C. Richard (Rick) Johnson, Jr. is the Fellow in Computational Arts and Humanities at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, as well as the Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977 along with a Ph.D. minor in Art History. He has been on the Cornell University faculty since 1981 and joined Cornell Tech in 2016.
The focus of his scholarship for the past decade has been the emerging area of computational art history. He and his collaborators at museums and universities in the US and Europe are applying image processing to the matching of manufactured patterns in art supports, specifically canvas and paper, to assist in dating and authentication. Since 2013, Rick has served as a Scientific Researcher of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) and as Computational Art History Advisor to the Netherlands Institute for Art History (the Hague). He was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Paris in 2005 and is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.