Complex cognitive systems in the information sciences

For my first blog entry I thought I would start by saying how much I’m looking forward to using this blog to review and discuss interesting research findings from the information sciences and systems sciences research communities, and talk a bit about how these findings relate to information flow within organizations. I think it will also be a great place to talk about ongoing CISRI (Cogniva Information Science Research Institute) research projects, and how they might be relevant to this larger discussion. I’m sure my fellow CISRI research bloggers will also have a lot of interesting things to say on these on these topics.


My own background as a researcher is in modelling complex cognitive systems, focusing on the role that information plays in shaping the behaviour of these systems. I find this to be a highly interdisciplinary area of research, with relevant work taking place within information science, cognitive science, biology, sociology, organizational and business theory, complex systems studies and economics, to name a few of the major research areas. In turn, research findings from these areas then flow back into applied research relating to the design and management of information systems, organizational design and management and human-computer interfaces. With both fundamental and applied research opportunities, I think it’s a pretty exciting field to be in- and one that’s only getting more so as technology begins to reflect and implement what information science discovers.

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About Jennifer Schellinck

Jen Schellinck is the Director of Modelling Methodology at Cogniva and an Adjunct Professor with the Carleton Institute of Cognitive Science. Her research focuses on the way that the information flow through complex cognitive systems influences their behaviour. From a methodology perspective, she prefers to use a combination of computer modelling and experimental research to generate and then test theories. She is also interested in the application of these results to information management and organizational design. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of both information science and cognitive science, outside of her specific research interest she is concerned with developing strategies for research across scientific disciplines and questions of scientific methodology more generally. At CISRI she is involved with the ‘Information flow within organizations’ research streams.

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