About R-House

The R-House Lab was founded in January 2010. It is directed by Prof. Selma Šabanović and hosts researchers, students, and visitors interested in studying Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) through the design and evaluation of robotic technologies for everyday use. Lab members explore the connections between HRI, human social behavior and cognition, and the emerging social meanings and consequences through a variety of methods, including:

  • prototyping and evaluation of interactive robot technologies (e.g. Dewey)
  • field study of robot use in naturalistic contexts (e.g. PARO, Dewey)
  • experimental studies of psychological and cognitive aspects of HRI (e.g. Facebot, Group effects)

The diverse projects in the lab are united by a shared interest in discovering the social mechanisms of HRI that can be implemented in future robot design, as well as in developing a culturally and socially situated understanding of the dynamics of naturalistic HRI and its broader consequences.

More details on specific projects, including publications, software, and design materials, can be found on individual project pages on this site.