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Dr Kirsty Kitto
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Cognitive Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Information Systems
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PhD (Flinders University of SA), BCompSci (Flinders University of SA), BSc (Flinders University of SA), BA (Flinders University of SA)


Cognitive Science, Complex Systems Science, Contextuality, Emergence, Quantum Interaction, Learning Analytics

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Kirsty Kitto models the many ways in which humans interact with information, and how this can change as a result of the different contexts in which people find themselves. She is working towards providing unified mathematical and computational models of contextuality, which often results in apparently complex and unpredictable human behaviour. During 2010-2012 she was supported by a prestigous ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship for a Discovery Project investigating this problem: DP1094974: Generalised quantum models of complexity with application to cognitive systems. A number of papers resulting from this grant are listed on her Publications tab, and more are available on her eprints page:,_Kirsty.html She has collaborated on projects with people from a wide range of fields, including Physics, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Social Psychology, Education and Computational Linguistics. For example, in 2010-2012 she was an Investigator on an European FP7 Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (QONTEXT Quantum Theory of Context Representation for Information Access and Retrieval), which brought together physicists and experts in information retrieval to work on the problem of incorporating contextual models into models of information access and retrieval. She publishes papers in journals covering fields such as Complex Systems Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology and Computer Science.

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Awards and recognition

Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
DP1094974, APD (2010-12) "Generalised quantum models of complexity with application to cognitive systems" Dr KJ Kitto (APD); Prof PD Bruza

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Enabling Connected Learning Via Open Source Analytics in the Wild: Learning Analytics Beyond the Learning Management System
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Connected Learning; Semantic Technologies; xAPI; Social Learning Analytics; Mathematical Modelling
Generalised Quantum Models of Complexity with Application to Cognitive Systems
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Start year
Complex Systems; Contextuality; Systems Modelling; Nonseparable Systems