Professor Jeffrey Johnson

Professor of Complexity Science and Design


Jeffrey Johnson is Professor of Complexity Science and Design at the Open University. He is interested in developing new science to support the needs of our complex society. He has worked in many areas including planning and design, management, policy and administration, geography, economics, computer-aided design, computer vision and robotics, and internet-based methods of education. Apart from scientific research he has extensive experience in industry and has been a member of his local town council. He is very committed to encouraging young people to reach their potential at all levels and to use their knowledge and skills to lead a fulfilling life and make a contribution to society. He was chair of RoboCupJunior, an international movement using robot soccer, dance and rescue to motivate children’s interest in science and technology. He has a Blue Peter badge after organising a TV competition that attracted robot designs from thirty two thousand children. Today his work focuses on society and education. As the world gets more and more complex, he is working towards developing new theories of social and economic systems to support planning and policy As President of the international Complex Systems Society he is working towards explaining these new scientific ideas in accessible ways to audiences of all ages. He is also involved in developing programmes of education on technical and social systems to be delivered worldwide through the Complex Systems Society.

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