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Thu, 22 Apr


78 Murray Street, Perth WA, Australia

An Introduction to Computational & Cognitive Modelling

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An Introduction to Computational & Cognitive Modelling
An Introduction to Computational & Cognitive Modelling

Time & Location

22 Apr 2021, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

78 Murray Street, Perth WA, Australia

About the Event

Computational and cognitive modelling refers to a broad class of statistical methods that involve algorithmic or mathematical descriptions of a particular process or phenomena.

Typically implemented in computer code, computational models allow researchers to create representations of complex systems and better understand the exact processes underlying phenomena of interest (Weinhardt & Vancouver, 2012). Computational modelling plays an important role in the development of rigorous formal theories. When compared with conventional approaches, it can help researchers to explain their data in new and more theoretically principled ways, and can generate new insights about human behaviour and organisational dynamics.

This workshop will introduce participants to the foundations of computational modelling, and provide exposure to many of the key concepts, including types of model, model formulation, parameter estimation, evaluating model accuracy, and simulations. Real-world examples will be provided at various stages in the presentation. The remainder of the session will be open for informal discussion and questions that people may have in their own research projects or areas.

Participants will leave with a foundational knowledge of computational modelling, and an understanding of how to interpret papers involving modelling.

This workshop is suited to individuals with no prior experience in advanced modelling techniques.

About the Speakers:

  • Dr Michael David Wilson is a Forrest Prospect Fellow at the Curtin Future of Work Institute and holds a PhD in Human Factors Psychology from UWA. His research focuses on applying computational methods to safety-critical industries to improve human performance. He has a particular interest in hierarchical and dynamic models of mental processes.
  • Dr Luke Strickland is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Curtin Future of Work Institute. His research spans cognitive science, human factors, and quantitative methods. He has a   particular interest in building process models of human decision making, and applying them to understand performance in the workplace.


RSVP to Diane Garnham is essential (

  • In person: Curtin Graduate School of Business P01.212:LT
  • Online: Online attendance will be via WebEx. The link will be emailed the day prior to the event.

About the Future of Work Institute (FOWI) Academy

​The FOWI Academy is an informal program of learning, designed for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) within the domains of Management, Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour. People from other disciplines and all career stages are welcome to join at any stage. For more information, click here.

About the Future of Work Institute

The Future of Work Institute promotes productive and meaningful work as an essential foundation of a healthy economy and society. The Institute is located within the Curtin Business School at Curtin University. For more information, click here.

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