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Posted on 1 August 2016

Ivana starts a new position in Waterloo

Ivana Kajic is starting a new PhD position at the University of Waterloo (Canada) in the Computational Neuroscience Research Group (CNRG). She started as a Marie Curie fellow working with Thomas Wennekers, Giorgio Ganis and Haline Schendan on the CogNovo project "Neurally inspired algorithms of human cognition and problem solving". Ivana contributed to creativity research in CogNovo by making computational models of creative processes in verbal tasks. In particular she developed a neural network model solving the Remote Associates Test (RAT).

As part of her Marie Curie grant she spent a 10-month secondment at the CNRG where she worked with Terry Stewart and other lab members exploring how various sources of association data influence performance on the RAT. Ivana also invited Paul Thagard, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, to give a talk at the CogNovo workshop "The Neural Basis for Creativity".

We, the research fellows and investigators at CogNovo, are happy that we were able to support Ivana in finding a position in a computational neuroscience research lab. We hope to have contributed to grounding her research in the Cognitive Sciences and helping her to refine her teaching skills. We will miss her in the CogNovo office, but are looking forward to potential future collaborations and to reading more of her work.