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

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the British Computing Society.

I coordinate Government and Policy consultations for UK Computing Research, (UKCRC).

I am also a member of UKRI/EPSRC ICT Strategic Advisory Team.

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. Here are some videos introducing my work.

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 am an enthusiastic runner.


Keynote for the Joint 30th European Safety and Reliability Conference and 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference in Venice, Italy.
Keynote for the Australian Safety-Critical Systems Association Symposium 2020.
Keynote for International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety and Flight Ops Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan
Invited talk for NHS Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
Supporting Foreign and Commonwealth delegation to Oman on cyber security in critical infrastructures.
Review of cyber security for Austrian Air Traffic Management.

Keynote for United Nations/ICAO 4th International Accident Investigators Forum, Singapore.
Keynote on Aviation Cyber Security for Swedish Government Transportstyrelsen.
Invited talks on the NIS Directive and on Socio-Technical Cyber Security at the NCSC CyberUK, Glasgow.
Invited talk for the Armee Suisse Cyber Defence Forum.
Invited talk to NATO/EUROCONTROL ATM Security Coordinating Group (NEASCOG).
Supporting USAF Safety Centre, Kirtland AFB on the use of safety-cases for high assurance applications.
Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt visits my lab to speak on Deterence in Cyber Age, BBC coverage, Guardian, Telegraph etc.
Appeared at UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology Cybersecurity policy and the digital economy.
Review of cyber security for Belgian Air Traffic Management.
Panelist on the Naked Scientist, part of the Edinburgh Science Festival.


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


Selected 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, GCHQ, 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, a BCS accreditor and and have taught:

    Prof. Chris Johnson, DPhil, MSc, MA, FRSE, FRAeS, 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,