Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Geri Fitz) is a full professor and head of the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology and the Human Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien (the official English name for our university that you might know better as Vienna University of Technology). She is also an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
Geraldine cares about creating environments for individual growth, community and collaboration, both as a research topic and her life’s work. She has played out this passion in multiple ways, setting up a student council at high school, studying social work after school, then working as a nurse and midwife, before doing a computer science degree and becoming fascinated 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 since worked in research organisations, industry and academia in Australia, the UK and now in Austria. She is an Aussie but thinks of herself as being 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 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 has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, a teacher at various training seminars and summer schools, and a facilitator of various Doctoral Colloquia. She has been/is on Faculty evaluation panels and various Advisory Boards. Geraldine is also a trained executive/personal coach, group facilitator, and meditation teacher.