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Mag.a Julia Himmelsbach Bakk.a

Mag.a Julia Himmelsbach Bakk.a


Junior Scientist


Technology Experience

Competence Unit

Technology Experience




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Field: Diversity Experience

Main Research: Diversity in HCI


Julia Himmelsbach has a background in communication and media science and sociology. Her main research interests include diversity-aware research and development with a special focus on gender, age, and social class, as well as the methodology of empirical (social) research and human-centered design processes. She gathered experience in European and national projects researching in the field of critical diversity studies in HCI, Active Assisted Living, moral courage and prosocial behavior, and social cohesion.

  • 2014-: Junior Scientist
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology / Austria
  • 2012-2015: Student assistant ("Fachtutorin")
    Department of Communication, University of Vienna / Austria
  • 2011-2014: HCI Researcher
    CURE - Center for Usability Research and Engineering / Austria
  • 2015-: Editorial member of the journal "medien & zeit"
    Arbeitskreis für historische Kommunikationsforschung (AHK); Department of Communication, University of Vienna / Austria
  • Since 2014: Board member of “under.docs – Fachtagung zu Kommunikation” [“under.docs – Conference on Communication”] which is dedicated to the research by the future generation of academics in the humanities and social sciences
  • Since 2017: Board member of the journal "medien & zeit. Kommunikation in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart [media & time. Communication in the past and present]" (Editor: Arbeitskreis für historische Kommunikationsforschung (AHK))


  • A Multi-lingual Evaluation of the vAssist Spoken Dialog System. Comparing Disco and RavenClaw;
    Dialogues withSocial Robots. Enablements, Analyses, and Evaluation

    Author(s): Olaso, J. M., Milhorat, P., Himmelsbach, J., Boudy, J., Chollet, G., Schlögl, S., Torres, M. I.
    Publisher: Springer; Singapore; 2016; 221-232; 978-981-10-2584-6
    Series: Kristiina Jokinen, Graham Wilcock; Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
  • Editorial;
    Von der Reflexion zur Dekonstruktion? Kategorien, Typen und Stereotype als Gegenstand junger Forschung [From reflection to deconstruction? Categories, Types and Stereotypes as the Subject of Recent Research]

    Author(s): Metzler, B., Himmelsbach, J., Bertel, D., Riedl, A. and Möller, L.
    Publisher: danzig & unfried; Vienna; 2017; 978-3-902752-41-3
    Series: Metzler, B., Himmelsbach, J., Bertel, D., Riedl, A. and Möller, L.
  • Engaging Bystanders Using Persuasive Technology: A Meta-analysis of Influencing Factors on Moral Courage;
    Persuasive Technology: Development of Persuasive andBehavior Change Support Systems

    Author(s): Röderer, K., Himmelsbach, J., Schwarz, S., Tscheligi, M
    Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Cham; 2019; 202–209; 978-3-030-17286-2
    Series: H. Oinas-Kukkonen, K. T. Win, E. Karapanos, P. Karppinen, & E. Kyza; Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Hands free – Care free: Elderly People taking Advantage of Speech-only Interaction
    Author(s): L. Wulf, M. Garschall, J. Himmelsbach, M. Tscheligi
    Conference 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Helsinki, Finland
    Proceedings ACM; Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational; 203-206
  • Enabling accessibility through multimodality? Interaction modality choices of older adults
    Author(s): J. Himmelsbach, M. Garschall, S. Egger, S. Steffek, M. Tscheligi
    Conference 14th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, Linz, Austria
    Proceedings ACM; Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia; 195-199
  • Look ahead and see the future: The Mental Model of Time and Implications for Customized User Interfaces for Older Adults
    Author(s): Wulf, L., Himmelsbach, J., Garschall, M.
    Conference SMARTER LIVES 18, Innsbruck
    Proceedings F. Piazolo, S. Schlögl ; Innovative Solutions for an ageing Society. Proceedings of SMARTER LIVES 18; 105-115
  • Design for Diversity through Critical Making
    Author(s): Himmelsbach, J., Puthenkalam, J., Garschall, M., Regal, G.
    Conference Technology Symposium 2018: Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young People, Alpbach
  • Questioning the User-Researcher Dualism: Premises of the Situatedness of Knowledge in HCI
    Author(s): Bertel, D., Himmelsbach, J.
    Conference ACM CHI´19 Workshop: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Exploring the Intersection of Philosophy and HCI, Glasgow
  • Enabling implementation decisions. Assessing the effectiveness of AAL: the case of EvAALuation and MAFEIP (joint session AAL/EIP on AHA)
    Author(s): Himmelsbach, J., Garschall, M., Ofner, R., Oberzaucher, J, Lupiáñez-Villanueva, F., Folkvord, F.
    Conference Workshop held at the AAL Forum 2019, Aarhus
  • Do We Care About Diversity in Human Computer Interaction: A Comprehensive Content Analysis on Diversity Dimensions in Research
    Author(s): Himmelsbach, J., Schwarz, S., Gerdenitsch, C., Wais-Zechmann, B., Bobeth, J.,Tscheligi, M.
    Conference ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'19), Glashow
    Proceedings ACM; Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’19); Paper 490

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