Jim Boerkoel is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Harvey Mudd College where he 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-agent 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.
The mission of the HEATlab is to develop robust techniques for human-robot teamwork that exploit the relative strengths of humans and agents. For the latest HEATlab news and highlights, check out the projects below, visit the HEATlab website, or follow us social media:
Our Productivity and Wellness Pal (PaWPal) project explores whether an agent (smartphone app) can learn and visualize trends about the experiences of its human teammate in order to nudge them towards behavior that optimizes their productivity and wellness.
Our Robot Brunch project explores what it takes for multiple robots to schedule robust interactions in the messiness of the real world.
Our Human Robot Conavigation project explores how to plan and schedule robots' interactions with humans on shared activities so that the exchanges are fluid and intuitive.
Please use the calendar below to find a time between 9:00AM and 5:00PM, M-F that works for you and e-mail Prof. Jim. Please try to give 24-hour notice, as my schedule tends to shift often.