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Prof Ann Blandford
66-72 Gower St
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  • Professor of Human Computer Interaction
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I am Professor of  Human–Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at UCL.

My first degree is in Mathematics, from Cambridge University, and my PhD is in Artificial Intelligence and Education, from the Open University. I started my career in industry as a software engineer, followed by a period managing the Computer Assisted Teaching Unit at QMUL. I gradually developed a focus on the use and usability of computer systems. In 1991, I joined the Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge as a research scientist, working on the AMODEUS project. I moved to Middlesex University, initially as a lecturer, and subsequently as Professor and Director of Research in Computing Science. I moved to UCL as a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and became a professor (again) in 2005. I lead the Human Factors research on several projects, most of them led by clinicians so that research is directly linked with practice. See my personal web page for details.

I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and am serving on the Executive of the UK Computing Research Committee and on the Computer Science panel for REF2021.

Research Summary

My research is on how to design effective interactive health technologies for citizens and clinicians. My particular expertise is evaluating complex systems "in the wild": e.g., studying human error and the use of information within the working context. I take a pragmatic approach to developing and applying theory in practice, recognising and working with the inherent "messiness" of the real world.

I am interested in both clinician and patient experience and how to design interactive technologies that improve patient care and experience.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach Human Factors for Digital Health and Qualitative Methods on the MSc in Human–Computer Interaction and contribute occasional lectures to other courses on various programmes. In the past I have also taught on user-centred design and evaluation methods, health informatics, safety critical systems and socio-technical systems design.

01-SEP-2010 – 31-AUG-2013 Visiting Professor Computer Science Swansea University, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2002 – 31-AUG-2017 Visiting Professor Computer Science Middlesex University, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
1991   Doctor of Philosophy Open University
1979   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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