Willem-Paul Brinkman

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Willem-Paul Brinkman (1970) is an associate professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His primary research interests are human-computer interaction, behaviour change support systems, specifically eHealth systems including virtual reality therapy systems, and virtual health agents. He is fascinated by eHealth systems that include conversational agents that offer psychological support. His ultimate objective is to establish an autonomous eHealth system with a digital psychologist that can assist individuals in achieving a broad set of behaviour change goals ranging from overcoming mental illness to lifestyle modification for coping with a chronic illness. He is, therefore, determined to build these systems and establish an empirically grounded understanding of them. For this, he works on several research grants that focus on these type of eHealth systems such as a home-based virtual reality therapy system for patients with social anxiety, an autonomous e-mental health application for posttraumatic stress disorder patients, and also on a mobile application for people with sleeping problems. In 2003, he received his PhD degree in human-computer interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In the following year, he obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Brunel University of West London, where he worked for five years as a lecturer, before moving in 2007 to Delft University of Technology where he became an assistant professor and later associate professor working in the Interactive Intelligence group. Over the years he has been involved in the organisation of several international conferences and workshops, and acted as an associate or guest editor of several journals. He worked on national research grants and has co-authored over 50 journal papers and 80 peer-reviewed conference and workshop publications. Since 2018, he is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). As the Director of Studies MSc Computer Science, he is responsible for the content, organisation and quality of the MSc curricula in Computer Science at TU Delft.


Interview in the Quadraad about my research interests: adaptive mechanisms for behaviour change

Main research interests

  • Cognitive Engineering | Human-Computer Interaction | Artificial Intelligence
  • Behaviour Change Support Systems
  • Virtual health agents | Conversational agents

Additional research interests