Heather Knight
Assistant Professor
Computer Science

2073 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
(541) 737-2165
(541) 737-1300


  • PhD, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
  • MS, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
  • MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006



  • Post-Doc, Stanford University, 2016-2017.
  • Field Applications Engineer, Aldebaran Robotics, 2010
  • Research Scientist, NASA JPL, 2008-2010
  • Electrical Engineer, Aldebaran Robotics, 2007


Heather Knight is a computer science professor at Oregon State University. Her research interests include human-robot interaction, non-verbal machine communications and non-anthropomorphic social robots. She directs the CHARISMA* Research Lab, whose goal is to operationalize methods from the performing arts to make more charismatic robots. *Collaborative Humans and Robots: Interaction, Sociability, Machine Learning, and Art.

Off campus, she heads up robot theater company Marilyn Monrobot, which has an annual Robot Film Festival and features robot comedy performances by Ginger the Robot. Past honors include the 2011 Forbes List for 30 under 30 in Science, a TED Robot Comedy talk, and the VMA-winning "This too shall pass" OK GO Rube Goldberg Machine music video.