Helen Chen

Research Supervisor
Helen Chen

Research interest

Health informatics, translational research in healthcare and medicine, health system integration, semantic interoperability, healthcare decision making and decision support, health data analytics, medical imaging informatics and patient safety.

Other roles

Assistant Research Professor

Agfa Scientist-in-Residence

Cross appointment with Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Associate Director, Professional Practice Centre in Health Systems 


BA (Hon.), Engineering Mechanics (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

MSc, Engineering Mechanics (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

PhD, Computational Biomechanics (University of Waterloo)


Professor Helen Chen is the faculty lead of the WHISTL research group, supervising students' research and thesis projects. She is an assistant research professor, jointly appointed to both the School of Public Health Sciences and to the Cheriton School of Computer Science. She teaches courses related to health informatics, information system design and management, health data standards, health data security and patient consent.

Helen also helps lead Waterloo’s Professional Practice Centre in Health Systems – an innovative industry/university partnership that fosters experiential learning opportunities for students while delivering leading edge solutions to health organisations.