Bill Smart
Professor (Adjunct)
Mechanical Engineering

316 Graf Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-0670
(541) 737-2600


  • PhD, Computer Science, Brown University, 2002
  • ScM, Computer Science, Brown University, 1996
  • MSc, Intelligent Robotics, University of Edinburgh, 1992
  • BSc, Computer Science, University of Dundee, 1991


Research Interests

Dr. Smart does research in the areas of robotics and machine learning. In robotics, Smart is particularly interested in improving the interactions between people and robots; enabling robots to be self-sufficient for weeks and months at a time; and determining how they can be used as personal assistants for people with severe motor disabilities. In machine learning, Smart is interested in developing strategies for teaching robots to act effectively (or even optimally), based on long-term interactions with the world and given intermittent and at times incorrect  feedback on their performance.