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) design and evaluation in the lab and field. Lab members explore the connections between HRI, human social behavior and cognition, and the emerging social meanings and consequences of robots through a variety of methods, including:

  • prototyping and in situ evaluation of intelligent interactive technologies
  • field studies of robot use in everyday use contexts
  • experimental studies of psychological and cognitive aspects of HRI
  • interviews, surveys, and mining online data to gauge people’s perceptions and expectations of robots

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 HRI in everyday use 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.

We are always interested in working with creative, hard-working and motivated researchers and students. If you are interested in joining the lab as a student, researcher, or visiting scholar, or have any questions about the lab or our projects, contact Prof. Selma Šabanović at