About the Authors
Yvonne Rogers is a Professor of Interaction Design and director of UCLIC at UCL. She is also a visiting professor at the Open University, Indiana University and Sussex University. She has spent sabbaticals at Stanford, Apple, Queensland University, and UCSD. Her research focuses on augmenting and extending everyday learning and work activities with a diversity of novel technologies. She was one of the principal investigators on the UK Equator Project (2000-2007) where she pioneered ubiquitous learning. She has published widely, beginning with her PhD work on graphical interfaces to her recent work on public visualizations and behavioral change. She has also been awarded a prestigious EPSRC dream fellowship where she will rethink the relationship between ageing, computing and creativity.
Helen Sharp is Professor of Software Engineering at the Open University. She originally trained as a software engineer and has developed and maintained a variety of software applications for several years, watching the frustration of the systems' users and the clever 'work-arounds' they developed when the delivered systems did not support them. It was this experience that inspired her to investigate HCI, user-centred design, and the other related disciplines that now underpin the field of interaction design. Her research focuses on the intersection between interaction design and software engineering, working closely with practitioners to allow practical impact.
Jennifer Preece is Professor and Dean in the College of Information Studies - Maryland's iSchool - at the University of Maryland. Jenny's research focuses at the intersection of information, community, and technology. She is particularly interested in community participation on- and offl ine. She has researched ways to support empathy and social support online, patterns of online participation, reasons for not participating (i.e. lurking), strategies for supporting online communication, development of norms, and the attributes of successful technology-supported communities. Jenny is widely published and she is a regular keynote speaker on these topics. She was author of one of the first books on online communities: Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (2000).