A busy start to the year: Robots and Research

This academic year is off to a busy start. So here are some quick updates:

  • I’m happy to announce that Project EMAR was funded by the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative. You can read more about the award on the UW tacoma
  • I’m running a cross-campus Directed Research Group again this year in collaboration with Human Centered Design & Engineering at UW Seattle. We have a great team including 4 students at UWT and 7 at UWS. This quarter we are planning the Social Robot Design Challenge that will happen in Winter Quarter and also creating outreach videos to teach teens about Human-Centered Design. Check back for more preview of our work or stay up to date with the EMAR blog or Twitter account. 

Relatedly, on Monday October 23 I will be giving a talk at UW Tacoma on the research we’ve been doing with EMAR to look at teens and stress.

DESIGNING SOCIAL ROBOTS TO UNDERSTAND AND INTERVENE IN TEEN STRESS 

Come for our first talk in the 2017-2018 Psychology Research Seminar Series
Monday October 23, 2017
12:30 – 1:15 PM
JOY 215

Teenagers are a unique and vulnerable population, experiencing stress more than any other age group, which negatively impacts their mental and physical health. Teens also spend considerable time using technology both at school and home. Dr. Rose is designing a social robot that will help measure teen stress while providing a micro-intervention. The goal of her project, which received funding through the National Science Foundation, is to design, deploy and evaluate a social robot to investigate a variety of research questions about teens and stress. She will also discuss the promise of ecological momentary assessment and a social robot as a compelling way to gather data.