T.C. Beinema PhD (Tessa)


About Me

Tessa Beinema works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Human-Media Interaction group. 

She has a background in Artificial Intelligence (bachelors and masters from Radboud University) with a specialization in Web and Language Interaction. After graduation, Tessa started working as a junior researcher at Roessingh Research and Development, while also being an external PhD candidate at the University of Twente. In the Horizon 2020 Council of Coaches project (2017-2020), she lead the work package on 'coaching strategies and knowledge base'. In her PhD work, she investigated how knowledge of behaviour change and coaching can practically be incorporated in an artificially intelligent component for selecting relevant (tailored) conversational topics in coaching conversations between users and (embodied) conversational agents. She also contributed to the two open-source projects that resulted from Council of Coaches: the WOOL Dialogue Platform and the Agents United Platform.

Once the Council of Coaches project was completed, Tessa joined the Personalized eHealth Technology (PeHTprogramme at the University of Twente, where she finished her PhD and her tasks included the coordination of the Agents United Alliance, contributing to the development of a new telemonitoring platform, and being a coordinator for the VNSU Digital Society Health & Well-being programme line.

At the Human-Media Interaction group she works on the virtual assistant within the ZonMw eCG Family Clinic project. Between March 2022 and September 2023 she worked at Innovation Sprint on virtual coaching and the WOOL Dialogue Platform in the context of European projects such as iHelp and RE-SAMPLE. In November 2023, she joined the UT full-time, continuing her work on the eCG project and joining the NWO Synergia project.


03.2022 - current Postdoctoral Researcher, Human-Media Interaction group
03.2022 - 09.2023 Researcher, Innovation Sprint
09.2020 - 03.2022 Researcher, Biomedical Signals and Systems group, Personalized eHealth Technology (PeHT) research program
09.2017 - 12.2021 PhD Candidate, Biomedical Signals and Systems group, University of Twente
09.2017 - 09.2020 Junior Researcher, eHealth group, Roessingh Research and Development


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Barneveld, N. , Hietbrink, E. A. G., Middelweerd, A. , Beinema, T. , Tabak, M., & Laverman, G. D. (2022). Een device voor leefstijlcoaching voor mensen met beperkte gezondheidsvaardigheden: Design en ervaringen. 15-15. Abstract from ZGT Wetenschapsdag 2022, Almelo, Netherlands.
Beinema, T. (2021). Tailoring coaching conversations with virtual health coaches. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036552608
Beinema, T. , Davison, D. , Reidsma, D. , Banos, O. , Bruijnes, M., Donval, B., Fides Valero, Á. , Heylen, D., Hofs, D. , Huizing, G., Kantharaju, R. B. , Klaassen, R. , Kolkmeier, J. , Konsolakis, K., Pease, A., Pelachaud, C., Simonetti, D., Snaith, M., Traver, V. , ... op den Akker, H. (2021). Agents United: An Open Platform for Multi-Agent Conversational Systems. In IVA '21: Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 17-24). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3472306.3478352

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