I aim to design systems that are intelligent, that think for themselves, that have commonsense and that can cope in any environment.

I draw on both symbolic methods and machine learning to find solutions to applied problems.

See below for some of my research activities and publications.

Activities and Grants

I have served in leadership roles in various teams at RoboCup. RoboCup is the premier international robotics competition. In it, teams must program robots to serve as domestic helpers (take out garbage, tour guide, give directions, clean up, receptionist) or play competitive soccer against other robots.

I am/was a chief investigator on the following grants:

In addition, I am/was an investigator on several industry partnerships, including South Western Sydney Local Health District, Jobs for NSW, Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

I have served as a conference chair for NRAC 2009, PCAR 2008 and 2010, Smarter Living 2011, Commonsense 2013 and ICSR 2014 as well as on the advisory board of Commonsense, and the workshop chair of ISWC 2013. I also work as a reviewer and program committee member of many conferences and journals including IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI, AIJ, HRI, AGI and Social Robotics.


A selection of publications appears below.

Social Robotics

Commonsense Reasoning

Internet of Things

Inference with Defeasible Logic

Published 30 November 2019 by Benjamin Johnston.