Dr Dirk Van Rooy

Senior Lecturer
Building 39, Room 219
 612 52038

Profile

Qualifications

PhD

Biography

Dirk Van Rooy received a PhD in social  computational psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He subsequently worked at the Applied Cognitive Science Lab at The School of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University (USA) where his research focused on AI, HCI and user modelling. After that, he moved to the UK – first at the University of Keele, subsequently in the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Group up at the University of Birmingham. He moved to the ANU in December 2007.

Social connectionism and behavioural modeling lab:  https://sites.google.com/site/dvanrooywebsite/

Research

Research interests

My research focuses on the theoretical analysis of social psychological processes through the means of quantitative analysis and computational simulation. Particular interests include: Social connectionism, agent-based modelling, statistical modelling of (social) learning and decision making and distributed cognition.  I am also doing research into user models in HCI, and social factors in the design of software systems.

Social connectionism and behavioural modeling lab: https://sites.google.com/site/dvanrooywebsite/

Grants

2013 StatTree: an interactive decision tree mobile application to guide students' statistical decision making. Funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching, $161,000. Together with Mr Peter Allen (Project Leader), Dr Lynne Roberts, Dr Frank Baughman, Dr Adam Rock, Dr Natalie Loxton

2013 Attitudes towards biotechnology. Funded by The Defence Science and Technology Organization of the Department of Defence, $52,017.52. Together with Dr Boris Bizumic and Conal Monaghan.

2012 An in-depth analysis of organizational identification of ECR academics at the ANU.  Funded by the ANU Gender Institute. $5000.

Projects

Principal investigator

Publications

  • Illusory correlation, group size and memory (in press). Van Rooy, D., Van Hoomissen, T. & Van Overwalle F. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 
  • Van Rooy, D. (2012). A connectionist ABM of social categorization processes. Advances in Complex Systems. Volume 15, Issue 06.
  • Teh, C, Baniassad, E, Van Rooy, D et al. (2012).  Social Psychology and Software Teams: A Preliminary Look at Establishing Task-Effective Group Norms, IEEE Software, vol. Online 6 Dec 2011, p. 7. 
  • Van Rooy, D. (2009). Modeling dynamic, multi-directional influences in social networks. In B. Anderssen et al. (eds). MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 13-17 July 2009, Cairns, Australia. pp. 74-80.
  • Teh, A., Boughton, C and Van Rooy D (2009). Augmenting Software Engineering Management Tools with Empirical Human-Centered Data. Asia-pacific software engineering conference (APSEC), 1-3 December 2009, Penang, Malaysia..
  • Van Rooy, D., Van Overwalle, F., Vanhoomissen, T., Labiouse, C & French, R. (2007). Person and group impression formation (Chapter 8).  In F. Van Overwalle (Ed.), Social Connectionism: A Reader and Handbook for Simulations.
  • Van Overwalle, F., & Van Rooy, D. (2007). When More Observations are Better Than Less: A Connectionist Account of the Acquisition of Causal Strength.  In F. Van Overwalle (Ed.), Social Connectionism: A Reader and Handbook for Simulations.
  • Van Overwalle, F., & Van Rooy, D. (2007). Causal attribution.  In F. Van Overwalle (Ed.), Social Connectionism: A Reader and Handbook for Simulations.
  • Ritter, F., Van Rooy, D. & St. Amant, R. (2006). Providing user models with direct access to computer interfaces: An exploratory study of a simple human-robot interface.  IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics: Part A, Systems and Humans.
  • Van Rooy, D. (2005). Modeling socially shared cognition.  The Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour Quarterly, issue 119.
  • Van Rooy, D., Van Overwalle, F., Vanhoomissen, T., Labiouse, C & French, R. (2003). A recurrent connectionist model of group biases. Psychological Review, 110, 536-563.

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