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Jim Boerkoel
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Prof. Jim Boerkoel

  • Csilla & Walt Foley Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Claremont, CA
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Director: Human Experience & Agent Teamwork Lab


  • boerkoel[@]cs[.]hmc[.]edu
  • McGregor Computer Science Center, 309
  • Office: 909-607-4522 (x74522)


Jim Boerkoel is Csilla & Walt Foley Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College where he also leads the Human Experience & Agent Teamwork Lab. The goal of the HEATLab is to develop techniques that augment humans' own cognitive and physical abilities to create integrated human-robot teams that are more capable than their individual counterparts. Prior to joining HMC, Jim worked as a Postdoctoral Associate with Julie Shah of the Interactive Robotics Group at MIT. Jim completed his doctoral thesis on developing distributed approaches for constraint-based, multi-agent scheduling under the supervision of Ed Durfee at the University of Michigan. Jim received his B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) in both Mathematics and Computer Science from Hope College (2006), and his M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in Computer Science and Engineering. In 2017, Boerkoel was recognized with an NSF CAREER award for his project "Robust and Reliable Multiagent Scheduling under Uncertainty." More broadly, his research interests include automated planning and scheduling, multi-robot coordination, human-robot interaction, and AI education.

Education & Previous Experience

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Interactive Robotics Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA, 2012 - 2013
  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, July 2012
  • M.S., Computer Science and Engineering - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, August 2008
  • B.S., Mathematics, Computer Science - Hope College - Holland, MI, December 2005 (Summa Cum Laude)

Teaching Interests

  • Intro CS
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Interaction Design
  • Human-Robot Interaction

Research Interests

  • AI Education
  • Multiagent Coordination
  • Assistive Technology
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Constraint-Based Scheduling
  • Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing


Prof. Jim Boerkoel leads Human Experience & Agent Teamwork Lab (HEATlab) @ HMC. The mission of the HEATlab is to develop robust techniques for human-robot teamwork that exploit the relative strengths of humans and agents. We focus on using ideas from AI to automate the scheduling and coordination human-robot and robot-robot teams. We are particularly motivated by the challenge of coordinating human-robot teams in uncertain environments that require explicit cooperation to be successful. Our research recognizes and exploits the relative strengths of humans and agents to accomplish what neither can achieve alone. You can read more about the HEATlab in this recent PCMag interview with Jim!. For information about Jim's research, current HEATlab projects, publications, news and highlights,please visit heatlab.org, or follow us on social media:

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