Project EMAR


July 25, 2019

Project EMAR Hellos and Goodbyes for Summer, 2019


Project EMAR team in Seattle

Project EMAR involves many students throughout the year and the end of spring quarter is always a bittersweet moment when we have to say goodbye. In addition, several new brilliant students will be joining or continuing to work on the project.  Graduates: Four of our core Project EMAR student team graduated from UW this year…

July 8, 2019

Exploring Movement with Amy LaViers


Robot is being controlled by researchers

Blog post written by Christina Nelson and Meredith Fife On May 16, Amy LaViers hosted a workshop on the UW Seattle campus to explore greetings and goodbyes with the Project EMAR team. Amy LaViers is a Certified Movement Analyst and roboticist from the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois at…

June 14, 2019

Presenting at the Psychology Seminar Series at UW Tacoma


Researchers present the research question “How might we design a social robot to measure and reduce stress in teens?”

Blog post written by Christina Nelson and Annamaria Choi Meredith Fife and Annamaria Choi were invited to present at the Psychology Seminar Series at UW Tacoma. The end of year Psychology Seminar Series features research conducted by undergraduate researchers.  This quarter, our team has explored using the methods of user-created personas and  storyboarding with teens…

May 21, 2019

Sharing Robot Activities at the Tacoma-South Sound Mini Maker Faire


Visitors using glue and scissors to create their collage

Blog post written by Christina Nelson and Meredith Fife This quarter, our team was excited to create a series of design activities on Project EMAR to share with members of the public at the first Tacoma-South Sound Mini Maker Faire. The Maker Faire was an interactive workshop held on the UW Tacoma campus where community…

May 14, 2019

EMAR in Virtual Reality vs. EMAR in Physical Reality


EMAR in virtual reality

Blog post written by Wendy Xu and Honson Ling Virtual reality is increasingly accessible, affordable and attractive to teens. Project EMAR has already designed a platform where teens collaborate to design a robot in VR. But what about having a robot interaction in VR? Do teens prefer a stress-related interaction with a virtual social robot…

April 15, 2019

Social Robot Wrangling: Assembling Tacoma’s First Social Robot


Finished prototype of EMAR V4

Blog post written by Sally Ho Our team was excited to get our first EMAR V4 on the UWT campus in Winter quarter. As the Social Robot Wrangler, my goal this quarter was to assemble EMAR and improve the instructions that came with it to help teams assemble it in the future. Our team is…

March 26, 2019

Focus Group Team: Working to Uncover Teacher Opinions about Social Robots


EMAR demonstration with teachers

Blog post written by Dakota Gonzalez & Jesse Coward This quarter, our team planned activities for a focus group with high school teachers to uncover their opinions about having a social robot in their school environment. Our team was interested in speaking with local high school teachers to determine their opinions, thoughts, and concerns about…

March 19, 2019

Sharing our Findings from the Girls Who Code Activities


Face designed by Girls Who Code

Blog post written by Christine Tabila and Robear Gillis Our team shared activities with the Girls Who Code to understand how teens might interact with a social robot meant to help with their stress, as reported in last week’s blog. Girls Who Code is a free after school program where girls meet each week at…

March 15, 2019

The Girls Who Code in Tacoma: Preparing Design Activities to Share with Teens


Blog post written by Meredith Fife and Annamaria Choi This quarter, our team has been looking at how personas created by teens can help inform the design of EMAR and be a fun and engaging activity to use in the field. Personas are a popular technique used in user experience. A persona is a fictional…

January 13, 2019

Fall Quarter Design Sprint: Prototyping Movement


Ambient Mode Team Sketches

Blog post written by Christina Nelson Our team wrapped up another awesome quarter of research after ideating with teens in local Seattle high schools during the fall. To finish fall quarter, our full team met in on the Seattle campus to explore how EMAR would move during different stages of its interaction with teens. Each…

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