Project EMAR is currently funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the National Robotics Initiative. This project is an interdisciplinary investigation of teen-robot interaction in an effort to effectively capture adolescent stress levels during interactions with a social robot.

This Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot, EMAR, is housed in the Human-Centered Design and Engineering department at UW. The development team includes cross-campus researchers at the University of Washington, based at UW Tacoma and UW Seattle. Learn more at the Project EMAR blog.

Target Participants

High school teens.

Research Questions

  1. How do we design a social robot that is engaging to teens?
  2. How do teens and school staff want to see aggregate stress and mood data collected by a social robot?
  3. How do teens feel about sharing their stress and mood information with a social robot? 


Elin Björling – Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE)

Emma Rose – School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS – UWT)

Maya Cakmak – Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

Post-Doctoral Researchers 

Patrícia Alves-Oliveira – Computer Science & Engineering

Students Researchers

Katelynn Oleson – Undergraduate Research Assistant (HCDE)

Yufei Zhang – Research Experience for Undergraduates (HCDE)

Leah Perlmutter – Graduate Research Assistant (CSE)

Directed Research Group


Project EMAR is currently working with the following High Schools as laboratory schools for the design and development of EMAR:

From January to March 2018, Project EMAR had launched a Social Robot Design Challenge for local high schools.


Designing for engagement: using participatory design to develop a social robot to measure teen stress.

Teen-Robot Interaction: A pilot study of engagement with a low-fidelity prototype.

And more…

Funded by

This work is supported in part by the National Robotics Initiative of the National Science. Foundation under grant no. NRI-1734100