Robots that Enhance Human-to-Human Interactions

We explore how robots can enhance human-to-human interactions to improve collaborative team outcomes by promoting inclusion, trust, and cohesion.

Understanding Group Dynamics in the Context of HRI

We seek to build computational models that can detect important group dynamics to inform decision-making policies for robot actions.

Robots for Education


We are committed to making real world impact. We develop robots that provide personalized one-on-one tutoring help to students.

Recent News

Jan 8, 2023

University of Chicago Prof. Sarah Sebo presents robot-human interaction research

Imagine a world where humans empathize with robots. Well, according to recent research at the University of Chicago, they already do. About 40 students gathered in classroom B211 in the Technological Institute Friday afternoon to hear about University of Chicago computer science Prof. Sarah Sebo’s research as director of the Human-Robot Interaction Lab. Sebo presented

Jan 04, 2023

Lab Meetings for Winter 2023

HRI lab meetings will be held during the 2023 Winter quarter on Wednesdays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in JCL 346 starting Wednesday, January 11. If you’re a current UChicago student and interested in learning more about our research and/or how to get involved with our research, please feel free to join our weekly lab meetings. Feel free to email sarahsebo@uchicago.edu if you have any questions.

Sep 28, 2022

Lab Meetings for Fall 2022

HRI lab meetings will be held during the 2022 Fall quarter on Wednesdays from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in JCL 354 starting Wednesday, September 28. If you’re a current UChicago student and interested in learning more about our research and/or how to get involved with our research, please feel free to join our weekly lab meetings. Feel free to email sarahsebo@uchicago.edu if you have any questions.

Sep 27, 2022

Welcoming New PhD Students

This fall, we are welcoming two new PhD students to the lab: Lauren Wright and Tewodros Ayalew. Welcome Lauren and Tewodros!

Aug 30, 2022

RO-MAN 2022 Paper Presentations

Our group is presenting 3 papers at the IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2022):

Aug 29, 2022

HRI Lab at 2022 RO-MAN

Lauren, Spencer, and Timmy are attending RO-MAN in Naples, Italy this week to present their work!

lab demos

Apr 9, 2022