Michael O’Rourke, professor of philosophy, examines the process of developing communication and integration in cross-disciplinary research and the nature of linguistic communication between intelligent agents.
O’Rourke is director of the ToolBox Project, a National-Science-Foundation-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research. . He has been a co-principal investigator and collaborator on several funded projects involving autonomous underwater vehicles. He co-founded and served as co-director of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, an interdisciplinary conference on philosophical themes, and he co-edited the series, Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, published by MIT Press. He is frequently published for communication, philosophy, interdisciplinary theory and practice, and robotic agent design topics.
Before coming to MSU, O’Rourke was a professor at the University of Idaho for 16 years, teaching philosophy, environmental science and neuroscience. He taught at Kansas State University from 1994 to 1996 and lectured at Stanford University in 1993 and 1994. O’Rourke received his doctorate in philosophy in 1995 and his master’s degree in philosophy in 1991 from Stanford University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Kansas in 1987.