Rice University, Department of Computer Science
I enjoy speaking about topics in robotics, technical education, and the creative design process. I have received rave reviews from organizations such as Honda, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Smithsonian Museum, the Boston Museum of Science, and many elementary, middle and high schools. If you are interested in coordinating a potential speaking opportunity, please contact me at the email address at the bottom of this page.
My presentation topics include:
Encouraging creative thought is important for everybody, no matter what you do or how old you are. This presentation looks at the logistics of creativity, sources of inspiration, and how to structure your environment to enhance creative thought.
Swarms are the future of robotics. This presentation motivates the need for swarms of robots, and explains the technology required to produce group behaviors. It usually includes robot demos and audience participation.
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.
Invention and Play often go hand-in-hand. This presentation looks at the kind of play that has shaped my inventiveness, from kindergarten to the present day.
"The Swarm Keeper / Metal Insects on Wheels" Time Magazine June 14, 2004
"Send in the Swarm" FORTUNE June, 2004
"Uncle Sam Wants a Few Good Entrepreneurs" Business 2.0 Magazine October, 2004
"Black Inventors: The Kings and Queens of Technology" Turning Point Magazine November/December, 2004
"Robots Clean House" Popular Mechanics Magazine November, 2003
"The Hot List: Best & Brightest Under 40", Black Enterprise Magazine December 2003
"Techno-wizards at Play" Smithsonian Magazine November, 2002
"Inventor at Play" ask Magazine September/October, 2002
"Modern Machines: Robot Ants" Physical Science DayBook Workbook 2003
"Zoom" Zoom Television Show 2004
CNN Headline News March 17, 2003
CNN Cool Science March 17, 2003
Microrobotics Inventor Wins $30,000 Student Prize for Inventiveness from Lemelson-MIT Program February 26, 2003
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