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James McLurkin

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Roboticist, Inventor, Researcher & Teacher

Roboticist, Inventor, Researcher & Teacher

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James McLurkin Biography

James McLurkin is a Sr. Hardware Engineer at Google. He is one of the leads on the Google "Coral" Project, where he designs Artificial Intelligence hardware for users so that they can build their own awesome AI-powered projects. But his top-secret plan for global change is to build things that help build more engineers.

He is a recovering academic; as an Assistant Professor at Rice University his research was on distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems, which is software that produces complex group behaviors from the interactions of many simple robots.

Previously, McLurkin was a Lead Research Scientist at iRobot, and was the 2003 recipient of the Lemelson-MIT student prize for invention. He holds a S.B. in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T.

James McLurkin Speaking Topics

  • Lifting as You Climb & Other Every Day Responsibilities of the Minority Professional

  • Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain

  • The Future of Robotics & Swarm Robot Applications

  • The End of the World & Other Misconceptions: The Truth About Robotics

  • Dances with Robots: The Story of One Engineer, 112 Little Robots, & the Toys, Insects, & Star Wars Movies that Made it all Possible

    The presentation starts with a lighthearted look at society's views on robots, Hollywood's portrayal of them, the current state of the art, and the future of the technology. Philosophical questions about the nature of intelligence are discussed, as they pose serious problems for the creation of artificially intelligent devices. The final conclusion? Robots are phenomenally stupid and we should be more concerned about the next asteroid strike than a robotic rebellion. In spite of this, robots are still useful, and swarms are the future of robotics. McLurkin explains the need for swarms of robots and the technology required to produce their group behaviors. Live robot demonstrations and video clips of the swarm in action punctuate these main points. The presentation concludes with an autobiographical sketch that traces the events, ideas, and toys that have influenced McLurkin's career. Starting with cardboard boxes and tape, moving through LEGO and video games, this high-energy slide show concludes with a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the iRobot Swarm.

James McLurkin Videos

  • James McLurkin and his robot swarm
  • Artificial Intelligence over Coffee with James McLurkin
  • James McLurkin | Conversations with Jeff Weeks | WSRE

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James McLurkin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Lifting as You Climb & Other Every Day Responsibilities of the Minority Professional, Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain, The Future of Robotics & Swarm Robot Applications, The End of the World & Other Misconceptions: The Truth About Robotics and Dances with Robots: The Story of One Engineer, 112 Little Robots, & the Toys, Insects, & Star Wars Movies that Made it all Possible. The estimated speaking fee range to book James McLurkin for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. James McLurkin generally travels from Houston, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Michio Kaku, Hava Siegelmann, Ray Kurzweil, Jim Carroll and Huma Abidi. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James McLurkin for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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