About Helena Lindgren

Helena Lindgren has a multidisciplinary background as authorized occupational therapist, work consultant in work rehabilitation and ergonomics, and computer science. Since 2012 she is Associate Professor in Computer Science, primarily operating in the intersection between artificial intelligence, interaction design and cognitive science. What she is actually doing, and has been doing throughout her working life, is to develop her understanding of humans, find conditions for development of ability, match ability to the environment and build the environment social, intelligent, adaptive and inspiring.

Helena Lindgren takes particular interest in theories and methods that support the development of intelligent and autonomous systems for health care, which include and acknowledge the complexity of changing health care organisations and work processes in a larger perspective as well as the basic levels of cognitive and psychosocial functions. She takes particular interest in the following related to interacting with socially intelligent and autonomous systems and environments:

  • human-agent collaboration
  • socially intelligent agents and social norms
  • knowledge aquisition and representation
  • design of interactive and situated clinical reasoning
  • user-authored and user-driven development
  • formal argumentation and dialogues
  • cognitive tools and personalisation
  • person-adapted digital coaching
  • evaluation of tailored, adaptive knowledge-based systems

Some additional tools and keywords are intelligent and social agents, intelligent user interfaces, behaviour change systems, ambient assisted living, Semantic Web, Internet of Things, formal argumentation, assistive technology, activity theory, creativity, curiosity

Helena Lindgren established in 2010 the research group on user, interaction and knowledge modelling (UIKM) and in 2011 its laboratory for experimenting on interaction design topics related to intelligent, autonomous, assistive and social environments.

Research is conducted in collaboration with research groups mainly in the medical and health domains and with organisations in the local, national and interational society. The ACKTUS platform for knowledge engineering and interaction design developed by UIKM functions as the research infrastructure in the applied collaborative projects, in addition to platform for experimenting on new solutions for user modelling and adaptive and personalised systems.

Occasionally, summer-working teenagers contribute in projects, as a strategy to increase interest for computer science in young people. One year three summer-working girls developed serious games and tested these and their robot programs with children (read more).

For more information about research, research projects and the lab, please visit the UIKM Group. News can occasionally be found at the ACKTUS Blog.

Lindgren is member of the Local Organisation Committees of the following:

  • IJCAI/ECAI 2018 in Stockholm One of the worlds most important conferences on artificial intelligence will be co-located with the world leading conferences on Macine Learning (ICML 2018) and on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2018) July 2018 in Stockholm.
  • MIE 2018 in Gothenburg The European conference on Medical and Health Informatics celebrates 40 years 2018 and will be co-located in April with VITALIS, one of the world's largest exhibitions on health technology.
  • ECCE 2017 The European Confefence on Cognitive Ergonomics, held in Sliperiet Umeå Sept 20-22, 2017.

UMeHealth - An Emerging Research Infrastructure for eHealth

Helena Lindgren is currently coordinating the organisation of research on eHealth-related topics into a research environment at Umeå University. This is done in collaboration with researchers at the Medical Faculty and the Västerbotten County Council. She is as part of this effort also working on establishing a Nordic Center for Telemedicine and eHealth together with Finnish partners and the county council.  

Commissions of Trust

National / International

  • Member of the program committee PM-AI/MLX for Wallenberg Autonomous Systems, AI and Software Program (WASP) (2018- )
  • Cluster leader for for AI & ML in the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems, AI and Software Program (WASP) (2018- )
  • Board member of the Swedish Artificial Intelligence Society (SAIS) (2011- )
  • The Research Council of Norway: Panel member for evaluating research applications 2015, 2016
  • Member of the VINNOVA HORIZON 2020 LEIT-ICT reference group (2014- )
  • Member of the VINNOVA HORIZON 2020 HEALTH reference group (2015- )
  • Board member and scientific secretary of the Swedish Association for Medical Informatics (SFMI) (2014-2018)
  • Sweden's representative in the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) (2015-2018)
  • Past:
    • Advisory board member of the Swedish Brainpower Research Consortium (2011-2015)
    • Election committee member for board of SAIS 2007
    • Organisation of SAIS 2006 workshop in Umeå as local chair
    • Expert group member for the development and improvement of dementia care in Sweden, organised by the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (2004)
    • Expert group member for the translation of the clinical terminology SNOMED CT to Swedish and other health care terminology issues, organised by National Board of Health and Welfare (2007-2008)

Local (Umeå University)

  • Coordinator of Umeå University's participation in the national initiative "AI Sweden"
  • Chair for the advisory group for research studies at the the Department of Computing Science
  • Project group member for the development of Sliperiet (UMU)
  • Project group member for developing the Focus environment in the MIT-Building (UMU)
  • Past at CS department:
    • Advisory Board member for Research and Research Studies at the the Department of Computing Science 2009-2017
    • Equality representative at the Department of Computing Science
    • Board member 2006-2007
    • Member of election committee for head of department 2006 

Member of the following scientific/program boards:

  • International Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argumentation (CMNA)
  • Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence (SCAI)
  • the SAIS National Workshop on AI
  • International Workshop on Agents Applied in Healthcare (A2HC)
  • The congress Medical Informatics in Europe (MIE)
  • The International conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME)
  • The National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Portugal

Selected Invited/Keynote Presentations

  • GeekGirl Meetup Sept 17, 2014
  • Nationella Demensdagen 7 mars, 2013
  • Swedish Health Delegation Visit to South Korea, 2013 (read more):
    • Symposium on “Creating a Sustainable, Efficient and Safe Healthcare”
    • Sweden-Korea Dementia Forum 2013
  • Swedish State Visit to South Korea (read more) and Sweden-Korea Dementia Forum 2012 (read more)


Helena Lindgren has been actively involved in the department's development of courses since 2002. Currently, she is developing a collaboration between computer science education and education at the medical and social science faculties on e-health and interactive intelligent environment topics. This effort is partly funded by Vice-Chanchellor's strategic funds. Collaborative student projects have been conducted during 2015 and 2016 with presentations in the MIT-Building's Focus Environment January 10-11 2017.

Helena Lindgren has been supervising thesis projects and been lecturer for different courses in human-computer interaction and cognitive science since 2002. She has been responsible since 2003 for the advanced course in human-computer interaction, which puts a strong focus on complex use environments where typically knowledge-based systems are used by users with different roles, competences and needs. Student projects are conducted in cooperation with stakeholders and prototypes are evaluated in authentic environments with targeted user groups. Read about the students experiences from collaborating with pupils at a local school here.