James McLurkin, Senior Hardware Engineer at Google, stopped by Adafruit, we chatted about making things and empowering people to make things, including the AIY Vision kit (recently on Hackaday) and the AIY Voice klt …
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I am a robotics engineer with 20+ years of experience in the field, both as an industry project lead and an award-winning researcher at MIT and Rice University. I’m a thought leader in multi-robot systems, having led engineering teams in building 2 different swarms with 100+ robots each. My interests are broad; but I’m only happy working on challenging projects involving electrical/mechanical/computational integration. I’m at Google now, developing cool new gizmos, returning to my roots as a hardware engineer.
You can learn more about my previous work as director of the Rice Multi-Robot Systems Lab here:
Recent research projects include using distributed computational geometry for multi-robot configuration estimation and control, distributed multi-robot manipulation, and deploying physical data structures for computation on multi-robot systems. Previous positions include lead research scientist at iRobot corporation, where McLurkin was the manager of the DARPA-funded Swarm project. Results included the design and construction of 112 robots and distributed configuration control algorithms, including robust software to search indoor environments. I hold 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.
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- James McLurkin – LinkedIn.
- Personal web page.
- NOVA Science NOW feature.
- Prototype Online: Inventive Voices podcast featuring a 2006 interview with James McLurkin – From the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation website.
- James McLurkin | The HistoryMakers.
- James McLurkin – Google Scholar Citations.