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i n v e s t i g a t o r s :

Keith Evan Green
Design & MechE, Cornell

Yarden Kader
Psychology, Cornell
and Beit Berl College (Israel)

Cornell Student Team:
Joshua Blair, Eli Vicarte, Hsin-Ming Chao, Lucia Pannunzio, Fannie Massarsky.

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p a r t n e r s :


Hillside Residential Center
(Rochester, New York)

The Residential Child Care Project at Cornell University (link)




e-MoBo

Interactive Devices Supporting Positive Relational Processes
between Children and Adults
(especially) in Residential Care Settings

v i d e o s :

Our video for IDC 2023

o v e r v i e w :

Children who live in out-of-home, residential care facilities have typically experienced adversity and trauma and consequentially exhibit psychological distress (e.g., despair, detachment). Residential care facilities are understaffed while needing to establish a healthy liaison between staff and children. This lamentable state of affairs has become more pressing following the Covid-19 pandemic. With expertise in design, robotics, interaction design, cognitive science,developmental psychology, and early childhood education, our research team has designed three early robotic prototypes that we call “e,” “Mo," and “Bo,” in our longer design endeavor to develop “e-MoBo,” an interactive, non-humanoid robot for young children living in residential care facilities to playfully express themselves.

The aim of this child-centered project is to provide the opportunity for children who have experienced hostile environments and inappropriate care to become aware of, regulate, and express their inner socio-emotional world via tactile and visual experimentation
with eMoBo so that they might more easily communicate their feelings and needs with non-biological caregivers, striving for a significant, long-standing improvement in the wellbeing of these children. In this paper, we present our designs and envision their
use in two use cases. We are developing e-MoBo prototypes with our research partners, the Hillside Residential Center (Rochester, New York) and local children and schools.

publications:

Joshua Blair, Eli Vicarte, Hsin-Ming Chao, Lucia Pannunzio, Fannie Massarsky, Alyssa Yoon, Yarden Kedar, and Keith Evan Green. 2023. EMoBo: Three Early Interactive Prototypes Supporting positive Relational Processes between Children and Adults in Residential Care Settings. In Proc. of ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC '23), pp. 697-700.