Designing Social Robots with Teens

Greater Seattle UX
Greater Seattle UX
Public group
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Designing social robots with teens: A participatory approach to human-centered design
In the UX field that privileges understanding users and their needs, how do we carefully, ethically, and meaningfully engage people in our research? Focusing on her current research on social robots to support teen stress, Dr. Rose shares a participatory approach for human-entered design. Over the past three years, our team has worked closely with teens in the wild to understand their perspectives and needs for a social robot that is being designed to better understand and address teen stress, a growing and challenging problem. In this talk, she’ll provide an overview of the emergence of social robots, the issues involved with working with teens, and the joys and challenges of researching and designing in the wild. She’ll conclude with a set of participatory research principles that continues to guide the teams work. This talk will appeal to both design and research practitioners in UX who are interested in considering new approaches for designing technology products in socially complex spaces.

During this interactive talk, you will:
• Learn about methods for exploring and understanding people’s lives including, ecological momentary assessment.
• Consider ethical ways to engage populations in design, including participatory design and community-based approaches to research.
• Explore considerations for designing meaningful interactions with social robots.

Emma J. Rose, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington of Tacoma with an adjunct appointment in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on the design of technology in support of a broader concern about social justice and inclusive design. Her current research project is a participatory project with teens to design a social robot to address teen stress. She is passionate about introducing human-centered design to the next generation to diversify the methods and results of design work. Her other research projects include investigating the practice of user experience and how practitioners make rhetorical appeals, centering overlooked populations in design work, and the pedagogy of UX. Prior to her academic career, she spent over a decade working as a user experience consultant.

6:00 - 6:30 Check-in and networking
6:30 - 6:45 Announcements and logistics for the group
6:45 - 7:45 Presentation and Q&A
8:00 - Everyone out and doors locked

The nominal fee through WePay helps us to plan seating and food and beverage.
We're looking forward to hosting you at REI Headquarters for the Greater Seattle UX meetup. NOTE: This is the HQ in Kent.
We will start the program promptly at 6:30. Please arrive by that time.
Joe Welinske[masked]

This meetup is produced by ConveyUX.

Some notes on directions and finding the building/room on campus:

• The room/building is REI Smith Commons (street address is 6602 S 228th St, Kent, WA 98032), map can be found here:
• Parking in the large parking area in the NW corner of the campus, off 64th Ave S. There are no parking restrictions aside from existing signage designating vanpool spots etc.
• Walk East through the parking lot to the REI Smith Commons building, which is at the center of campus.
• Use the entrance on the West side of the building, just off the winding path from the parking lot.