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.


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


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


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)


Organization of Conferences

Conference Co-Chair at 2nd Digital Child Mental Health Conference (2020), Barcelona, Spain

Program Committee member at Digital Child Mental Health Conference (2018), London, UK

Conference Co-Chair and Program Co-Chair for the 12th Student Interaction Design Research Conference (2016), Malmö, Sweden

Presentations, Participations, and Workshop Facilitation at International Conferences

E.g., ICEC 2013, TEI 2014, DIS 2016, CHI 2016/2018/2019/2020/2021, C&T 2019, MobileHCI 2020



Past Experiences

  • UX Researcher at Kyndryl Deutschland, Munich, Germany
  • Research Associate at HCI Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Visiting Lecturer in Interface Design and Physical Computing and in Scientific Thinking and Wirting at LMU Munich, Germany
  • Visiting Researcher, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, UK
  • Freelance Graphic and User Interface Designer, e.g., at  Payoneer Germany GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • Tutor for Processing, MakeyMakey and InDesign and working student at VideoOnline at LMU Munich, Germany
  • Working Student for Online Communication and Online Design at Allianz4Good, Allianz SE, Munich, Germany
  • European Volunteer as a Social Worker at an Institution for Unemployed Youths called Ung Resurs in Motala, 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


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)



re:publica 2017, Berlin, Germany

New Year’s Reception of the Max Weber-Program of the Elite Network of Bavaria, Munich, Germany



The Conference, Malmö, Sweden

Arduino Day, MINC, Malmö, Sweden

Somatic Archiving Symposium, Medea, Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Live, Malmö, Sweden

Echt[e] Zeit für Medienkunst, Munich, Germany



100 Word Pilgrimage, Munich, Germany



WEXEL, Munich, Germany

4m-art, Munich, Germany

Aaber Award, Munich, Germany