I am a Full Professor (B.Inf.Tech (Hons), PhD in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, MAPPCP), and head of the Human Computer Interaction Group since 2009. I was head of the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology 2011-2017 until institutes were restructured. I am an ACM Distinguished Scientist and ACM Distinguished Speaker. I am a trained facilitor/coach, and have a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Practice, with a focus on positive organisations/leadership. I also host a podcast series called 'Changing Academic Life'

Forschungsinteressen/Research Interests Human-Computer Interaction; Design; Computer Supported Cooperative Work; Ubiquitous Computing; Health IT.

Topic areas include people/design perspectives on: selfcare, health and wellbeing; reflection, motivation and social-emotional life skills; sustainability; community building and active engagement for older people; social interaction and collaboration; values in computing; smart cities to live in.


Sprechstunde/Office hours: Email for an appointment - Room 02 10, Argentinierstrasse 8, 2nd floor

Short Bio: Geraldine Fitzpatrick is Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and heads the Human Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien. She is also an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Previously, she was Director of the Interact Lab at the Uni of Sussex, User Experience consultant and Senior Manager at Sapient London, and Snr Researcher at the Center for Online Health/DSTC in Australia. She also has a healthcare background and has been in charge of various hospital departments including ENT operating theatres, as well as setting up a private practice.

Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences to support social interaction using mobile, tangible and sensor-based technologies in everyday contexts, with a particular interest in supporting collaboration, health and well-being, social and emotional skills learning, community building and active engagement for older people. She has a published book and over 180 refereed journal and conference publications in diverse areas such as HCI, CSCW, health informatics, pervasive computing. She sits on various advisory boards, and serves in many editorial roles, including associate editor of the CSCW journal, and program committee/chair in various CSCW/CHI/health related international conferences. She has recently completed studies for a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Practice.

Current research projects:

Recently completed

Professional involvement - selected recent examples:

  • ACM Distinguished Speaker
  • Advisory Boards: Uni of Zurich Department of Informatics; Centre for Communication and Computing, Uni of Copenhagen; Computational Artefacts - cross- university Project, Copenhagen; INTROMAT Scientific Advisory Council, Norway; EcoKnow Project, ITU Copenhagen.
  • Faculty Evaluation panels
  • Senior Peer Roles: Austrian representative to IFIP TC 13; ACM CSCW Steering Committee member (to end 2016); JCSCW Assoc Editor; EPSRC Peer Review College; various other journal editorial review boards; Conference co-chair for CHI2019, Papers Program (co-)chair - CSCW2018, Pervasive Health 2016, CHI2011, CHI2010, PDC2006 ExpPapers, ECSCW2003. Various other conference committee chair roles.
  • Career Development Symposia: CHI2018 (co-chair), OzCHI2017 (Co-chair), CHI2017, CHI2016
  • Various external training/teaching/mentoring: Early Career Development workshops (various); Doctoral Colloquium co-chair (numerous conferences); Summer School lecturer (eHealth Dublin 2017; Research Methods in HCI: Lodz 2017, Dubrovnik 2016, Zurich 2015, Tallin 2014; Smart City, Vienna 2016), SIGCHI Ed Education Workshop Beijing 2014; Alpbach Summer School - European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition; University of Computer Sciences, Havana;

Keynote Presentations (2011 on): IndiaHCI 2018, Dean's Workshop - Leadership Development; SIGUCCS 2018, Orlando; VL/HCC 2018, Lisbon; CHIuXiD'18, various in Indonesia, Interactive Surfaces and Spaces ISS2017, Brighton; HCID Open Day, City Uni of London, 2017; Computer Based Medical Systems CBMS 2016, Belfast; SBSC 2016, Brazil; IIT.SRC 2016; ISIS2015 Vienna; Workshop: What Works in Digital Health Technologies – Bridging the Disciplinary Divide, Glasgow; European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics ECCE 2014; NTA6-Technology Assessment14; Pervasive Health 2014, Oldenburg; Workshop in Interactive Systems in Healthcare, Washington 2013; Global Ageing: Rising Challenges, Barcelona 2013; Swedish CogSci Symposium 2013, Gothenburg; Perceptual Quality of Systems 2013, Vienna; World Usability Day, Lubljana 2013; COST TwinTIDE Closing Conference, Bari 2013; Ditact Women's IT Summer Studies, Salzburg 2013; Int Conf on Communities & Technologies C&T2011, Brisbane; 3rd Int Workshop on Infrastructures in Healthcare 2011, Copenhagen; Design4Health Conference 2011, Sheffield.

PhD Students: Toni Michel Franziska Tachtler Naemi Luckner, Irene Posch, Katharina Spiel, Matthias Wunsch, Isabel Schwaninger, Armin Wagner. Recently graduated: Eva Ganglbauer, Florian Güldenpfennig, Oliver Hödl, Francisco Nunes, Petr Slovak, Jean Hallewell

Teaching: Fundamental Research Methods for Doctoral Students, User Research Methods, Applications in Healthcare, HCI in Healthcare, eHealth Theory & Practice, Mobile Computing in Healthcare, Media Informatics Seminar, Medical Informatics Seminar & Project, Intro to Research Methods for PhD students.

Previous Masters Students - EPILOG winners: Janis Meissner Distinguished Young Alumna-Award of the Faculty of Informatics June 2016 - Tools for Wools: Learning from and designing for Urban Knitters. Jasmin Grosinger - Diploma Thesis Award Nov 2012 - Agile Life: Persuasive Touch Interface Technology for Enhancing Older Adults' Levels of Physical Activity.

Consulting, Facilitation, Coaching Trained coach (personal, professional/executive); group facilitation; public speaking; Professional/personal development: various Life and professional skills topics;
Research development: Research paradigms; How to read/write academic papers; and many other 'how to' topics;

Selected Publications

See Publications Page, group by author See Google Scholar

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