Franziska Tachtler started her PhD at HCI Group in 2017, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions initiative, and was awarded her PhD in July 2022. She investigated how technologies could support promoting resilience in unaccompanied migrant youth. She applied qualitative and design methods to (1) gain a deep understanding of the context of UMY in Vienna, Austria; (2) identify pathways to integrate technology-enabled resilience support; and (3) explore possibilities to design technology-enabled support for this space.As part of the PhD project, she collaborated with the Medical University Vienna and the Anna Freud Centre in London.

Thesis: Promoting Resilience in Unaccompanied Migrant Youth: A Social-ecological Design Framework for Technology-enabled Support

Franziska studied Interaction Design (MSc) at the Malmö University (SE). Besides, she holds a bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Multimedia with a Minor in Media Informatics (LMU Munich, DE). Franziska worked as a visiting lecturer in Interface Design at LMU Munich and as a graphic and interface designer for several companies. As a European volunteer, she got involved in an organization supporting young adults to overcome and prevent crises caused by, for instance, unemployment, family issues, or mental illness.

Her interests are mental health technology, design justice, UX design, tangible interfaces, participatory design and interactive art.


Selected publications

Peer-reviewed Conference publications – Full Papers:

  • Tachtler, F., Talhouk, R., Michel, T., Slovák, P. & Fitzpatrick, G. (2021). Unaccompanied Migrant Youth and Mental Health Technologies: A Social-Ecological Approach to Understanding and Designing. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), May 8–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 19 pages. DOI:, Honorable Mention

  • Tachtler, F., Michel, T., Slovák, P. & Fitzpatrick, G. (2020). Supporting the Supporters of Unaccompanied Migrant Youth: Designing for Social-ecological Resilience. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–14. DOI:, Honorable Mention (Premier HCI publication venue according to Google Scholar, Acceptance Rate: 23,8%)

Workshop and Special Interest Group Proposal:

  • Tachtler, F., Aal, K., Ertl, T., Diethei, D., Niess, J., Khwaja, M., Talhouk, R., Nunes Vilaza, G., Lazem, S., Singh, A., Barry, M., Wulf, V. & Fitzpatrick, G. (2021). Artificially Intelligent Technology for the Margins: A Multidisciplinary Design Agenda. In Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 86, 1–7.

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