About

 

I have a PhD in philosophy and graduate certificate in cognitive science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. I am a Research Fellow in Robotics and Autonomous Systems in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Research Associate for the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I am Chief Investigator building and evaluating a strategic decision support system for evidence-based innovation for a global online travel agency. I am a member of the Leadership team of the IntelliSensing Enabling Platform and a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive decision science for the Institute for Future Environments, QUT. I research the ethics and rationality of autonomous and decision support systems.

I hold a First Class Honours degree in the History and Philosophy of Science and major in Psychology from the University of Melbourne where I specialised in the cognitive science of statistical decision-making. I hold a PhD in Philosophy and Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. My PhD constructed a new cognitive model of decision-making combining Bayesian rationality and empirically grounded virtue epistemology.

My research focuses on cognitive decision science, ethics of technology, rationality and data epistemology. Areas of interest include barriers to the adoption of digital agricultural technologies, the trustworthiness of autonomous systems and implementing Bayesian rationality with social media UX design. I create cognitive models for informed decision-making across a broad range of contexts and industry applications.

I have had a varied career including managing my own media and podcasting business and working as an Academic Skills Advisor for QUT library 2009-2016.

In 2014, I was a Transformational Learning and Teaching Fellow (Learning and Teaching Unit @ QUT). My role in QUT Transform included the construction of an archive and taxonomy of data from the Transform Google+ social network,  creating the Transform subject guide, working with the module curriculum teams to design engaging eLearning experiences, and researching best practise for student support services grounded in connectivist pedagogy informed by social network/LMS integrated learning analytics.

I have taught into philosophy, communication and information science across the University of Melbourne, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,  The University of Queensland, and Queensland University of Technology.

I have won three Vice Chancellor’s Performance Awards for online learning resources and teaching and learning support:

S. Kate Devitt


Research Associate, Institute for Future Environments and the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology