Geraldine Fitzpatrick is a full Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and leads the Human Computer Interaction group at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology). She holds a PhD in CS&EE and an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She was previously Director of the Interact Lab at the University of Sussex, a User Experience consultant at Sapient London (a business and technology company), and a Senior Researcher at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre and the Centre for Online Health in Australia. Prior to undertaking her Information Technology degree at the University of Queensland in Australia, she worked in various clinical settings as a nurse/midwife. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, using mobile, tangible and sensor-based technologies in everyday contexts. Particular interest areas include how to support: collaboration and social interaction; social and emotional skills learning; selfcare, health and well-being; sustainability; and active engagement for older people. She has extensive experience in inter-disciplinary research projects, contributing expertise in the application of qualitative and mixed methods approaches to the design and evaluation of technologies in situ.
Geraldine is a member of the ACM Distinguished Member Committee, the ACM CHI Steering Committee (and previously the ACM CSCW Steering Committee). She has also served as: general co-chair of CHI2019, papers co-chair for CSCW2018, CHI2010 and CHI2011; Subcommittee co-chair CHI2009; Video co-chair CSCW2004; Showcase co-chair CSCW2011; Exploratory Papers co-chair PDC2006; Associate program chair CHI03, 05, 06, CSCW02, 06, 13; Doctoral Colloquium chair Ubicomp06, CSCW13, C&T13, Group14, Interact15. She is also the IFIP TC-13 Austrian representative. She has delivered over 30 invited keynote addresses at international conferences and forums, over 50 other invited scientific presentations, a TEDx talk, and invited lectures at numerous international summer schools. She has served on the editorial board of a number of journals. She has been/is also a member of various other steering committees, advisory boards and evaluation panels for international projects and informatics-related faculties. She is the founder and host of the Changing Academic Life podcast series.
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A short history of Human Computer Interaction: a people-centred perspective
Human Computer Interaction (HCI) has always been concerned with designing technologies and interactions from a people-centred perspective. However what this means has changed radically over the...
Changing Academic Life: sharing experiences and strategies
It doesn’t matter with whom you talk or what country or institution they come from, almost every academic will say that the nature of academic work is changing significantly and that the...
Designing eHealth technologies that work - lessons from HCI/CSCW research
The promises of IT for transforming healthcare have been around for decades, from single site electronic patient records in the 1970s, to recent large-scale national eHealth/electronic record...
Moving care into the home: reimagining mHealth, telecare and selfcare
Technology is seen as the critical enabler for moving care out of clinical settings into patients’ hands and homes, for empowering people to be active in their own health and well-being and...
Technology for older people is more than big buttons - designing technology for engagement
Who we think technologies are for, and how we design for them, can be radically influenced by how we think about people and their issues. This is particularly so with older people, where notions...
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