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.


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.

I’m hiring! Undergraduate Research Assistant: Fall 2017

I’m excited to announce that I’m hiring an undergraduate research assistant to work on Project EMAR, starting Fall 2017. See the listing below, or download the job description (PDF)

Some highlights:

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate UWT student
  • Must be able to meet Wed from 12-1:15
  • Must be excited to work on a cutting edge project with an interdisciplinary team

What’s in it for you:

  • A (paid) on-campus job (think of it as an internship, but with a professor instead of a company)
  • Opportunity to develop skills and deliverables that will help in your future job search
  • Having fun, working hard, learning lots.

Questions? Just ask! Email me: ejrose@uw.edu

Research Assistant

Appointment Period: Fall 2017- Winter 2018 and potentially Spring, 2018
Grant name: Project EMAR: Designing a Social Robot for Teens
Principal Investigator/Supervisor: Emma Rose (UWT-SIAS), ejrose@uw.edu
Pay: $15.00, up to 10 hours per week

Position Description

Project EMAR is seeking an Undergraduate Research Assistant (10 hrs per week) to support communication, social media management, and project management to support the team in their effort to design a social robot designed to measure teen stress.

Project EMAR, is an NSF funded, interdisciplinary project, investigating the design and development of a social robot to effectively capture adolescent stress levels. Read more: https://blogs.uw.edu/emar/

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Help develop and facilitate a multi-site participatory design challenge with partner high schools.
  • Cultivate, develop and manage relationships with three partner schools in Tacoma
  • Organize and distribute materials for schools to participate in the design challenge
  • Assist with event planning for the design showcase scheduled for March 2017
  • Manage the EMAR blog (https://blogs.uw.edu/emar/) including brainstorming story ideas, writing content, editing others work
  • Manage the EMAR social media account(s): (@robotEMAR)
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary project team
  • Participate in Directed Research Group meetings (this can also be taken for course credit) during Fall quarter on Wednesdays from 12-1:15 pm and Winter (time TBD)
  • Participate in other individual meetings as needed


The following section describes the qualifications for this position.


Required qualifications

  • Current full-time student enrolled at the University of Washington Tacoma in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences in Writing Studies, Communication, Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology or another related major
  • Demonstrated strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Project management skills including self-motivation, task management, and delegation
  • Experience in writing for digital and online spaces, content strategy, social media management, or other related work
  • A leader able to mentor and guide other students
  • Experience using web publishing platforms (WordPress) or an interest in learning technical tools on one’s own.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Knowledge of the human-centered design process
  • Completed coursework in Technical Communication track in Writing Studies or Professional track in Communication
  • Experience working with teens
  • Knowledge of principles of designing social robots

To apply

  • Send a resume to Dr. Emma Rose (ejrose@uw.edu) by September 20, 2017
  • Send a statement of interest/cover letter, that addresses the following:
    • Why you are interested in the position
    • How you meet the requirements of the position
    • What unique skills you bring to the team
  • A sample of your work that exhibits skills in writing, design, or social media management
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview

Fall quarter: TWRT 291

This fall I will be teaching, TWRT 291: Technical Communication in the Workplace. The class is currently full and has been since early June. If you would like to be notified if a spot becomes available, please do so through registration via Nofify.UW.

From  UW’s Tips for Getting Into Closed or Restricted Courses

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I do not overload courses. You are welcome to come to the first day of class to see if any spots become available, but typically they are not. This course is required for several majors on campus and as a result is often full. TWRT 291 will be offered every quarter during the 2017-18 school year.

Usability in Action at Sesame Street

Join us on February 23 at 5:30pm for Usability in Action at Sesame Street with Kelly Blasko, brought to you by UX Tacoma and the UW Tacoma UX club.

Usability In Action at Sesame Street with Kelly Blasko

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 5:30 PM

UW Tacoma: West Coast Grocery 103
1732 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA

27 Members Went

Since its inception in the 1960’s Sesame Street has used the beloved Muppets to educate young children (and their parents) about topics such as math, reading, healthy habits, autism and HIV/AIDs.  User-centered design and usability testing are integral parts of their product development cycle.  Over the past 5 years, Dr. Blasko has worked with Sesa…

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