During this event which centered in accessibility, Maya organized a research workshop titled “Designing a Social Robot for Mental Health Support”.

In this workshop, the participants learned about basic interaction design methods such as brainstorming, bodystorming, storyboarding, paper prototyping, and Wizard-of-Oz prototyping. These methods were practiced in the design of a social robot for mental health support.

The participants identified a need in mental health related with journaling, and designed three different versions of a journaling robot using the aforementioned techniques and tools developed in the Human-Centered Robotics lab.