Research

Elin Björling

Autumn 2018

Human-Robotic Interaction DRG Team

Note: Enrollment in this research group is at capacity for Autumn 2018

Adolescents are subject to high levels of stress in their lives, resulting from school, relationships, and family life. Not surprisingly, school stress is most commonly reported as the biggest source of stress for teens. Therefore, accurately measuring and intervening to reduce teen stress is imperative to support this vulnerable population.

Social robots are being used to help other populations, such as the elderly and young children. However, there is very little research on either the experience of stress in teens, or the interactions between teens and robots. This presents a unique research opportunity in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI).

For more information, see our blog at www.blogs.uw.edu/EMAR.

The team is led by Elin Björling (Human-Centered Design and Engineering), and Wendy Xu (Computer Science and Engineering).

During Fall quarter, we are offering an interdisciplinary DRG to further develop two aspects of EMAR (1) determine the effectiveness of a variety of robotic resting states 2) conduct design sprints with local high schools related to specific aspects of social robots (e.g. data input, greetings, and various interactions)

Interested students:

We currently have a limited number of openings for Fall, 2018. Please be sure to review our blog as an overview of our project. Eligible participants will have experience in either co-design or designing with children or adolescents. Please submit your CV and a statement regarding why you are interested in our project to Elin Björling.


Autumn 2018

Robot Designer (Virtual Reality Game) DRG Team

Note: Enrollment in this research group is at capacity for Autumn 2018

Adolescents are subject to high levels of stress in their lives, resulting from school, relationships, and family life. Not surprisingly, school stress is most commonly reported as the biggest source of stress for teens. Therefore, accurately measuring and intervening to reduce teen stress is imperative to support this vulnerable population.

Social robots are being used to help other populations, such as the elderly and young children. However, there is very little research on either the experience of stress in teens, or the interactions between teens and robots. This presents a unique research opportunity in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI).

The team is led by Elin Björling (Human-Centered Design and Engineering) and Graduate Research Assistant, Ada Kim (iSchool).

During fall quarter, we will be collaborating with MXT Reality to finalize the virtual reality game, “Robot Designer” and the associated website. We will also begin conducting gameplay testing in local high schools.

Interested students:

We’re looking for students who have experience with design in virtual reality. If this is you, please contact us! The DRG participants will meet weekly, on Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm. In addition, UW students will be expected to be available to conduct field work at local high schools on occasion, which typically occurs after school at 3:30-5pm. Days vary depending upon the school.


Autumn 2018

Virtual Relaxation Environment for Teens

Note: Enrollment in this research group is at capacity for Autumn 2018

Adolescents are subject to high levels of stress in their lives, resulting from school, relationships, and family life. Not surprisingly, school stress is most commonly reported as the biggest source of stress for teens. Therefore, accurately measuring and intervening to reduce teen stress is imperative to support this vulnerable population.

Social robots are being used to help other populations, such as the elderly and young children. However, there is very little research on either the experience of stress in teens, or the interactions between teens and robots. This presents a unique research opportunity in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI).

The team is led by Elin Björling (Human-Centered Design and Engineering) and Jennifer Sonney (Department of Family and Child Nursing).

Fall quarter we will be collaborating with the Seattle Public Libraries teen meet-ups to conduct design sessions and begin playtesting the VR environment. We are looking for students who have experience in VR design and development or working with teens. If this is you, please send an email to Elin Björling.

 


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