Harmen de Weerd

About me

I am a researcher/lecturer at the School of Communication, Media, and IT of the Hanze University of Applies Sciences in Groningen. As part of the Professorship User-Centered Design, I am working in researching and developing applications for long-term behavioral change. My particular interests are in human-machine teamwork, where the machine actively reasons about the goals, intentions, abilities, and limitations of its human counterpart.

In my previous post as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering of the University of Groningen, I worked on the Metalogue project. Within this project, I worked on the system’s metacognitive abilities, so that it would be able to engage in negotiation with a human trading partner. The Metalogue system tries to negotiate as good a deal as possible for itself, but it also reasons about the goals of its trading partner to identify common goals.

Research interests

  • Human-machine teamwork
  • Agent-based modeling and social simulations
  • Interaction between cognitively capable agents
  • Higher-order reasoning
  • Cooperation and risk


Contact information

Harmen de Weerd
Professorship User-Centered Design, Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Van DoorenVeste, room C2.12
Zernikeplein 11
9747 AS Groningen
The Netherlands

Email: h.a.de.weerd@pl.hanze.nl