Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Geri Fitz) is a full professor and head of the Human Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. She holds a BInfTech (Hons) and a PhD in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, both from University of Queensland.
She is also a trained executive/personal coach, group facilitator/trainer, and meditation teacher, and brings an evidenced-based approach to this work through a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from UEL.
Geraldine cares about creating environments in which people can thrive. enabling individual growth, community and collaboration. This influences both her choice of research topics and her life’s work. She has played out this passion in multiple ways, setting up a student council at high school, starting studying social work, then working as a nurse and midwife, before doing a computer science degree and becoming motivated by the challenges of putting computing to work in everyday messy lives and exploring the intersections of social and technical sciences to solve these challenges.
She has worked in leadership positions in clinical settings, research organisations, industry and academia in Australia, the UK and now in Austria. She is an Aussie but thinks of herself as an international, having lived in Brisbane, Brussels, Dublin, Urbana-Champaign, London, Brighton and now in Vienna.
She has never been afraid to try something new where she sees a need, whether it was starting a local youth club, a self-paced training program for hospital operating theatre staff, a women-centred independent midwifery practice (with wonderful colleagues), or a PhD at the intersection of sociology and computer science in a very traditional computer science department. Starting this podcast series fits this pattern - the something new that is needed now is re-thinking how we can make our individual and collective experiences of academic life more sustainable and rewarding and what we can do to create broader change in the sector.
Apart from her usual academic work, she is a keynote speaker at many international conferences, a teacher at various training seminars and summer schools, and a facilitator of various Doctoral Colloquia, Early Career Development and Leadership Development Workshops, and a mentor/coach for academics. She has been/is on various Faculty evaluation panels and various International Advisory Boards.