Chris Johnson
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I'm Professor and Head of Computing Science at Glasgow University.

The main focus for my research is at the interface between safety and security - for example, developing techniques so that we can continue to ensure safety while gathering forensic evidence in the aftermath of a cyber-attack:

I have advised a wide range of companies including EDF (UK), DFS (Germany), Frequentis (Austria), LVNL (Netherlands), Skyguide (Switzerland) and Thales (UK). In my spare time, I'm an SRU level one rugby coach with the West of Scotland juniors.


Keynote at the AIAA IEEE 37th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC).
International Keynote for the US Systems Safety Society.
Invited Keynote at Royal Aeronautical Society Exploitation of Electronic Data in Airworthiness and Maintenance
Keynote at Reykyavik Flight Safety Forum.
Keynote on Safety Critical Cybersecurity at 20th International Information Security Conference, ISMS, Spain.
Invited talk on Cyber Security at 2018 Singapore Air Show.
Opening keynote for Munich Airport's new Information Security Hub Offence in Aviation Cyber Security.
Panel chair for joint Dutch (NWO) - US (Dept of Homeland Security) research programme on cybersecurity.
Member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team (SAT)
Technical lead with Matt Shreeve on Department of Transport review of data inter-dependencies in UK aviation.
Working on the cyber-security of UK civil nuclear reactor programme with EDF and the CINIF industry body.
Keynote for the UK Safety-Critical Systems Symposium with Martin Sablotny.
Member of the UK British Standards Institute PAS Group on Cybersecurity for Automotive Systems.
Steering Group member of the UK Govt National Cyber Security Centre Industrial Control System CoI.

Advisor to UK Government on cyber security in energy (BEIS).
Reappointed to the EC Scientific Advisory Board on the Future of Air Traffic Management (SJU).
Invited talk to Ecole nationale superieure d'electrotechnique, d'electronique, d'informatique, d'hydraulique et des telecommunications.
Invited talk to UN ICAO Summit on Cyber Security in Aviation, Dubai and ICAO/GANIS2, Montreal.
Invited talk to the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Chair of the IET conference on Cyber Security and Systems Safety.
Working on UK UK Department of Transport review of response plans for recovery from cyber incidents.
Elected to the UK Computing Research Committee.
Chaired the first IET Conference on Cyber Defence.


I am a member of the Systems Section within the School of Computing Science.


Recent papers:

I help to edit:
  • Journal of Aerospace Operations,
  • Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making,
  • IMechE's new Journal of Risk and Reliability,
  • I have chaired funding panels, reviewed proposals etc for Canada's WorkSafeBC, Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Danish Councils for Independent Research, Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, Dutch NWO- US Department of Homeland Security-Cyber Security Programme, European Commission (H2020 evaluator, FP7 assessor, SJU, REA), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Enterprise Ireland, the Latvian Council of Science, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Research Council of Norway and the Foundation for Polish Science. In the UK for EPSRC, MRC, ESRC as well as the US NSF, The Carnegie Trust, L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science, the Royal Society.

    Together with Paul Casely (DSTL), I am technical co-chair for the IET International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security 2007-present.


    I have been a judge for the UK Distinguished Dissertations in Computing Science. I was head of our Teaching Committee and chaired the Board of Studies across our Undergraduate and M.Sc. programmes. I was nominated by my students for one of the Prizes for Excellent Teachers.

    I am an external examiner and have taught:

    Prof. Chris Johnson, DPhil, MSc, MA, FBCS, CEng, CITP, Room S162, School of Computing Science, Univ. of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8RZ, Scotland.
    Tel: +44 141 330 6053, Fax: +44 141 330 4913,