About Me.

I am passionate about utilizing my design and analytical skill-set for developing technological solutions that are accessible to everyone. My work focuses on a holistic examination of complex problems. I have conducted co-design studies with people with diverse backgrounds such as unaccompanied migrant youths, volunteer helpers, psychologists and social workers in Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, and Austria.



Past Experiences


PhD with Distinction in Informatics at TU Wien, Austria

M.Sc. in Interaction Design (Two Year Master) at Malmö University, Sweden

B.A. in Fine Arts and Multimedia at LMU Munich, Germany


Tachtler, F. (2022). Promoting Resilience in Unaccompanied Migrant Youth: A Social-ecological Design Framework for Technology-enabled Support (PhD Thesis). TU Wien, Austria
Advisor: Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick (TU Wien, Austria), Second advisor: Dr. Petr Slovák (King’s College London, UK)

Tachtler, F. (2016). Best way to go? Intriguing citizens to investigate what is behind smart city technologies (Master Thesis). Malmö University, Sweden
Advisor: Per-Anders Hillgren (Malmö University, Sweden)

Tachtler, F. (2015). PeerRadio and PeerLight. Supporting elderly people in experiencing social moments from home (Master Thesis). Malmö University, Sweden
Advisor: Pelle Ehn (Malmö University, Sweden)


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: https://doi.org/10.1145/3411764.3445470, 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:https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376458, Honorable Mention (Premier HCI publication venue according to Google Scholar, Acceptance Rate: 23,8%)


Conference publications – Extended Abstracts:

Tachtler, F. (2017, June). Best Way to Go?: Intriguing Citizens to Investigate What Is Behind Smart City Technologies. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 28-33). ACM.

Koelemeijer, D., Tachtler (2016). Fear Division; Archiving the Intangible. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’16) (pp.309-312). ACM.

Guminski, K., Tachtler, F. (2013). Moment of Memory. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Entertainment Computing. Springer.


Workshop and Special Interest Group Proposals:

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. accepted for publication in: CHI ´21 Extended Abstracts, May 8-13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan“, ACM Digital Library, New York, NY, USA, 7 pages



Honorable Mention Award at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021) – top 5%

Honorable Mention Award at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020) – top 5%

Best Concept-Award in the Student Design Challenge at the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2014)


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) – TEAM (Technology Enabled Mental Health for Young People)

Max Weber-Program Scholarship of the Elite Network of Bavaria

Research grant for a Student Project at the Faculty of History and the Arts at LMU Munich, Germany