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Authors’ Biographies
ANN BLANDFORD
Ann Blandford is Professor of Human–Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer
Science at UCL,and Director ofUCL Interaction Centre.Her researchfocuses on amplifying human
capabilities through design, including work on minimising cognitive slips and on sensemaking. An
important focus of her work has been on the use and usability of Digital Libraries, taking a multi-
disciplinary approach that considers the design of technology, the knowledge and motivations of
users, and the context within which information work takes place to develop a rich understanding of
the design and use of such systems. She has been technical Chair for conferences including IHM-
HCI 2001, HCI 2006, and NordiCHI 2010, and she has edited special issues of the International
Journal of Digital Libraries and Information Processing and Management.
SIMON ATTFIELD
Simon Attfield is a Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at UCL Interaction Centre, University
College London, where he has worked since receiving his PhD in 2005. His research interests
lie in understanding how people think and work with information and what this means for the
design of human-centred interactive systems. He has conducted numerous field and lab studies in
information interaction, including studies of national news organizations (The Times, ITN), legal
firms (Richards Butler, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) and NHS healthcare settings. He has also
consulted to news, legal and medical information providers; published internationally in numerous
peer-reviewed academic outlets; presented research internationally to both academic and commercial
audiences; and served on review committees for numerous international journals, conferences and
workshops.

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