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.


Dr. Fitter was named as the new Kearney Faculty Scholar for the Oregon State College of Engineering. This named position acknowledges excellence in research and teaching and is intended to retain faculty who are the foremost experts in their field.

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Aging (NIA) award entitled “NRI: Robot-Assisted Longitudinal Physical and Cognitive Exercise Interventions for Older Veterans” was awarded funding. Co-PI Bill Smart and Senior Personnel Carolyn Aldwin will contribute to this project.

The robot comedy related to part of our lab’s work was featured in a nice AI and robotics in comedy write-up by TIME Magazine. Follow the link in this blurb’s title to learn more and see an impressive number of quotes by Dr. Fitter’s robotic comedian, Jon the Robot.

A National Science Foundation AI Institute including our lab entitled “AI Institute for Collaborative Assistance and Responsive Interaction for Networked Groups (AI-CARING)” (a collaboration with OSU’s Dr. Kagan Tumer of robotics and several other insitutions) was awarded funding.