Heleen Rutjes brings together people and data, as Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-Technology Interaction. In her research, she explores ways in which people and (AI-)technology can effectively collaborate. By combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, she seeks to understand people’s perceptions on technology, and how technology should be designed to meet their needs. More specifically, she is interested in explainable AI (XAI), mental models of AI, intelligent and interactive systems; with a human-centered focus. Heleen applies these concepts mostly in the health domain.
Having a background in both psychology (BSc) as well as mathematics (MSc), Heleen’s research is sensitive to the strengths and limitations of both people and data-driven models. For example, in her PhD work, Heleen has focused on the value of health data for health coaches, and she tested transparent and interactive interfaces that combine the complementary forms of knowledge that human coaches and data-driven models bring in.
Before her PhD, Heleen worked as statistical consultant at CQM, Eindhoven, and before that as a high school teacher in mathematics. In these roles too, she has been focusing on how people understand abstract concepts in mathematics and statistics, and explaining it accordingly.
Heleen also volunteers as guest lecturer at primary schools to encourage children to critically reflect on AI, and to inspire especially girls to engage in the research and design of AI, aiming for more diversity in the development of the technology of the future.
The Influence of Personal Health Data on the Health Coaching ProcessFrontiers in Big Data (2022)
Health Coaches, Health Data, and Their Interaction(2021)
Tailoring transparency to expertise: health professionals’ need for transparency in representing self-tracking data of clients4th HUMANIZE workshop on Transparency and Explainability in Adaptive Systems through User Modeling Grounded in Psychological Theory (Workshop at IUI'20) (2020)
Considerations on explainable AI and users’ mental modelsCHI 2019 Workshop (2019)
Beyond behavior2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019 (2019)
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