Inaugural Director of the Complex Human Data Initiative

The School is delighted to announce that Professor Simon Dennis has accepted an offer to become the Director of the School's new Complex Human Data initiative. Professor Dennis is currently Professor and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. After completing his PhD in psychology and computer science at the University of Queensland in 1994, he held academic appointments at that university as well as the Universities of Colorado and Adelaide before joining the Ohio State University in 2007. During his time at OSU Professor Dennis served a period as Director of its Center for Cognitive Science before moving back to the University of Newcastle in 2013.

Professor Dennis is a leading expert in the study of human memory, verbal cognition and computational linguistics. He has conducted influential experimental work on episodic memory, computational modelling of memory processes, and analyses of large scale linguistic corpora. This work has generated substantial nationally competitive and defense industry funding, and has also had applications in neuroscience, psychiatry, and human-computer interaction.

Professor Dennis's research has been influential, highly collaborative and deeply engaged. He is ideally placed to lead our new initiative, to develop strategic research capacity within the School's already strong group of quantitative and computational psychologists, and to grow links outside the School to external partners and other academic units. We look forward to him joining us in August 2017, by which time we expect to have appointed an equally excellent Deputy Director.