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James McLurkin (born in 1972) is an engineering assistant professor at Rice University specializing in swarm robotics. He appeared on Nova on PBS. In addition, he is a winner of the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize and completed his Ph.D. in computer science in May 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He earned his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
James and his robots are featured in a 2005 episode of PBS' Nova: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/james-mclurkin.html
In 1995, McLurkin was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to speak about his life and career in a presentation for schoolchildren sponsored by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
James graduated from Baldwin Senior High School, Baldwin, NY 11510 in 1990.
- Personal web page
- NOVA Science NOW feature, includes video segment
- 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.