Publications

Thesis Work

Ongoing Ph.D. Thesis: “Expressive Motion for Low Degree-of-Freedom Robots.” Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute. Thesis Committee: Reid Simmons, Manuela Veloso, Aaron Steinfeld, and Guy Hoffman.

M.S. Thesis: “Real-time Social Touch Gesture Recognition.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. M.S. Advisor: Cynthia Breazeal, May 2008.

Journal Articles

Knight, H. and and Simmons, R. “Designing motions that express a robot’s thoughts, intentions, or feelings using the Laban Effort System.” Journal of Social Robotics, Springer, 2016. Under Submission

Knight, H. “Design and Policy Considerations of Human-Robot Partnerships.” The Robots are Coming: Series on Civilian Robotics. Brookings Institute, July 2014. View Online | Download PDF

Knight, H. “Eight Lessons learned about Non-verbal Interactions through Robot Theater.” Social Robotics. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011. 42-51. Download PDF

Conference Papers

H. Knight and R. Simmons. “Laban Head-Motions Convey Robot State: A Call for Robot Body Language.” International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2016. Download PDF

Knight, H, Veloso, M. and Simmons, R. “Taking Candy from a Robot: Speed Features and Candy Accessibility Predict Human Response.” In Proceedings of International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man ‘15), September 2015 in Kobe, Japan. Download PDF

Knight, H and Simmons, R. “Expressive Motion with X, Y and Theta: Laban Effort Features for Mobile Robots.” In Proceedings of International Symposium Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN ‘14), August 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Download PDF

Knight, H. and Simmons, R. “Estimating Human Interest and Attention via Gaze Analysis.” In Proceedings International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA ‘13), May 2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Download PDF

Knight, H., Toscano, R., Steele, W. D., Chang, A., Wang, Y. and Breazeal, C. “Real-time Touch Gesture Recognition for a Sensate Robot.” In Proceedings of International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS ’09), October 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Download PDF

Harvey, A. and Knight, H. “Anti-Paparazzi Fashion.” In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC ’09), September 2009 in Linz, Austria. Download PDF

Knight, H, Lee, J. and Ma, H. “Chair Alarm for Patient Fall Prevention based on Gesture Recognition and Interactivity” In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC ’08), August 2008 in Vancouver, Canada. Download PDF

Extended Abstracts

Knight, H and Simmons, R. “Layering Laban Effort Features on Robot Task Motions.” Late Breaking Report at International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI ‘15), March 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Download PDF

Knight, H., Simmons, R.. “Designing an Expressive Motion System for a Robot that Needs Your Help” Extended Abstract for Women in Robotics Workshop at the International Conference on Robotics, Science and Systems (RSS ‘14), July 2014 in Berkeley, California. Download PDF

Knight, H. “Acting Lesson with Robot: Emotional Gestures” Video for the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, March 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. Download PDFView Video

Knight, H. and Simmons, R. “Tracking Aggregate vs. Individual Gaze Behaviors during a Robot-led Tour Simplifies overall Engagement Estimates” Late Breaking Report for the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, March 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Download PDF

Knight, H. “Devilishly Charming Robots and Charismatic Machines.” HRI Young Pioneers poster for the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, March 2011, Lausanne, Switzerland. Download PDF

Knight, H., Divvala, S. and Satkin, S. “A Savvy Robot Standup Comic: Realtime Learning through Audience Tracking” Work-in-progress paper for the International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI ’11), January 2011, in Funchal, Portugal. Download PDF

Knight, H., Chang, A., Steele, W. D., Toscano, R. Wang, Y. and Breazeal, C. “Robot Design Rubrics for Social Gesture Categorization and User Studies with Children.” Presented in Workshop on How to Integrate Social Robots into Society at the International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI ’09), March 2009 in San Diego, California. Download PDF

Additional Writing

H. Knight. “A Short History of Artificial Intelligence, A Student Perspective: CSAIL/NSF” Summary created as part of an National Science Foundation Grant to archive MIT’s Early Artificial Intelligence research, through films, interviews and independent research. Link to Website