Research group focused on Social Haptics, Assistive Robotics, and Embodiment

About Us

As part of the Oregon State University Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute, we study human-robot touch, socially assistive robotics, and robot embodiment in everyday settings.

Get Involved

We are looking for inquisitive and diligent graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in studying human-robot interaction. See the “Contact” page for information about how to get in touch.


Our National Science Foundation NRI proposal “Assistive Child-Robot Interventions for Infants with Motor Disabilities” (a collaboration with OSU’s Dr. Geoff Hollinger of robotics and Dr. Sam Logan of kinesiology) was awarded funding.

Our HRI 2020 paper about robot comedy received a best paper award. This conference is very competitive (less than 25% acceptance rate), and only 5 of the 66 accepted papers were selected as best papers. Check out our paper to learn how we’re making robots funnier!

Our research group runs a robot comedy variety show called Singu-hilarity at The Majestic, a long-standing theater in downtown Corvallis. The next show will take place 30 October 2020. Get your tickets at majestic.org!

As robots become part of our daily lives, many people will expect them to participate in a variety of social touch interactions, including clapping games and, of course, high fives! Check out our IEEE Spectrum article to learn more.