Professor John S Gero

Research Professor
Department of Computer Science and
School of Architecture
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Research Professor
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

George Mason University

Formerly Professor of Design Science and
Co-Director, Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition
, University of Sydney




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 organizations more
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 representations

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

Positions Available

Doctoral Studentships

Former Research Students


New International Journal Design Science

The aim of Design Science is to serve as the archival venue of science-based design knowledge across multiple disciplines. Design Science will publish original quantitative and qualitative research in the creation of artifacts and systems, and their embedding in our physical, virtual, psychological, economic, and social environment. The fields contributing to Design Science include: architecture; behavioral, social and cognitive sciences; life and health sciences; business; computer and information science; engineering; industrial design; and organizational and management science.

Design Science is a gold open access journal published by Cambridge University Press in association with the Design Society.

Current Conferences

  • Eighth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition - DCC'18 : 2–4 July 2018, Lecco (Milan), Italy – details to come
  • International Workshop on Studying Designers, date to be finalised, France


Author, editor or co-editor of 50 books and over 650 published research papers and book chapters.

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Short CV

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.

Current and recent research funding has been from the NSF (CMMI, CNS, EEC, IIS and SBE Programs), DARPA and NASA.

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.

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