Announcing the ODTUG Kscope18 Keynote Speaker

Presenting:

Dr. Heather Knight

Start off your day with Dr. Knight as she shares about her fascinating work with charismatic robots, beginning with her background, followed by a summary of trends in robotics today and a description of the significance and challenges in charismatic robots, and ending with a robot comedy finale.

Dr. Heather Knight is an Assistant Professor of Robotics at Oregon State University. There, her CHARISMA research group uses methods from entertainment to bootstrap the development of social robots. Their research interests include minimal social robots, robot ethics, charismatic machines, and multi-robot/multi-human social interaction.

She also runs Marilyn Monrobot, a robot theater company with comedy performances, and an annual Robot Film Festival. Past honors include robot comedy on TED.com, a robot flower garden installation at the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and a British Music Video Award for OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass" music video, featuring a two-floor Rube Goldberg Machine. She was named to AdWeek's Creative 100 creatives in 2017, and Forbes List's 30 Under 30 in science in 2011.

Dr. Knight's academic background includes a postdoc at Stanford University exploring minimal robots and autonomous car interfaces, a PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University exploring expressive motion for low degree of freedom robots, and MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she developed a sensate skin for a robot teddy bear at the MIT Media Lab. Additional past work includes robotics and instrumentation at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics.Dr. Heather Knight is an Assistant Professor of Robotics at Oregon State University. There, her CHARISMA research group uses methods from entertainment to bootstrap the development of social robots. Their research interests include minimal social robots, robot ethics, charismatic machines, and multi-robot/multi-human social interaction.

Here's a short snippet of a presentation by Heather Knight. Video credit goes to Unesco Mgiep