Katta Spiel researches marginalised perspectives on technology to inform critical design and engineering. Their work is situated at the intersection of Computer Science, Design and Critical Theory. Drawing on methods from (Critical) Participatory Design and Action Research, collaborations with neurodivergent and/or nonbinary folks have lead to the exploration of novel potentials for designs, methodological contributions to Human-Computer Interaction and innovative technological artefacts.
Astrid Weiss is one of Austria’s key figures in the interdisciplinary research area of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). She is regarded as one of the pioneers in the combination of empirical social research and robotics, both in co-designing the research area and in industry-related research. Currently, she is serving as expert consultant for the FFG project: RoboGen Gender-sensitive interaction with social robots.