Organizers

Markus Garschall, Expert Advisor at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, has many years of experience researching the relationship between humans and technology. He has participated in and led several national and European research projects related to the topic of active and healthy ageing. In his research he focuses on the design and evaluation of multi-modal user interfaces and the role of technlology in enabling social innovation. Markus is leading a working group on challenges in designing for an ageing society within the national innovation platform AAL Austria.

Theodor Hamm (University of Siegen) has Masters Degree in applied philosophy and a MBA from the Open University (UK). After working in IT and Treasury Management he changed his track and now has a keen interest in the changing ageing society. He has worked successfully in a project in developing a communication platform with technology non-affine persons. His further interest lies in the ethical challenges of design and incorporation technology in everyday life.

Dominik Hornung is a research associate in the area of IT for the Aging Society at University of Siegen, where he has done his master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction. His interests include technology appropriation by and Participatory Design with inexperienced people. Additionally, he’s the co-founder of the local Fab Lab in Siegen and engaged in topics around digital fabrication, Making and DIY.

Claudia Müller is assistant professor at the department of information systems at University of Siegen, Germany, with focus on “IT for the ageing society”. In 2013 she received her PhD at University of Siegen and was rewarded with the faculty’s Althusius award for young academics; Title of her thesis:” IT design for the ageing society: between images of age and ageing and their operationalization into design decisions”. With a background in cultural anthropology, medical history and medical ethnology Claudia subsequently follows a socio-cultural perspective on the development and appropriation of new technologies in home care and everyday contexts since many years. Her particular research interest is in developing appropriate research methods for co-designing with technology non-affine persons, e.g. to adapt the Living Lab methodology to the respective contexts.

Katja Neureiter is a Research Fellow at the Center for Human Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg. She has done her master degree in Sociology and focuses in her PhD on the interrelationship between Social Presence and Social Capital (e.g., how to foster social connectedness through Social Presence via ICTs, i.e. video mediated communication systems). Moreover, she is engaged in various projects in the area of Active and Assisted Living.

Maren Schorch is a research associate and leader of the EU-project TOPIC (The Online Platform for Informal Caregivers) at the University of Siegen, Germany. In this project, her research is focused on an ethnography with elderly, informal caregivers in a rural area in Germany and the collaborative development of a support platform. She holds Master’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Trier, Germany and she worked as a research assistant and lecturer in Sociology and qualitative social research methods at the Universities of Trier and Bielefeld. Her main research interests and publications are in qualitative social research, biographies and identity, focusing on the way how people deal with extreme events, health and sickness as well as Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).

Lex van Velsen is a Senior Researcher at Roessingh Research and Development at the cluster Telemedicine, where he holds a research line in requirements engineering for telemedicine services. His expertises include human-centered design, requirements engineering, and information design, especially focused on the telemedicine context. He has participated in and led numerous design projects in the eHealth and eGovernment domain, both on a national and international level. He is associate editor for BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.