C. Richard Johnson,
Jr. was born in Macon, GA in 1950.
He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University,
along with the first PhD minor in Art History granted by Stanford,
Following 4 years on the faculty at Virginia Tech,
he joined the Cornell University faculty in 1981, where
he is the Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior
Professor of Engineering and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.
At the start of 2007,
after 30 years of research on adaptive feedback
systems theory and blind equalization
in communication receivers, Professor Johnson
accepted a 5-year appointment as an Adjunct
Research Fellow of the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, the
Netherlands) to facilitate the interaction of art historians
and conservation specialists with algorithm-building signal processors.
In 2013, Professor Johnson was appointed a Scientific Researcher
of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
and Computational Art History Advisor
to the RKD - Netherlands Institute for
Art History (the Hague, the Netherlands).
Professor Johnson founded the Thread Count Automation
in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in 2007,
the Historic Photographic Paper Classification
in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art
in 2010, launched the Chain Line Pattern
Project with the Morgan Library & Museum
in 2012, with
the Rijksmuseum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
joining the project in 2013, and the Dutch University Institute
for Art History joining in 2014, and created the project
on Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings
) in collaboration with
Erik Hinterding (Rijksmuseum) and Andy Weislogel (Herbert F.
Johnson Museum of Art) in 2015.
At the start of 2016, Professor Johnson took up residence at the
Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech as the
Jacobs Fellow in Computational Arts and Humanities.
For an overview of
Professor Johnson's research activities in
computational art history read year-end research reports for
or the interview
in the inaugural issue in 2015 of
the International Journal for Digital Art History
Professor Johnson's efforts in computational art history
have been supported in part by
the National Science Foundation (Grant CCF-1048352,
"Counting Van Gogh and Vermeer"), the Nederlandse Organisatie voor
Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Grant 040.11.228), the Samuel
H. Kress Foundation
(``Injecting Signal Processing in the Conservation Curriculum'''),
(Amsterdam, the Netherlands), the Van Gogh Museum
(Amsterdam, the Netherlands), the Museum of Modern Art
(New York, NY, USA), the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische
(the Hague, the Netherlands), and gifts to
Cornell University by Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick, Stephen H. Weiss,
and David and Miriam Donoho.