Matthew Johnson

Research Scientist

Dr. Matthew Johnson is a research scientist in the area of human-machine teaming for technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, software agents, and autonomous vehicles, in a variety of domains including disaster response, space applications, aviation, and military operations.

Matt came to IHMC out of the military, where he served as a naval aviator, flying both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Matt continued in the Navy Reserves retiring after 20 years of service. Matt obtained his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (go Irish!) prior to entering the Navy. He obtained a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi while on active duty. Matt completed his Ph.D. from Delft University in the Netherlands; his thesis proposed a new approach to human-machine system design called Coactive Design.

In addition to his research, Matt is currently organizing internal collaboration forums to foster more interdisciplinary work within IHMC. He is also the IHMC coordinator for the joint UWF/IHMC PhD program on Intelligent Systems and Robotics and is a UWF Director of Research Professor advising PhD students in the program.

Matt has been a researcher with IHMC since 2002. Matt is passionate about making technology more flexible, resilient, and effective, through human-machine teamwork. His research areas include human-machine teaming, human-machine system design, human-centered computing, human-machine interface design, and multi-robot control. Currently Matt is involved in several projects:

Current Projects:

Previous Projects:

Presentations available on the web:

03/26/2021 – NASA presentation titled “The Unseen m:N Challenge” as part of the NASA m:N working Group
NASA webinar titled “Automation Myths and Human-Machine Teaming Virtues

Recent Invited Talks:

  • 10 NOV 2022: SCSP-RUSI Human-Machine Collaboration and Teaming “Current and Future Capabilities”
  • 31 OCT 2022: Expert Workshop on the Responsible Use of AI in Military Systems
  • 13 SEP 2022: DARPA Forward – Advancing the Horizons of National Security- “Systems of Autonomy”

Additional Qualifications:

  • Commercial Pilot Ratings
    • Airplane Single Engine Land
    • Rotorcraft-Helicopter
    • Instrument Airplane and Helicopter
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

You can find Dr. Johnson’s CV here.

Outside Interests
When not working on robots for IHMC he enjoys time with his family, playing soccer, traveling, and supporting the Children of Christ Home orphanage in Galette Chambon, Haiti. Matt also developed and maintains medical record software for the medical clinic adjacent to the orphanage. This software is now in two different clinics in Haiti, one in Uganda and another in Liberia.