About me

Photograph of Birna van Riemsdijk

I am Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Associate Professor Intimate Computing in the Human-Media Interaction group at University of Twente. I am also guest researcher in the Interactive Intelligence section at TU Delft.

My motto is Lead with the heart. As I wrote in my acceptance speech for the Dutch Prize for Research in ICT 2014: “for me, this means that it always has to start with a sparkle, and the rest will follow”. On these pages you can read about those sparkles and where following them has brought me. You can read about my career, my values, and my inspiration.

A (very short) CV of Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk

  • from 2019: Associate Professor Intimate Computing at University of Twente – Human-Media Interaction group
  • 2017-2019: guest researcher University of Twente – Human-Media Interaction group
  • 2008-2019: Assistant/Associate professor at TU Delft – Interactive Intelligence group
    • Project leader multidisciplinary ICT project SHINE (1.3MEuro)
    • Vidi personal grant CoreSAEP (800K)
    • Dutch Prize for Research in ICT 2014 (50K): The most prestigious national ICT award for a scientist under 40 years old, who has conducted innovative research or who has realized a scientific breakthrough in ICT.
    • Initiator and project leader of the Responsible Computer Science theme in the Computer Science bachelor programme (2018)
  • 2006-2008: Postdoc at LMU Munich – Programming & Software Engineering group
  • 2002-2006: PhD at Utrecht University – Intelligent Systems group
  • 1997-2002: BSc/MSc (Medical) Computer Science at Utrecht University

Short bio

Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk is associate professor Intimate Computing in the Human-Media Interaction group at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research mission is to develop theory and software for creating intimate technologies that take into account our human vulnerability in supporting us in our daily lives: intimate computing is computing with vulnerability. For her research she was awarded a Vidi personal grant and the Dutch Prize for Research in ICT 2014. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (JAAMAS) and was elected member (2012-2018) of the board of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS). She is member of the board of 4TU.NIRICT, which comprises all ICT research of the four universities of technology of the Netherlands.

Key publications

  • Creating Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners: Interaction, Reasoning and Ethical Challenges (PDFURLBIB)
    In Proceedings of the fourteenth international joint conference on autonomous agents and multiagent systems (AAMAS’15), pages 1201-1206. 2015. © IFAAMAS.
    M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Catholijn M. Jonker, Victor Lesser
  • A Semantic Framework for Socially Adaptive Agents: Towards strong norm compliance (PDFURLBIB)
    In Proceedings of the fourteenth international joint conference on autonomous agents and multiagent systems (AAMAS’15), pages 423-432. 2015. © IFAAMAS.
    M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Louise Dennis, Michael Fisher, Koen V. Hindriks
  • From good intentions to behaviour change: Probabilistic Feature Diagrams for Behaviour Support Agents (PDFCode, URL)
    The 22nd International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA’19), volume 11873 of LNCS, pages 354-369. 2019. © Springer-Verlag.
    Malte Kliess, Marielle Stoelinga, M. Birna van Riemsdijk
  • Automatic resolution of normative conflicts in supportive technology based on user values (PDFURL)
    ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), 18(4): 21 pages, Article no. 41. 2018. © ACM.
    Alex Kayal, Willem-Paul Brinkman, Mark Neerincx, M. Birna van Riemsdijk
  • Socially adaptive electronic partners for improved support of children’s values: an empirical study with a location-sharing mobile app (PDFURLData)
    International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction (IJCCI), 18, pages 79-89. 2018. © Elsevier.
    Alex Kayal, M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Mark Neerincx, Willem-Paul Brinkman