Portrait of Paul Johns

Paul Johns

Senior Research Software Development Engineer


Paul Johns is a Senior Research Software Design Engineer in the Human Centered Computer Research Area,  focusing on non-traditional interfaces.    His current emphasis is on sensing, wearables, tangibles, and interfacing with biological systems.   His passion is building applications that demonstrate cool new ideas and concepts that blend the worlds of art, science, and technology.   You can find him working on desktop and mobile device applications, microcontrollers, or services in the cloud.   His work has also included studying the relationships between emotion, health, and work habits.



Established: June 1, 2016

FoodFutures is a triad of Art, Science, and Technology that speculates on the future of our food production, consumption, and distribution models by 2050. This exhibition was inspired by the notion that humans and plants could communicate to one another through enhanced sensing capabilities, and features a live broadcasting aquaponics and hydroponics system that is monitored by sensors and cameras to relay real-time tank and health analytics. We believe that the future of food will be supported…


Established: June 1, 2015

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication. DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewelry-like temporary tattoos to create on-skin devices which resemble jewelry. DuoSkin devices enable users to control…

Productivity and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Established: January 1, 2012

As a leader in the productivity tools space, Microsoft is well positioned to make positive impact on people's well being by designing tools to encourage healthier life styles that also positively affect productivity and lower stress. Our team of researchers has been investigating how online and offline social interactions of information workers affect their productivity and sense of wellbeing. We have also looked at patterns of sleep, diet and exercise and overall healthiness as well as…