AI in the human loop

human hand holding a robot
Professionals are increasingly being supported by AI (Artificial Intelligence). But how do professionals experience this? What kind of support strengthens their profession and what do they not want? In this project, we investigate how different roles for AI (decision maker, advisor or knowledge source) are experienced by future professionals in preventive care. 


With this project, we want to gain insight into how different forms of cooperation with AI affect the values of autonomy and trust among professionals. We want to translate these insights into forms of cooperation that reinforce the strengths of both professionals and AI.

"Collaboration between professional and AI can be very powerful if the values of the professional are respected."

Marlies van Steenbergen
Professor Digital Ethics


The intended result of this project is a set of concrete guidelines for the context-dependent design of human-AI collaborations that do justice to personal values.


01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022


We investigate different roles of AI by means of Wizard of Oz experiments. In these, allied health students perform a preventive health check using a simulated AI algorithm. We test the resulting guidelines in focus groups with healthcare professionals.

HU researchers involved in the research

Cooperation with partners

Within the HU we are working together with a project of the "Instituut voor Paramedische Studies" and the Institute for Media.

The project is carried out in collaboration with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.


The use of AI has great potential for professional practice. However, there are also concerns about the impact of AI on society. With this project we contribute to an ethically responsible use of AI.


This project is carried out as part of the R-DAISES programme, which is implemented within the framework of NWA route 25 - responsible value creation with big data - and is funded by NWO (Dutch Research Council)

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