LibPositives Spotlight of the Week Emmanuel Johnson

LibPositives Spotlight present Emmanuel Johnson

Emmanuel Johnson is a Liberian-born and New Jersey-raised computer scientist currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Southern California through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. is program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. is PhD work focuses on using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to help people improve their interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. Specifically, he’s interested in how automated systems can be used to improve negotiation training. His work has been published in many of the leading AI conferences and journals. You can find out more about his work on his personal website and

Prior to his PhD, Emmanuel completed a Masters in Robotics at the University of Birmingham in England through a Fulbright Fellowship. he Fulbright Program is considered to be one of the most widely recognized and prestigious scholarships in the world, providing grants annually for students to undertake graduate study. Emmanuel also holds an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from North Carolina A&T where he graduated summa cum laude. 

Through various internships, co-ops, and other employment opportunities, he has worked at many of the world’s leading research institutions, including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Intel Research, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (IST). At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Emmanuel worked on a system to control robotic astronauts sent to space. At Intel Research lab, he worked on brain-inspired computer hardware for running AI systems, and at AIST in Japan, he worked on expanding the speech capabilities of one of the first humanlike robots called the Geminoid F.

Emmanuel has been recognized by various organizations and institutions for his excellence in the sciences as well as his leadership abilities. Some of his awards include the 2009 Carter G. Woodson National Recognition Symposium Man of the Year Award, the Association of North Carolina Alphamen College Brother with the Highest GPA, North Carolina A&T Outstanding Engineering Student Award, New Brunswick Education Foundation Spirit Award, Intel Scholarship, General Mills Scholarship, and many more.

Emmanuel is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and the Association for Computing Machinery. Emmanuel hopes to aid in the introduction and integration of AI techniques and automation into Liberia. He believes this can help in the development of Liberia’s education system and the quality of life for the Liberian people.