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About Jens G. Pohl

Professor Pohl was born in Germany and immigrated with his family to Australia at the age of 11. He received his formal education in Australia with degrees in Architecture and Architectural Science: B.Arch. (University of Melbourne, 1965) M.Bdg.Sc. and Ph.D. (University of Sydney 1967 and 1970, respectively). Dr. Pohl taught in the School of Building at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, until the end of 1972 and then left for the US where he was appointed to the position of Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly. Following several years of research and consulting activities in the areas of building support services and information systems, Dr. Pohl’s research focus during the past 20 years has centered on the application of distributed artificial intelligence methodologies to decision-support systems in military command and control, logistical planning and engineering design, and more recently in homeland security.
Under his direction the CADRC Center at Cal Poly has over the past decade developed and implemented a significant number of distributed computing applications in which multiple computer-based and human agents collaborate in the solution of complex problems. Foremost among these are the ICDM (Integrated Cooperative Decision Model) and TIRAC&#; (Toolkit for Information Representation and Agent Collaboration) frameworks, which have been applied to engineering and architectural design (industry sponsorship: ICADS - 1986 to 1991), energy conservation (US Dept. of Energy sponsorship: AEDOT - 1992 to 1993), logistical planning (USTRANSCOM and US Army (SDDC) sponsorship: ICODES - 1993 to present, TRANSWAY 2004 to present), military mission planning (US Marine Corps (MCWL and MARCORSYSCOM) sponsorship: FEAT, FEAT4 and IMMACCS - 1994 to present), and facilities management (US Navy (ONR) sponsorship: CIAT, SEAWAY, and SILS - 1996 to present).
Since 1993 Dr. Pohl has directed the design, development and implementation of the Integrated Computerized Deployment System (ICODES) under the sponsorship of the Army’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). In 1996 ICODES was selected as the ‘migration system’ for ship load-planning by the Joint Transportation CIM Center (JTCC) of USTRANSCOM. Initially designed for Army requirements, ICODES has since been adapted to also accommodate the specific embarkation needs of the Marine Corps within DoD’s concept of a Joint Deployment Community.
Dr. Pohl is the author of two patents (US), several books, and more than 80 research papers covering several research areas, including: artificial intelligence; human cognition; collaborative problem solving and decision making; engineering design; and, systems integration. He is a Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, and was awarded on honorary doctorate by the Institute in August, 1998, during the InterSymp-98 conference held in Baden-Baden, Germany. Dr. Pohl is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Building, and a member of IEEE.


Present Professor Emeritus, Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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