Washington Free Beacon
Sept 7, 2017
The National Science Foundation is spending over $1 million to build a “friendly social robot” that will gather mental health information on high school students.
The agency awarded the University of Washington $1,067,001 to develop a robot named “EMAR” that researchers hope will be able to “inform decision-making” of administrators at public high schools in the state.
“This award supports project EMAR (Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot), a timely interdisciplinary project that will research, develop, and deploy a user-friendly social robot that gathers teen mental health data in a public high school setting,” the grant for the project states.
Researchers say the project is necessary because “investigating the interactions between teens and robots has been largely overlooked.”
This article was posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:23 am