Research

Elin Björling

Winter 2018

VR Stress Reduction: Co-Designing a Virtual Environment to Reduce Teen Stress

Facilitators

Registration
UW Seattle: HCDE 496/596
Credits
2-3, CR/NC
Meetings
TBD
Locations
TBD

Background

Today’s teens are suffering from increased stress and depression, impacting their mental and physical health. A great deal of stress stems from school and academics, thus we are working to design a self-serve VR station to reduce student stress.

Our Focus

In order to provide an intervention tool that is successful in reducing stress in teens, we first must engage teens in the design of such a tool.  Therefore we will be using the methodology of human-centered design, specifically co-design, working with teens and using evidenced-based data at each state of the design process.

Our team

The team is led by Dr. Elin Björling (HCDE) a stress researcher who studies adolescents and Dr. Jennifer Sonney, (Family and Child Nursing) who studies health promotion interventions for children and teens.

Interested students

We are looking for a small number of dedicated, enthusiastic UW students at any levels (undergrad to doctoral) to join us to work with teens to design this virtual reality tool.

The DRG participants will meet weekly at a time that works for the team. In addition, design sessions with teens maybe be scheduled outside of our weekly meeting time.

You should apply if you are interested in design pedagogy, psychology, UX design, working with teens, and virtual reality.

Specifically, we are looking for students who have a combination of the following skills:

  • Deep understanding of the HCD design process
  • Outreach and/or co-design with teens
  • Educational design
  • Virtual reality experience and/or development

If you are interested in applying, please send an email describing your interest and a copy of your current CV/resume to Elin Bjӧrling - bjorling@uw.edu by December 1, 2017.

 


Winter 2018

Project EMAR: Facilitating a High School Design Challenge

Facilitators

Registration
UW Seattle: HCDE 496/596

UW Tacoma: TIAS 499 (or contact Dr. Rose)

Credits
3, CR/NC
Meetings
Wednesdays, 11–11:50 a.m.
Locations
UW Seattle: Sieg 420

UW Tacoma: TBD

Background

Today’s teens will most likely be the first generation to spend a lifetime living and interacting with robots. Although there is a great deal of research in human-robot interaction, including focusing on specific age groups such as children and seniors, little work directly looks at teen-robot interaction.

Project EMAR is an NSF funded project using a human-centered approach to design and deploy an autonomous social robot to live in a high school. The focus of the robot is to help teens and schools understand and manage teen stress. Learn more about Project EMAR.

Our focus: Facilitating a design challenge

Building on our previous quarter where we designed a series of instructional videos on human-centered design, we are now launching the high school design challenge. This is a participatory design project where teens will prototype a robot to live in their school.

In Winter quarter, the DRG will conduct outreach education and support for 6 local high schools as their teams follow the HCD process in designing a robot prototype. DRG students will provide support to teams as they navigate the HCD process: developing prototypes, evaluating the emerging designs with users, and iterating based on their feedback.

The design challenge culminates in a showcase at UW on March 24, 2018 (2-4pm) where the student teams will present their designs to the public and a team of experts from academia and industry.

Our team

The team is led by Dr. Elin Björling, HCDE a stress researcher who studies adolescents and Dr. Emma Rose, UW Tacoma Assistant Professor in Writing Studies and UX researcher.

Interested students

Although we have students continuing from the Fall quarter DRG, we are looking for a small number of dedicated, enthusiastic UW students at any levels (undergrad to doctoral) to join us to help support the student teams. This project is open to students from both UW Seattle and UW Tacoma campuses.

The DRG participants will meet weekly. Seattle and Tacoma teams will meet on their respective campuses and participate in a weekly teleconference. In addition to the weekly meeting, DRG participants should anticipate going to visit local high schools 2-4 times during the quarter and spend time connecting with schools online (via email) when necessary.

You should apply if you are interested in design pedagogy, psychology, UX design, working with teens, and social robots.

Specifically, we are looking for students who have a combination of the following skills:

  • Deep understanding of the HCD design process
  • Outreach with teens
  • Educational design

If you are interested in applying, please complete this form.

 


Autumn 2017

Project EMAR: Designing a Social Robot Design Challenge

Facilitators

 

Registration
UW Seattle: HCDE 496/596

UW Tacoma: TIAS 499 (or contact Dr. Rose)

Credits
3, CR/NC
Meetings
Wednesdays, 12–1:15 p.m.
Locations
UW Seattle: Sieg 420

UW Tacoma: MDS 312

 

Background

Today’s teens will most likely be the first generation to spend a lifetime living and interacting with robots. Although there is a great deal of research in human-robot interaction, including focusing on specific age groups such as children and seniors, little work directly looks at teen-robot interaction.

Project EMAR is an NSF funded project using a human-centered approach to design and deploy an autonomous social robot to live in a high school. The focus of the robot is to help teens and schools understand and manage teen stress. Learn more about Project EMAR.

Our focus: Designing a design challenge

Building on our previous year's work where we conducted a series of design sessions with teens and created several low fidelity prototypes, we are going deeper to understand how teens might design a robot to live in their school. To do so, we are developing a participatory design project where teens will prototype a robot to live in their school.

In Fall quarter, the DRG will plan a design research competition to engage 6 local high schools. This work will entail designing an experience for the design challenge (which will run in Winter quarter). We will craft an experience for the design challenge that including videos, online content, social media messaging, and educational modules. We will follow the HCD process as we does so: developing prototypes, evaluating the emerging designs with users, and iterating based on their feedback.

We anticipate that this project will yield a set of high quality materials that showcase design and design process that students can use in their professional portfolios.

Our team

The team is led by Dr. Elin Björling, HCDE, a stress researcher who studies adolescents and Dr. Emma Rose, UW Tacoma Assistant Professor in Writing Studies and UX researcher.

Interested students

We are looking for dedicated enthusiastic UW students at all levels (undergrad to doctoral) to help with this project. We will be limiting this DRG to a small number of participants. Students will be expected to register for at least 3 credit hours. We are interested in students who want to enroll in this DRG in Fall 17 and would like to continue in Winter 18. This project is open to students from both UW Seattle and UW Tacoma campuses.

The DRG participants will meet weekly. Seattle and Tacoma teams will meet on their respective campuses and participate in a teleconference.

You should apply if you are interested in design pedagogy, psychology, UX design, working with teens, and social robots.

Specifically, we are looking for students who have a combination of the following skills:

  • Deep understanding of the HCD design process
  • UX research
  • Visual design
  • Social media and content strategy
  • Video editing
  • Educational design

If you are interested in applying, please complete this form