Toni Michel - ESR 8, Technical University Vienna
Probably unlike many of the PhD candidates in TEAM my primary background is not in psychology. Instead I’m trained as a visual designer and engineer. Most of my previous work revolved around user interface design and user experience design. Companies I worked for include Bosch, Daimler and Fraunhofer Institute. Topics I worked on include the development of control systems for large scale heating systems, graph database applications and software to handle crisis situations (as part of EU Driver-Project).
On top of my Bachelor degree in Information Design I just recently acquired a Master degree in Interactive Systems and Games from Stuttgart Media University.
Within TEAM I’ll be developing a technological toolkit to support resilience in migrant youth. That means figuring out technological approaches to support making migrant youth more resistant to mental health risk factors that come with their life circumstances. One of the big challenges for me will therefore be to get a working understanding of the psychology involved in situations like this. Another will be figuring out new and potent ways to use technology in this regard.
I’m very excited for all the challenges ahead.