Brian Scassellati spent his undergrad and graduate years at MIT finishing with a PhD in 2001. He came to Yale in 2001 and is a Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering. He is also Director of the NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics. Professor Scassellati was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in 2007, and received an NSF CAREER award in 2003. His research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. Using computational modeling and socially interactive robots, his research evaluates models of how infants acquire social skills and assists in the diagnosis and quantification of disorders of social development (such as autism). Succinctly put, he builds robots that help kids.