Ronny Cook
Master of Philosophy in IT, Student

Contact Details

E-mail: ronny@it.usyd.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9351 5711

School of Information Technologies
Level 3 West, Building J12
University of Sydney
NSW, 2006, Australia

Web-site: http://www.ronnycook.org/

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Research Interests

User Modelling, ontologies, MOOCs, Computer Science course design & assessment


After competing his Honours degree on building user models in 1991, Ronny Cook worked briefly under Judy Kay on associated work on user viewable user models, before moving into private industry in a range of system administration and technical support roles. These were primarily for Message Handling Systems and TMX (a University startup which later moved into the ISP space), and later for Ebit (a privately owned company that provides backend services for a group of recruitment companies). While working for Ebit, Ronny was again drawn into questions of matching user expectations with software behaviour, as well as issues with reliability and parsing of user-provided resumes (AKA “the average resume is 90% inspiration and 10% perspiration”). Ronny is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Engineering & IT under his original Honours supervisor, Judy Kay, in relation to user modeling & ontologies, and performing related work for the CRC.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

R. Cook, J. Kay, and B. Kummerfeld. MOOClm: User Modelling for MOOCs. In User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization - 23rd International Conference, UMAP 2015, Dublin, Ireland, June 29 - July 3, 2015. Proceedings, pages 80-91, 2015. [View Details]

R. Cook, J. Kay, G. Ryan, and R. C. Thomas. A toolkit for appraising the long term usability of a text editor. Software Quality Journal, 4:131 - 154, 1995. [View Details]

R. Cook and J. Kay. The justified user model: a viewable, explained user model. In A. Kobsa and D. Litman, editors, Fourth International Conference on User Modeling UM94 (Proceedings), pages 145 - 150. MITRE, UM Inc, 1994. [View Details]

R. Cook and J. Kay. The justifiable user model: a viewable, explained user model. Technical Report 483, 1994. [View Details]