THIS VIRTUAL EVENT is presented by the Harvard Radcliffe Institute in cooperation with CHARISMA and will explain how technology designers can add social and functional value to robot interaction with humans.


Date:     Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time:    1:00PM Eastern


CHARISMA, the Collaborative Humans and Robotics: Interaction, Sociability, Machine learning and Art robotics lab at Oregon State University (OSU) applies a variety of methods, including entertainment concepts, to the development of more effective and charismatic robots.


The speaker, Heather Knight, will discuss service robots, autonomous robots, expressive communication, and "human-in-the-loop" robot behavior systems.   Using examples from the past twenty years and ideas for the future, she will illustrate how technology designers can leverage human-inspired communication systems into robot perception and enactment systems. 


Heather Knight is an assistant professor of computer science at OSU and runs the CHARISMA robotics research group at OSU, which applies methods from entertainment to the development of more effective and charismatic robots. Knight completed a postdoc at Stanford University exploring minimal robots and autonomous car interfaces and a PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University exploring expressive motion for low degree-of-freedom robots. She also holds an MS in electrical engineering and a BS in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she developed a sensate skin for a robot teddy bear at the MIT Media Lab. Knight has worked on robotics and instrumentation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics. She spent nine years producing an annual Robot Film Festival, which she founded, exploring positive storytelling about robots. Knight also gave a TED talk about robot comedy, helped create a robot flower garden installation at the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, and created a two-floor Rube Goldberg machine for the rock band OK GO use in their "This Too Shall Pass" music video (Click Here To View), which received a British Video Music Award. 


ADDITIONAL DETAILS can be found on the Harvard Radcliffe Institute website by CLICKING HERE.


Organizer:          The Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Cost:                   Free

Registration:       Register by CLICKING HERE