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Iris van Rooij
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Iris van Rooij is Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and leads the Computational Cognitive Science group at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour.


She received her Masters degree in Experimental Psychology at Radboud University in 1998 and her PhD degree in Cognitive Psychology at University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada in 2003. From 2003-2007 she worked at the Department of Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; first as a postdoctoral fellow and later as Assistant Professor. She moved back to her Alma Mater, Radboud University, in 2007.  


Her interests span the cognitive sciences, including psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience. One of her aims is to strengthen the theoretical foundations of computational explanations in cognitive science. Her approach is characterized by the use of conceptual analysis, computational and formal modeling, computational complexity analysis, and simulations. She has co-authored a book, ‘Cognition & Intractability’, about how complexity theoretic tools can be used to study how computational explanations can scale from toy scenarios studied in the lab to scenarios of real-world complexity (in press, to appear April 2019).



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Iris van Rooij
School of Psychology & Artificial Intelligence
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Centre for Cognition
Radboud University Nijmegen
Montessorilaan 3, 6525 HR Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)24 3612645
Fax: +31 (0)24 3616066


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