I am Benjamin Johnston, a researcher and an educator.

I can be reached by email at hello@benjaminjohnston.com.au.


I am Deputy Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab ("The Magic Lab"), a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and a core member in the Centre of Artificial Intelligence in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

My research is focussed on high impact outcomes in applications of artificial intelligence: social robotics, multi-modal human-robot interaction, artificial commonsense reasoning, design and data analytics. My research is motivated by a long term curiosity about how to successfully integrate symbolic methods (i.e., logics, which provide explanations and structure) with subsymbolic methods (i.e., machine learning and simulations, which improve performance and can be generated from data).

Some of the outcomes of my work include:

I supervise a range of research projects. Please email me if you are considering a PhD, Masters or Honours degree in artificial intelligence at UTS.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

I have developed cutting-edge subjects in innovation and entrepreneurship at UTS. I have taught classes on entrepreneurship at Stanford University's d.school with Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley.

I have mentored many startup founders in their earliest stages. These founders have experienced financial success, successful funding, selection in prestigious accelerators and large prizes in pitching and startup competitions.

Industry Experience

Prior to my research career, I worked with industry and startups as a software developer, consultant, bio-statistician and IT manager.

Published 30 November 2019 by Benjamin Johnston.