Heather Knight seems to keep a schedule that would make Alice in Wonderland's rabbit look like he was moving in slow motion. She's pursuing robotics research towards her doctorate at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and running Marilyn Monrobot Labs in New York City. She has also done work for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, applications and sensor design for Aldebaran Robotics as a part of the NAO project, and is an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab.
Somehow, in the midst of all of that, or perhaps because of it, she's doing some surprising work exploring the potential for interactive robots to teach us a lot about our own behaviors and motivations. And, she's doing it via the vehicle of robot stand-up comedy:
Related links: Marilyn Monrobot Official Website