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

My research increases the resilience of critical infrastructures. Most of my work focuses on Air Traffic Management software; I have advised a wide range of ATM companies including Frequentis (Austria), DFS (Germany), LVNL (Netherlands), Skyguide (Switzerland) and Thales (UK) in 2014. I am the software specialist on the SESAR scientific board advising the European Commission on the future of Air Traffic Management.

Another strand of my work focuses of the interactions between safety and security - for example, developing techniques so that we can safely close down a civil nuclear reactor even after malware has been detected. I've also worked on understanding space mission failures with NASA, the European Space Agency and the US Air Force.

In my spare time, I'm an SRU level one rugby coach with the West of Scotland juniors.


Give a keynote at SSS'16.Why We Cannot (Yet) Ensure the Cybersecurity of Safety-Critical Systems

Giving a keynote at the Australian System Safety Conference and at High Integrity Software 2015.
Gave a keynote on the cybersecurity of Nuclear and Aviation supply chains.
Giving invited talk at the French National Aviation University (ENAC).

Best paper award from the International Systems Safety Society Conference.
Working on cyber-security of UK civil nuclear reactor programme with EDF and the CINIF industry body.
External advisor on Cyber-Security to the EC SESAR JU.



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 helped to chair the Scientific Advisory Committee for Europe's air traffic modernisation programme (SESAR). I have chaired funding panels, reviewed proposals etc for the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Danish Councils for Independent Research, Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, European Commission (H2020 evaluator, FP7 assessor), Foundation for Polish Science (2010), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Enterprise Ireland, UK EPSRC, MRC, ESRC as well as the US NSF, The Carnegie Trust, L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science, and Canadian WorkSafeBC.

    I am giving or have given recent invited talks at:

    Together with Paul Casely (DSTL), I am technical co-chair for the IET International Conference on System Safety 2007-2015 and 2015 Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems (ATACCS'2015). I was co-chair for ACM HCI Aero 2014. I have served on a number of recent conference organising committees. I am on the programme committees for the following:


    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,