JAMES MCLURKIN

THIS SPEAKER'S SET FEE PLACES HIM/HER WITHIN THE RANGE OF:

$7,501 to $15,000
 
TRAVELS FROM: Texas

VIDEOS:
No videos listed.

SPEECH TITLES AND/OR TOPICS   Click Here for Detailed Description

  • Dances with Robots: The Story of One Engineer, 112 Little Robots, and the Toys, Insects, and Star Wars Movies that Made it all Possible
  • Extreme Lesson Plans: Adventures in Technical Education
  • Extreme Lesson Plans Workshop: Bringing More of You to Your Classroom
  • The End of the World and Other Misconceptions: The Truth about Robotics
  • The Future of Robotics and Swarm Robot Applications
  • Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain
  • Lifting as You Climb and Other Every Day Responsibilities of the Minority Professional
  • Raising an Engineer: Not Your Typical Childcare Guide
  • Playing Engineer: The Toys of the Trade
  • How Do Robots Work? (Designed for Middle School)
  • What Do Robots Do? (Designed for Elementary School)

Categories

Education | Future | Technology

Biography

As a child, James McLurkin, Ph.D., was constantly building with LEGO bricks, cardboard boxes, or any other materials he could get his hands on. Today, he continues this tradition. Using Mother Nature as a model, his core research is developing distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems: the software for large swarms of autonomous robots. Inspired by the behavior of ants and bees, the SwarmBots perform individual tasks that collectively contribute to the goals of the group. They were originally created during his five-year post as Lead Research Scientist at iRobot, one of the world's leading robotics companies.

Since 1995, Dr. McLurkin has lectured extensively at companies and universities such as the Smithsonian Museum, Harvard University, Infosys, IBM, and Honda. He is dedicated to illustrating the fun and excitement in science and engineering, and teaches classes to students of all ages, from elementary school to graduate school. He cherishes his "Nerd Pride", and uses it to help excite the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Dr. McLurkin is a native of New York, where his parents encouraged his inventiveness and engineering prowess at a young age. From LEGO bricks to BMX bicycling to programming self-designed video games, he quickly became consumed by his passion for engineering. He built his first robot, Rover, in 1988, and quickly followed it with many other designs, including the Robotic Ants created at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab for his undergraduate thesis. He recounts, "I remember when I was in the 7th grade and saw the MIT Mechatronics (2.70) Design Competition on a NOVA television special. I thought, wow, that's the coolest thing on the planet." The program featured a behind-the-scenes look at Dr. McLurkin's Presentation Information and students working in a machine shop, using huge tools to build robots. "I was amazed at the machines they were building and the intensity of the competition... and I realized that's what I wanted to do, and that's where I wanted to go to school."

In 2003, Dr. McLurkin received the Lemelson MIT Student Prize, which is awarded to burgeoning MIT student inventors. Also in 2003, he was recognized by Time Magazine as one of five leading robotics engineers in their "Rise of the Machines" feature, and by Black Enterprise magazine as a "Best and Brightest Under 40."

In 2002, Dr. McLurkin was featured in the Lemelson Center's nationwide interactive traveling exhibit, "Invention at Play", which began at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Rice University in the Department of Computer Science. His research focuses on developing distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems, which is software that produces complex group behaviors from the interactions of many simple individuals.

Dr. James McLurkin 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.

Live chat by BoldChat
My Favorite Speakers
 

Similar Speaker

Michael Bosworth
Michael Bosworth is noted for founding and growing Solution Selling®, one of the most successful virtual companies in the B2B arena. He is currently involved in two start-ups, Mike Bosworth Leadership and WeConcile®. MBL teaches Story Seekers™ workshops. The workshops
More>>

Adam Newman
Adam J. Newman is the Managing Vice President of Industry Solutions Eduventures. He joined Eduventures in 1999 and has played a leadership role in the growth and development of the company's research practice. He is responsible for products
More>>

Nick Arnette
Nick Arnette is the “Feel Good, Funny Guy.” His programs transform and energize audiences with both motivation and humor! With Nick Arnette, you get a lot of laughs along with relevant, practical content. His most requested talk
More>>

Murray Banks
Murray Banks has been a speaker and trainer for 25 years. His presentations focus on our lifestyle and its impact on leadership and work performance. And he knows something about performance...he is an honored educator and a World
More>>


TRANSLATE:
Cartier's achievements in Fine fake rolex Watchmaking are the fruit of a constantly innovative approach at the service of highly distinctive aesthetics. Its past as an inventor and designer prom dresses has given rise to a style that favours volume and shapes. And sometimes you may need replica handbags when you went out. The same christian louboutin schuhe drive can be seen in the Maison's technical concepts: their freedom and importance have enabled Cartier to revolutionise the representation of time with replica watches Watchmaking pieces that adhere to the cheap prom dresses Manufacture's highest replica watches uk standards.You may like Affordable Wedding Dresses online. They are very cheap wedding dresses.