Faculty Profile: John Gero

John Gero

John Gero

CSS Research Professor (Retired)


Primary Research: Design Science, Computing, and Cognition

Office: 206 Krasnow Institute
Phone: 703-415-6503
Personal Website: http://mason.gmu.edu/~jgero/

Current Research Interests

Design Cognition

Cognitive studies of designing: protocol studies of designing; cognitive studies of design education, role of drawings in designing more
Cognitive neuroscience of designing: the behaviour of the brain while designing more

Design Computing

Social behavior in design – Computational social science: situated cognition based agents to study interactions in individuals, teams and organizationsmore
Computational models of creative design: evolutionary systems; analogy; emergence; situated agents, computational social science more
Evolutionary systems in design: genetic engineering; style emergence, complex evolution more
Ontologies: the development of the Function-Structure-Behaviour ontology and its application to designing, to designed objects and to designing processes more
Situated design computing: computation founded on situated cognition concepts that allows the acquisition and re-use of experience more
Visual representation and reasoning: emergence in design; shape representation; qualitative representationsmore

Design Education

Cognitive studies of design education: protocol studies using novel ontologically-based coding scheme that produces quantitative, commensurable results independent of domain, task and participant education and background; projects study high school students, undergraduate students in multiple domains and professionals; projects include longitudinal and lateral studies

Research Funding

Recent research funding for design cognition, design computing and design education research has come from NSF (CMMI, CNS, EEC, IIS and SBE programs), DARPA and NASA

Dr. John Gero is a research professor in Computer Science and Architecture at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a Research Professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and at the Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University. Formerly he was Professor of Design Science and Co-Director of the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, at the University of Sydney. He is the author or editor of 50 books and over 650 papers and book chapters in the fields of design science, design computing, artificial intelligence, computer-aided design, design cognition and cognitive science. He has been a Visiting Professor of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Design and Computation or Mechanical Engineering at MIT, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia and CMU in the USA, at Strathclyde and Loughborough in the UK, at INSA-Lyon and Provence in France and at EPFL-Lausanne in Switzerland. His former doctoral students are professors in the USA, UK, Australia, Finland, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.

He has been the recipient of many excellence awards including the Harkness Fellowship, two Fulbright Fellowships, two SRC Fellowships and various named chairs. He is on the editorial boards of numerous journals related to design science, computer-aided design, artificial intelligence and knowledge engineering and is the chair of the international conference series Artificial Intelligence in Design, the conference series Design Computing and Cognition and the international conference series Computational and Cognitive Models of Creative Design.

Dr. Gero is also an international consultant in the fields of design research, design cognition, computer-aided design, artificial intelligence in design and technology policy.

Dr. Gero is the author, editor or co-editor of 50 books and over 650 published research papers and book chapters. View a full list of Dr. Gero’s publications and writings on his personal webpage, where they are sorted by year.

View a list of Dr. Gero’s previous and current conferences here on his personal webpage.

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