Workshop Organizers

Tanja Ertl (main contact) is a PhD student and research associate in Information Systems esp. IT for the Ageing Society, University of Siegen, where she is part of the CRC (Special Collaborative Research Center) “Media and Cooperation”. She focuses on vulnerable target groups with special interest in resilience, well-being and mental health.

Konstantin Aal is a PhD student and a research associate at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media, University of Siegen. He is part of come_ IN, a research project which founded several computer clubs for children and their relatives including refugees.

Franziska Tachtler is a PhD student and research associate at HCI Group, TU Wien. Her research focuses on the role of technology in promoting resilience of young asylum-seekers and their social-ecological systems. She works with young asylum-seekers, volunteer organizations and mental health service providers using participatory engagement methods.

Laura Scheepmaker is a PhD student at HCI Group, TU Wien. She investigates how participatory design (PD) efforts can result in more sustainable project outcomes, especially in the field of PD with children or neurodiverse populations.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller is assistant professor in business informatics/ IT for the Ageing Society at University of Siegen. Her expertise is in Participatory Design and Community Informatics for older adults, vulnerable user groups, and intergenerational settings, aiming at co-production of socio-technical systems strengthening autonomy, empowerment, social and digital participation and digital sovereignty.

Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf is a computer scientist with an interest in the area of IT system design in real-world contexts, which includes the development of innovative applications from the areas of cooperation systems, knowledge management and community support. Further research focuses on methods of user-oriented software development and introduction processes. He is head of the Institute for Information Systems and New Media at the University of Siegen.

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, IFIP TC-13 Pioneer Award recipient, and IFIP Fellow. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, with a particular interest in supporting wellbeing, community building and active engagement.

Nancy Smith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at Pratt Institute, NY, US, where she teaches in the Information Experience Design Program. Her primary research is focused on understanding the relationship between digital technologies and the environment, which includes work in urban informatics, animal-computer interaction, and speculative design.

Douglas Schuler is Professor Emeritus of the Evergreen State College in Washington State, US. Coming from a background of computer science, software engineering, AI research and collaborative work he has been working in the field of democratizing technology for 35 years. He was a longtime activist for Social Responsibility and a founder of the Seattle Community Network.