Bot Designer is the design and development of a virtual reality game in which teens design and customize a social robot. Once fully developed, the game will be used to capture teenagers’ ideas for robot designs, including their likes, dislikes and customizations. This research will help to inform the final design of EMAR a social robot for teens. 

Target Participants

Seattle area teens.

Research Questions

  1. What designs do teens build and why?
  2. Are there similarities among the designs that teens build?
  3. Does teen gender impact robot design?


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

Students Researchers

Ada Kim – Doctoral Research Assistant (iSchool)

Simran Bhatia – Undergraduate Research Assistant (iSchool)

Dong Li