Member Infromation



Surname: GERO

Given name: John

Contact (E-mail address, Web site)

E-mail: john[a_t]



Position: Research Professor

Organization: Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Address: George Mason University, VA

Country: USA


computational creativity cognition of creativity cognitive neuroscience of designing and creativity

Research Interests Cognitive studies of designing: protocol studies of designing; role of drawings in designing

Cognitive neuroscience of designing: the behaviour of the brain while designing

Computational models of creative design: evolutionary systems; analogy; emergence; situated agents

Evolutionary systems in design: genetic engineering; style emergence, complex evolution

Ontologies: the development of the Function-Structure-Behaviour ontology and its application to designing,to designed objects and to designing processes

Situated design computing: computation founded on situated cognition concepts that allows the acquisition and re-use of experience

Visual representation and reasoning: emergence in design; shape representation; qualitative representations

Selected Publications

  • Gero, J. S. and Fujii, H. (2000) A computational framework for concept formation in a situated design agent, Knowledge-Based Systems 13(6): 361-368.
  • Gero, JS and Kazakov, V (2001) A genetic engineering extension to genetic algorithms, Evolutionary Systems 9(1): 71-92
  • Kan, J and Gero, JS (2007) Acquiring information from linkography in protocol studies of designers, Design Studies (to appear)
  • Saunders, R and Gero, JS (2002) How to study artificial creativity, in T Hewett and T Kavanagh (eds), Creativity and Cognition 2002, ACM Press, New York, NY, pp. 80-87.
  • Smith, G and Gero, JS (2005) What does an agent mean by being "situated"? Design Studies 26: 535-561.