Vienna University of Technology


The university

Vienna University of Technology is the largest technical university in Austria and has been involved in numerous research projects in European and national levels. The Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology at the Vienna University of Technology seeks to merge sociological and other relevant social sciences research with a practical and methodological contribution to the design and implementation of information systems and technologies. The multidisciplinary group combines disciplines like psychology, sociology, informatics, medical-informatics, design, arts as well as interdisciplinary areas of Human Computer Interaction, User Centred Design, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, and Tangible User Interfaces. The research application area, specific to Ambient Assisted Living, is on end-user’s inclusion and participation, acceptance and adoption of new technologies, motivations and experiences of older users, ethics and social impact of ICT and aging. The group applies interdisciplinary, cutting-edge methodologies in order to conduct user requirement analysis, co-design of new technologies, participative design process, and field-based, short and long-term user studies. The research approach integrates ethnographic studies with concept development and the design and development of applications, followed by studies of the applications in use. The institute has also been involved in many research projects funded by European Commission and national funding bodies, like ACTION for Health concerned with social implications of information technology and its introduction into the health system, kommTUI as a national project on object-based, interactive communication to support social exchange of older people, FRR – Friendly Rest Rooms for Elderly People/Intelligent Toilet developed prototypes of new self adapting toilets which support older and disabled citizens, The Digital Hospital assessing modern telecommunication technologies in hospitals on example of Danube Hospital (SMZO) in Vienna. Vienna University of Technology is equipped with diverse laboratories and equipment facilities, which allows research to work with service oriented architectural technologies.

List of members


Hilda-1 Prof. Dr. Hilda Tellioğlu
Hilda is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology. As a computer scientist she has been involved with both research and teaching on: software engineering, design and development of information technology in networked (work) environments, computer support for co-operative work (CSCW) in systems design in health care work and in architectural planning, knowledge management, social networks, interaction design, tangible user interaction, gender issues in computer science. Her Habilitation thesis is about “Cooperative Work”. Currently, she is the coordinator of TOPIC (The Online Platform for Informal Caregivers), a European project funded by the AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) Program. She has published over 70 journal and conference papers and has experience managing research and industrial projects in national and international levels.


 Michael Glanznig, MSc

Michael is a predoctoral researcher at the Multidisciplinary Design Group, Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology. He holds a joint MSc in Cognitive Science from University of Vienna & University of Ljubljana and a BSc in Media & Computer Science from Vienna University of Technology. His research interests lie within human & user experience and methodology, here especially with in-situ/mobile data collection techniques.

 Elisabeth Gansberger-Wunder

Sissi supports the project in administrative matters. She is a trained youth worker where she specialized in working with migrants and asylum seekers and their artistically needs and talents. Her original background is (antiquarian) book selling.

Tamara Lenes

 Tamara Lenes (maternity leave)

Tamara supports the TOPIC Consortium with all its administrative issues. Before she joined the TOPIC project, she worked on international education cooperations between TUW and other higher education institutions. She has a background in architecture and has previously organised an international conference for the European Urban Research Association (EURA). She is also a certified tourist guide in Vienna.