I currently conduct research in robotics within the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory. I am designing robots that are intelligent, that think for themselves, that have commonsense and that can cope in any environment.

While I draw on concepts from computer science and logic, the focus of my work is very pragmatic.

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:

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.