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James McLurkin

James McLurkin

Keynote Speaker: Roboticist, Inventor, Researcher & Teacher

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.

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James McLurkin Videos

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

How to book James McLurkin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James McLurkin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for James McLurkin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James McLurkin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book James McLurkin?

Booking fees for James McLurkin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James McLurkin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for James McLurkin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James McLurkin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James McLurkin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James McLurkin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James McLurkin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


James McLurkin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Innovation and Technology. The estimated speaking fee range to book James McLurkin for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $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, Jimmy Wales and Ray Kurzweil. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James McLurkin for an upcoming event.

James McLurkin Videos

James McLurkin and his robot swarm
Artificial Intelligence over Coffee with James McLurkin
James McLurkin | Conversations with Jeff Weeks | WSRE
Interview: James McLurkin on future of robotics & artificial intelligence

James McLurkin Reviews

  • James' talk was spot-on, albeit a bit shorter than we had planned!
    Tektronix - Jun 21 2022

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.

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How to book James McLurkin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James McLurkin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for James McLurkin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James McLurkin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book James McLurkin?

Booking fees for James McLurkin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James McLurkin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for James McLurkin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James McLurkin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James McLurkin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James McLurkin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James McLurkin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


James McLurkin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Innovation and Technology. The estimated speaking fee range to book James McLurkin for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $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, Jimmy Wales and Ray Kurzweil. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James McLurkin for an upcoming event.

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