Dr. Jens Pohl holds the positions of Professor of Architecture, Executive Director of the Collaborative Agent Design Research Center (CADRC), and Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Architecture Department of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, California, US.
Professor Pohl 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). He 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 today lies in the application of distributed artificial intelligence methodologies to decision-support systems in engineering design, logistical planning, and military command and control. Under his direction, the CADRC at Cal Poly has over the past 20 years developed and implemented a number of distributed computing applications in which multiple computer-based and human agents collaborate in the solution of complex problems.
Professor Pohl is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building, a Member of the American Institute of Constructors, and a member of IEEE. He is a licensed architect in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.
Dr. Pohl is the author of two patents (US), several books, and more that 80 research papers. He is a Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Institute in August, 1998, during the InterSymp-98 conference held in Baden-Baden, Germany.