Dietrich Albert

Picture showing Dietrich AlbertAlbert, Dietrich, Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Head of Cognitive Science Section
Senior Scientist
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Prof. Dr. Dietrich Albert graduated from the University of Göttingen (Germany) with a degree in psychology. He received his Dr.rer.nat. and his postdoctoral degree (Habilitation in Psychologie) from the University of Marburg/Lahn (Germany). He was Professor of experimental psychology (Allgemeine Experimentelle Psychologie) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Currently he is senior scientist at TU Graz (KTI), professor emeritus of psychology at University of Graz and key researcher at the Know-Center. His research topics cover several areas in experimental and applied psychology; his actual research focuses on knowledge and competence structures, decision-structures, their applications and empirical research. He is (co-) editor of e.g. three books on knowledge structures (Springer Verlag & Lawrence Erlbaum Ass.). He was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Psychological Information and Documentation (ZPID), Germany; and he is a member of several scientific advisory boards. His expertise in European and national R&D projects is documented several grants. The focus of research within these projects has been on modelling knowledge and competence, on developing comprehensive knowledge representation frameworks and ontologies, and on their application in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for personalising learning paths, adaptively assessing knowledge and competencies of learners, personalized teaching, self-regulated learning, game-based learning and personalized learning environments. Research in decision-making focuses on cognitive processes of analysts and their cognitive biases, and decision support in disaster management. Furthermore, he aims on the evaluation of adaptive systems from a psychological point of view.

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Invited Talks:

Albert, D. (2011). Keynote at the Knowledge Technology Week in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, July 2011.

Albert, D., Augustin, T., Hockemeyer, C., Kickmeier-Rust, M., & Podbregar, P. (2010). Microadaptivity – Non-Invasive Competence Assessment in Complex Learning Situations. Invited Talk at the International Symposium “Scientific Computing for the Cognitive Sciences”, Heidelberg, 6-8 Oct 2010.

Albert, D. (2010). Neue Kompetenzen – technologiegestützt spielend erwerben?!, University of Rostock, 15 Oct 2010.

Albert, D., Jehna, M., & Pekari, I. (2009, September).Efficient and Personalized Methods for Assessing Individual Declarative Knowledge. Invited Talk at the Symposium Assessment of Individual Differences in Educational Practice conducted at Japanese Educational Psychology Conference Shizuoka, Japan, 20-22 September 2009.

Albert, D. (2001). E-learning Future – The Contribution of Psychology. Keynote at the 59th Annual Convention, International Council of Psychologists, July 8-12, 2001, Winchester, England.

List of scientific publications:
TU Graz (2009ff.), KFU Graz (1994-2010), KFU Graz (1994-2010, partly full text)

List of the 10 most important publications:

Albert, D., & Schulz, U. (1975). A model for free recall of two lists: Individual recall sequences and the effect of list-2-dominance. Acta Psychologica, 39, 161-174.

Aschenbrenner, K. M., Albert, D., & Schmalhofer, F. (1984). Stochastic Choice Heuristics. Acta Psychologica, 56, 153-166.

Albert, D., & Held, T. (1994). Establishing knowledge spaces by systematical problem construction. In D. Albert (Ed.), Knowledge Structures (pp. 78–112). New York: Springer Verlag.

Lukas, J., & Albert, D. (1999). Knowledge Structures: What They Are and How They Can be Used in Cognitive Psychology, test Theory, and the Design of Learning Environments. In D. Albert & J. Lukas (Eds.), Knowledge Spaces: Theories, Empirical Research, and Applications (pp. 3–12). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Stefanutti, L., & Albert, D. (2003). Skill Assessment in Problem Solving and Simulated Learning Environments. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 9(12), 1455-1468.

Heller, J., Steiner, C., Hockemeyer, C., & Albert, D. (2006). Competence-Based Knowledge Structures for Personalised Learning. International Journal on E-Learning, 5(1), 75-88.

Heller, J., Levene, M., Keenoy, K., Hockemeyer, C., & Albert, D. (2007). Cognitive aspects of trails: A Stochastic Model Linking Navigation Behaviour to the Learner’s Cognitive State. In J. Schoonenboom, J. Heller, K. Keenoy, M. Levene & M. Turcsanyi-Szabo (Eds.), Trails in Education: Technologies that Support Navigational Learning (pp. 119-146). Rotterdam: Sense Publisher.

Albert, D., Kickmeier-Rust, M. D., & Matsuda, F. (2008). A formal framework for modelling the developmental course of competence and performance in the distance, speed, and time domain. Developmental Review, 28, 401-420.

Steiner, C. M., Nussbaumer, A., & Albert, D. (2009). Supporting Self-Regulated Personalised Learning through Competence-based Knowledge Space Theory. Policy Futures in Education, 7(6), 645-661.

Ley, T., Kump, B., & Albert, D. (2010). A Methodology for Eliciting, Modelling, and Evaluating Expert Knowledge for an Adaptive Work-integrated Learning System. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies., 68 (4), 185-208.