Elin Bjorling



Elin Björling is a research scientist and co-founder of the Momentary Experience Lab at the Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington (Seattle, USA). Her research leverages a participatory design approach to the research and development of new technologies (social robots and virtual reality) to improve teen mental health.

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Social robots have been identified as a potentially desirable and effective therapeutic tool for a diverse range of populations. But how do we gather empirical evidence to inform our social robot research and design requirements? Both design and research of a social robot requires qualitative explorations if we hope to understand our users and their contexts. In this talk, I will briefly demonstrate the use of qualitative and mixed-methods in the development and testing of our own social robot, EMAR.

Papers covered during the talk

  • Björling, E. A., Thomas, K., Rose, E. J., & Cakmak, M. (2020). Exploring teens as robot operators, users and witnesses in the wild. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 7, 5 link.

  • Björling, E. A., Ling, H., Bhatia, S., & Dziubinski, K. (2020, November). The Experience and Effect of Adolescent to Robot Stress Disclosure: A Mixed-Methods Exploration. In the International Conference on Social Robotics (pp. 604-615). Springer, Cham link.

  • Björling, E. A., & Rose, E. (2019). Participatory research principles in human-centered design: engaging teens in the co-design of a social robot. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 3(1), 8 link.

  • Rose, E. J., & Björling, E. A. (2017, August). Designing for engagement: using participatory design to develop a social robot to measure teen stress. In Proceedings of the 35th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication (pp. 1-10) link.