W. Lewis Johnson
Dr. Johnson is the Director of the
Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education
at the USC / Information Sciences Institute.
His interests center on the use of artificial intelligence and
human-computer interaction in
education and lifelong learning. He leads several projects in this
He is also co-principal investigator in the following projects:
- The Electronic
Learning project is developing technologies for developing and
delivering on-line higher education courses, in collaboration with the
USC Distance Education Network.
The Automated Distance
Education (ADE) project is developing a Web-based pedagogical
agent named Adele that provides instruction in the context of case-based learning
modules. We are applying this work to medical education. We are also
engaged in a number of activities aimed at the incorporation of
electronic learning technologies and innovative curricula in higher education.
The Parent Ed project is developing an interactive pedagogical drama
aimed at training mothers of pediatric cancer patients to develop
problem solving skills. This project is being conducted in
collaboration with a consortium of clinical cancer centers.
The IMPACT project is developing an interactive pedagogical drama
designed to help elementary school children learn better diet and
exercise habits. This is being conducted in collaboration with the
USC Institute for Prevention Research.
- The Steve
project is developing an autonomous
pedagogical agent named Steve that provides training in virtual
environments, both in individual and team settings.
- The Virtual Factory Teaching
System project is developing a collaborative simulation
environment for learning factory management methods, guided by
Dr. Johnson is a Senior Project Leader at
USC / Information Sciences Institute
and Research Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC).
Lewis Johnson received his A.B. degree in Linguistics in 1978 from
Princeton University, and his Ph.D. degrees in Computer
secretary and past president of the
Artificial Intelligence in Education Society,
associate editor of the
Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems,
program co-chair First
International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems,
and program co-chair of the Intelligent User Interfaces conference.
When not working with computers, Lewis sings professionally in concert
and on stage. He is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists
and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. His wife Kim
and he produce and sell 100% Kona Coffee on their coffee farm in Hawaii.
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