Ann Blandford

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Ann Blandford

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Alma mater
AwardsSuffrage Science award (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsHuman–Computer Interaction
Human factors
Patient safety
Information interaction[1]
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Middlesex University
ThesisDesign, decisions and dialogue (1991)
Doctoral advisorEileen Scanlon
Mark Elsom-Cook[2] Edit this at Wikidata

Ann Blandford FHEA is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at University College London (UCL).[3][1][4] She serves as deputy director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering.[5] Her research focuses on behaviour change, well-being, and human errors in the field of healthcare.[6][7]


Blandford graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Cambridge. She worked as a software engineer before pursuing a PhD in artificial intelligence (AI) and education at the Open University supervised by Eileen Scanlon and Mark Elsom-Cook.[2][7]

Career and research[]

Blandford previously served as professor at the interaction design centre at Middlesex University from 1995 to 2001.[citation needed]

Blandford has served as professor in human-computer interaction at UCL since 2002, where her research has involved studies of serendipity, leading to a proposal for a new definition of the phenomenon.[8] With Stephann Makri she worked to further refine their classification of "serendipitous occurrences".[9] Her current[when?] work covers HCI research in digital health, including challenges of interdisciplinarity.[10]

Awards and honours[]

In 2016, Blandford became one of the first 12 women to receive a Suffrage Science award for contributions to the field of maths and computing.[11]


  1. ^ a b Ann Blandford publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Blandford, Ann (1991). Design, decisions and dialogue. (PhD thesis). Open University. doi:10.21954/ OCLC 556435328. EThOS
  3. ^ Ann Blandford at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Anne Blandford's ORCID 0000-0002-3198-7122
  5. ^ "Ann Blandford". UCL Interaction Centre.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Ann Blandford". UCL Psychology and Language Sciences. January 29, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b "Ann Blandford". The Interaction Design Foundation. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Serendipity is more than a 'happy accident', researchers say". October 5, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Andrew, Liam (July 16, 2014). "I'm feeling lucky: Can algorithms better engineer serendipity in research — or in journalism?". Retrieved October 3, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Blandford, Ann; Gibbs, Jo; Newhouse, Nikki; Perski, Olga; Singh, Aneesha; Murray, Elizabeth (2018). "Seven lessons for interdisciplinary research on interactive digital health interventions". Digital Health. 4. doi:10.1177/2055207618770325. PMC 6016567. PMID 29942629.
  11. ^ "Celebrating women in science on Ada Lovelace Day 2016". May 6, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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