Michel Hohendanner is Research Associate at the Munich Center for Digital Sciences and AI (MUCDAI) of the Munich University of Applied Sciences and Doctoral Candidate at the Chair of Cyber Trust with Prof. Jens Grossklags at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In 2022, Michel was visiting Prof. Hirotaka Osawa’s Hai Lab at KEIO University, Tokyo, for two months for a Design Futuring project on the Metaverse. In 2020, he was a visiting researcher at the Kyoto Design Lab at the Kyoto Insititute of Technology for five months, doing research on design methods for promoting deliberative citizen dialogues under the supervision of Prof. Daijiro Mizuno.

His research focuses on the social impact of new emerging technologies like (generative) AI and social aspects of immersive technologies. His investigations are driven and informed by (speculative) design as method of inquiry, digital ethics, and human-computer interaction. As technology changes the social fabric of today’s societies, he puts a particular focus on participatory methods and citizen centric perspectives.

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since 2013 – Freelance Designer

2023 – Doctoral Candidate
Chair of Cyber Trust @ Technical University of Munich

2022 – Research Associate
Munich Center for Digital Sciences & AI (MUC.DAI) & the Faculty of Design (FK12) at University for Applied Sciences Munich

2021 – Research Associate
Institute for Digital Ethics at Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart

2020 – Researcher in Residence
Kyoto Design Lab (Kyoto Institute of Technology)

2020 – Advanced Design MA
University of Applied Sciences Munich

2017 – Fine Arts & Multimedia BA
(Minor: media informatics)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

2014 – Literature Studies BA (Comparative Literature)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

2013 – State-Certified Communications Designer
Designschule München


ORCID-ID 0000-0003-1560-9655

Hohendanner, M., Ullstein, C., Buchmeier, Y., & Grossklags, J. (2023) Exploring the Reflective Space of AI Narratives Through Speculative Design in Japan and Germany. Proceedings of the Third ACM International Conference on Information Technology for Social Good (GoodIT), forthcoming

Ullstein, C., Engelmann, S., Papakyriakopoulos, O., Hohendanner, M. & Grossklags, J. (2022). AI-Competent Individuals and Laypeople Tend to Oppose Facial Analysis AI. In: Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 9, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1145/3551624.3555294

Hohendanner, M., Ullstein, C. & Mizuno, D. (2021). Designing the Exploration of Common Good within Digital Environments: a Deliberative Speculative Design Framework and the Analysis of Resulting Narratives. In: SUPSI, HSLU, swissdesignnetwork (Hrsg.): Swiss Design Network Symposium 2021 Conference Proceedings: Design as Common Good / Framing Design through Pluralism and Social Values, S. 566-580.

Ullstein, C. & Hohendanner, M. (2020). Exploration of the Future of Co-Creative Systems Through Collaborative Speculative Design Practices. Presented at the International Conference on Computational Creativity 2020, Coimbra, 2020.


Imagining AI and a Prospective Metaverse: A Participatory Speculative Design Case Study from Japan and Reflections from Germany at the Many Worlds of AI Conference 2023, Cambridge, United Kingdom | with Chiara Ullstein

Cross-cultural perspectives on technology-driven future societies through the lens of collaborative speculative design. Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Human – Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Science and Fiction 2022 organized by Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) and Waseda University, Tokyo. Conference Program | with Chiara Ullstein and Yosuke Buchmeier


2022 & 2023: „Prozesse“ (Processes) at Munich University of Applied Sciences – Program: Design & Informatics, Content of Teaching: Design and Software Development processes through the conception of an application in the context of immersive technologies (2022), respectively generative AI (2023)

2023: „Designtheorie, Technik & Ethik“ (Designtheory, Technology and Ethics) at University of Wuppertal
Program: Industrial Design, Content of Teaching: Capacities and responsibilities of designers as decisive actors at the intersection of technology and society

2022: „Design & Digitale Ethik“ (Design & Digital Ethics) at Munich University of Applied Sciences
Program: Design, Content of Teaching: Capacities and responsibilities of designers as decisive actors at the intersection of technology and society

2021: „Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Präsentieren“ (Scientific Writing and Presentation) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU)
Program: Fine Art & Multimedia


Hohendanner, M. (2022): Design als Anwendungsfeld digitaler Ethik – Kompetenzen und Verantwortung einer Disziplin im medienethischen Diskurs. In: Selke, S. (Hrsg.): Zugluft Magazin #03 – Perspektiven auf den digitalen Wandel: „Digitaldialog 21“, Hochschule Furtwangen, S.114-117