Helma Torkamaan


University of Duisburg-Essen

I am a research associate and a Ph.D. candidate in the interactive systems group (computer science department) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. I study the application of recommender systems in serious domains, such as health, with the goal of improving human health and quality of life. A particular interest of mine is the intersection between computer science, behavioral science, and business, namely the application of data science in human-computer interaction (HCI).

I build systems and solutions using a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to technology design that involves tools, techniques, resources, and perspectives from computer science, psychology, business, and health care. This process considers both multistakeholder and end-user needs, satisfaction, and emotional experiences. My interdisciplinary research spans recommender systems, ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, affective computing, positive computing, and e-health. Before joining the interactive systems group, I held various positions in industry and academia and was involved in a number of projects.