Scientific Frameworks – Software + Services for Engineers


December 9, 2008


Steven Johnson, Simon Cox, Kenji Takeda, and Phillip Marsh



Steven Johnson, Simon Cox, Kenji Takeda, and Phillip Marsh

Named by Newsweek as one of the “50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet,” Steven Johnson, 33, is the author of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software. He is the co-founder of FEED (, and the author of the 1997 book Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms The Way We Create and Communicate. Johnson’s work has also appeared on the op-ed page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Lingua Franca, Harper’s, The Nation and the London Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Simon J. Cox is Professor of Computational Methods in the Computational Engineering Design Research Group (CED) Group within the School of Engineering Sciences (SES), which was awarded a grade 5* in the 2001 national assessment of research in UK universities. He is technical director of the Southampton Regional e-Science Centre. He has a doctorate in Electronics and Computer Science, first class degrees in Maths and Physics and currently holds over £6M in research grants and industrial sponsorship (funding from EPSRC, DTI, NERC, BBRSC, Microsoft, and Intel). He has published over 60 papers and regularly speaks at prestigious conferences.

He currently heads a team of 30 PGs and RAs in the CED Group that is applying and developing high performance computing in a variety of collaborative interdisciplinary computational science and engineering projects. These include computational electromagnetics (which has led to a successful spin-off company), applied computational algorithms, commercial distributed computing, and the Grid /e-Science (applying large-scale databases in science and engineering; web services/ W3C protocols; and Globus / Condor). He was involved for over 4 years with the Soton HPC Initiative Centre and recently led the technical procurement for the University’s new 500 node supercomputer. He is currently PI for the £2.8M EPSRC e-Science application testbed project “Grid Enabled Optimisation and Design Search (Geodise)”, which involves the Universities of Southampton, Oxford and Manchester along with seven industrial collaborators. He has international research collaborations with the University of Wisconsin (developers of Condor). He sits on the EPSRC Technology Watch Panel, UK DTI IAP Grid task force, Microsoft UK Strategic Architect’s Forum, and on the Applications Working Group of the Global Grid Forum.