Dr. Dignum is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. She received a PhD in 2004 from the Utrecht University, on A Model for Organizational Interaction. Prior to her PhD, Virginia worked for more than 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management.
Virginia's research focuses on agent based models of organizations, in particular in the dynamic aspects of organizations, and the applicability of agent organizations to support knowledge creation, sharing and representation in distributed environments, and the interaction between people and intelligent systems in particular the behaviour of hybrid teams. Her work ranges from the engineering of practical applications and simulations to the development of formal theories that integrate agency and organization, and includes a strong design methodology component.
In 2006, Dr. Dignum was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on agent-based organizational frameworks, which includes the OperA framework for analysis, design and simulation of organizational systems.
She has organized many international conferences and workshops, and was co-organizer of AAMAS 2005. Virginia is involved as (S)PC and reviewer in all main conferences and journals in her field of research, and is one of the leading international researchers in Agent Organizations. She participates in several national and EU projects and has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, including 15 books, yielding a h-index of 27.
Dr. Dignum is co-chair of the European AI conference in 2016 (ECAI2016).
She is also coordinator of the new TU Delft initiative on Design for Values.