2024

Feb 10

New THRI Publication: RoSI A Model for Predicting Robot Social Influence

PI Sarah Sebo is a joint author of the paper RoSI A Model for Predicting Robot Social Influence that was just accepted for publication at THRI. This paper proposes a new conceptual model that predicts the level of social influence a robot has in a human-robot interaction based on two factors: violation of expectation and a person's social belonging with the robot. To learn more, please read the paper:

Feb 6

Interaction-Shaping Robotics Paper Published in THRI

PI Sarah Sebo is a member of a collaborative team that has just published a paper in the THRI journal defining the sub-field of HRI called Interaction-Shaping Robotics (ISR). ISR investigates robots that influence the behaviors and attitudes exchanged between two (or more) other agents. To learn more, please read the paper:

Jan 5

Lab Meetings for Winter 2024

HRI lab meetings will be held during the 2024 Winter quarter on Mondays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in JCL 346 starting Monday, January 8. 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.

2023

Nov 22

Two Papers Accepted to HRI 2024

Our group has two papers accepted to the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2024):

  • A Taxonomy of Robot Autonomy for Human-Robot Interaction by Stephanie Kim, Jacy Reese Anthis, and Sarah Sebo
  • Role-Playing with Robot Characters: Increasing User Engagement through Narrative and Gameplay Agency by Spencer Ng, Ting-Han Lin, You Li, and Sarah Sebo
We look forward to presenting these papers at the HRI conference in Boulder, Colorado in March of 2024!

Nov 8

Oct 20

Midwest HRI Meetup 2023

The Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) labs at the University of Chicago (UChicago), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW Madison), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) gathered to discuss future collaborations.

msi_demo

April 24

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Mar 20

Lab Meetings for Spring 2023

HRI lab meetings will be held during the 2023 Spring quarter on Mondays from 11:30am - 12:30pm in JCL 346 starting Monday, March 27. 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.

Jan 8

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

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, Jan 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.

2022

Sep 28

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

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

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

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

May 30

RO-MAN 2022 Paper Acceptances

Our group had 3 papers accepted to the IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2022):

  • Physical Touch from a Robot Caregiver: Examining Factors that Shape Patient Experience by Alex Mazursky, Madeleine DeVoe, and Sarah Sebo
  • Benefits of an Interactive Robot Character in Immersive Puzzle Games by Ting-Han Lin*, Spencer Ng*, and Sarah Sebo (*equal contribution)
  • Parental Responses to Aggressive Child Behavior towards Robots, Smart Speakers, and Tablets by Keziah Naggita, Elsa Athiley, Beza Desta, and Sarah Sebo
PDFs of these papers will be made available soon!

Apr 9

Apr 4

Lab Meetings for Spring 2022

HRI lab meetings will be held during the 2022 Spring quarter on Mondays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST in JCL 354 starting Monday, April 4. 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.

Mar 15

HRI Lab at Chicago's Green River

Some of the HRI Lab members visited Chicago's Green River while in downtown Chicago. The city dyes the Chicago river green each year for St. Patrick's day.

green river

Mar 4

Robot Demos for CS PhD Visit Day

We had our first in-person lab demo session for the admitted CS PhD students visit day!

lab demos

Jan

Sarah on Parental Leave

Sarah delivered her baby in December of 2021 and is on parental leave during the Winter quarter of 2022.

2021

Nov 1

Brainstorming at our HRI Lab Meeting

We brainstormed activities that might increase an interpersonal bond between a human and a robot during our weekly lab meeting.

brainstorming

Oct 4

Lab Meetings for Fall 2021

HRI lab meetings will be held during the 2021 Fall quarter on Mondays from 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST in JCL 354 starting Monday, October 4. 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.

Sept 27

Topics in Human-Robot Interaction Class

For UChicago students interested in learning more about human-robot interaction research, in the fall quarter of 2021 PI Sarah Sebo is teaching CMSC 33281 Topics in Human-Robot Interaction. This course gives students a broad overview of current cutting-edge research in HRI and also provides students with the opportunity of conducting their very own HRI research project.

Aug 20

HRI Lab - Summer Research Team

This summer, 4 undergraduate UChiacgo students conducted summer internships in the HRI lab working on a variety of interesting projects - we had a great time!

summer 2021 HRI lab

Mar 29

Introduction to Robotics Class (Spring 2021)

For UChicago students interested in learning more about robotics, in the spring quarter of 2021 PI Sarah Sebo is teaching CMSC 20600 Introduction to Robotics . This course is a hands-on and project based course designed to give students familiarity programming physical robots and real-world environments. Check out the course website for more details.

Jan 21

HRI Lab First Meeting

We, the HRI lab at UChicago, had our first lab meeting! Lab meetings will occur every week from 3:00pm - 4:00pm on Thursdays. 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 (email sarahsebo@uchicago.edu for the Zoom link).

Jan 11

Introduction to Robotics Class (Winter 2021)

For UChicago students interested in learning more about robotics, in the winter quarter of 2021 PI Sarah Sebo is teaching CMSC 20600 Introduction to Robotics . This course is a hands-on and project based course designed to give students familiarity programming physical robots and real-world environments. Check out the course website for more details.

2020

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