Emmanuel Johnson

Postdoc at USC & CTO of Antares Diamonds

North Carolina A&T, B.S. in Computer Engineering
University of Birmingham, M.Sc. in Robotics
University of Southern California, M.S. in Computer Science
University of Southern California, Ph.D. in Computer Science

Emmanuel Johnson is National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow completing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. His research looks at building autonomous systems for teaching soft skills, specifically negotiation. His work has been published in many of the leading Artificial Intelligence conferences and journals. He is also the CTO of Antares Diamonds, a company commercializing traceable artisanal and small-scale mined diamonds with social impact for global ethical consumers.

Emmanuel earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina A&T, where he graduated summa cum laude. After A&T, Emmanuel completed a Master’s in Robotics at the University of Birmingham in England. He has worked at some of the world’s leading research institutions, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Intel Labs, and The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan.

Emmanuel has been recognized by various organizations for his excellence in the sciences as well as his leadership. Some of his awards include the 2009 Carter G. Woodson National Recognition Symposium Man of the Year Award, The Association of North Carolina Alpha Men College Brother with the Highest GPA Award, North Carolina A&T Outstanding Engineering Student Award, The New Brunswick Education Foundation Spirit Award, and the first Fulbright Fellowship awarded to a North Carolina A&T student. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and the Association for Computing Machinery.


What are you most proud of in your work or life?

Completing my PhD as a first-generation college student

What are your passions and hobbies?

Reading and watching movies

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

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