Intimate Computing

Towards a caring and inspiring Digital Society

Welcome to Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk’s website! Intimate Computing is about digital technologies that in some sense “come close” to us in our daily lives. Examples are quantified self, mobile location sharing apps, social media, high-tech clothing, and behaviour support technology such as smart homes.

Behaviour Support Technology

I posit that the intimate nature of these technologies makes us vulnerable in specific ways. In line with this idea, I put forward a vision of intimate computing as computing with vulnerability. This means that intimate technologies should take into account human vulnerabilities, allowing people to reflect on and actively shape their vulnerable existence in interaction with these technologies. In this way, we create a caring and inspiring digital society thatĀ embraces softness and vulnerability, allowing us to feel wonder and tenderness in our intimate technological experiences.

From: The Tenderness Project

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at the research page or read more about me!

I wish you an inspiring site visit,
Birna van Riemsdijk
Associate professor Intimate Computing, University of Twente

Latest News

December 29, 2021

PhD position on Non-Monotonic Reasoning for Personal Agents

I have a fully-funded 4-year PhD position available to investigate the application of non-monotonic reasoning techniques for user modelling in...
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December 29, 2021

New preprints on Social Situation Awareness!

We have two new preprints on Social Situation Awareness (SSA) available on arXiv with PhD candidate Ilir Kola as first...
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May 14, 2021

U-Today interview about underfunding of academia

On the occasion of the National Alarmday on April 6th 2021 to draw attention to structural underfunding of Dutch academia,...
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May 14, 2021

OneWorld interview: Big Questions in AI

I was interviewed by OneWorld magazine about the big questions and challenges for a society in which AI is omnipresent...
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December 30, 2020

New publications on Social Situation Awareness!

Two new publications on Social Situation Awareness of Personal Assistant Agents have been accepted in the past months (Ilir Kola...
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September 23, 2020

BNR radio interview on Intimate Computing

In summer I was interviewed by BNR radio about my research on Intimate Computing for the item "Wetenschap Vandaag" (Science...
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July 3, 2020

New 4TU.NIRICT Call Diversity-Equity-Inclusion!

4TU.NIRICT strives to create a united 4TU ICT community, which requires a culture and environment where all members can participate...
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June 17, 2020

PhD Vacancy Interactive Machine Reasoning for Responsible Hybrid Intelligence

We have an open a vacancy for a PhD student to work within the national Dutch gravitation programme on Hybrid...
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March 26, 2020

First publication on Social Situation Awareness accepted!

I am happy to report that our first publication on Social Situation Awareness for behaviour support agents with Ilir Kola...
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February 21, 2020

We’re hiring! #PhDposition

We will soon start looking for a PhD student to work on "Interactive Machine Reasoning for Responsible Hybrid Intelligence" within...
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