Bloom


Bloom helps groups collaborate more effectively by transforming destructive conflict into constructive conflict.

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About Bloom


Bloom is designed to promote constructive (situational-focused) conflict using three key features. Through a Wizard of Oz interface, an experimenter monitors conversations for accusatory language, and Bloom responds accordingly.

Bloom's Features
final robot

Final Robot Design

Features of Bloom


Gaze

Bloom monitors conversations for accusatory language and rotates to face those who engage in destructive conflict.

Negative Response

Bloom wilts to signal destructive conflict and suggests to take an alternative approach to the issue.

Positive Response

When a conflict becomes constructive, Bloom's stem will straighten and adjust back to its upright position.

Empathy

Our preliminary results indicated that Bloom can stimulate empathy in human companions.

Our Team


Our team is composed of five students from a variety of different backgrounds and diciplines.

Justina Chen

Justina C.

Chris Traver

Chris T.

Vighnesh Vatsal

Vighnesh V.

Austin Chan

Austin C.

Minae Kwon

Minae K.

Design Process


  • Duffield Hall

    FIELD OBSERVATION

    We observed students collaborating in Duffield Hall and realized that many had a variety of issues collaborating effectively.


    Project Proposal Presentation
  • Milestone 1

    VIDEO INTERACTION ANALYSIS

    We used the information from our field observations to decide on a robot concept and develop three relevant behaviors on which a robot could intervene.


    Conflict Case Study Presentation
  • Milestone 3

    PROTOTYPING

    We created a concept prototype of our robot using cardboard, as well as developed a benchmarking mind map to further understand the design space.


    Presentation
  • Milestone 4

    TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION

    We then built a high-fidelity prototype of our cardboard prototype using wood and arduino servos.


    Videos
  • Milestone 5

    BEHAVIOR DESIGN

    Using our semi-finalized high-fidelity prototype, we began to design and implement behavior designs and interactions for our robot.


    Presentation Video
  • Milestone 6

    CROWDSOURCING

    To learn more about how people interpret our robot's behaviors, we launched a brief survey on Amazon Mechanical Turk to help us determine how it might work in a group task.


    Presentation
  • Milestone 7

    FIELD TESTING

    To evaluate the effectiveness of our robot, we did field testing with participants in a mock conflict scenario.


    User Testing Videos Conflict Scenario
  • Final Presentation

    FINAL PRESENTATION

    For the Project Fair at the end of the class, we created a final presentation documenting the design process of our final robot.


    Final Presentation Final Paper
  • The End