UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Ann Blandford

Prof Ann Blandford

Professor of Human Computer Interaction

Dept of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2002

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 Understanding Usability and Use on the MSc in Human–Computer Interaction with Ergonomics. In the past I have also taught on health informatics, safety critical systems and socio-technical systems design.


University College London
FHEA, Human-computer Interaction and Ergonomics | 2004
Open University
PhD, Artificial Intelligence and Education | 1991
University of Cambridge
BA Hons, Mathematics | 1979


I am Professor of  Human–Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, and Director of UCL Institute of Digital Health.
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.