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  • O’Hara, K., Sellen, A., Morrison, C., Berthouze, N. & Craig, C. (2016). Bodytracking and Healthcare. Morgan & Claypool.
  • O’Hara, K., Sellen, A. & Morrison, C. (Eds.), (2016). Special Issue on Healthcare and Bodytracking. Human-Computer Interaction.
  • Morrison, C., Huckvale, K., Corish, R., O’Hara, K., Kontschieder, P., Dorn, J., ASSESS MS Team, Criminisi, A., Sellen. A. (in press). Assessing Multiple Sclerosis with Kinect: Designing Computer Vision Systems for Real-World Use. Journal of Human Computer Interaction.
  • Hinckley, K., Heo, S., Pahud, M., Holz, C., Benko, H., Sellen, A. Banks, R., O'Hara, K., Smyth, G. and Buxton, W. (2016). Pre-Touch Sensing for Mobile Interaction. Proceedings of CHI 2016.
  • Cecchinato, M., Sellen, A., Shokouhi, M. & Smyth, G. Finding Email in a Multi-Account, Multi-Device World. (2016). Proceedings of CHI 2016. Best Paper Award
  • Sarkar, A., Morrison, C., Dorn FJ., Bedi R., Steinheimer, S., Boisvert, J., Burggraaff, J,. D’Souza, M., Kontschieder, P., Rota Bulo, S., Walsh, L., Kamm, ChP., Sellen, A. & Lindley, S. (2016). Setwise Comparison: Consistent, Scalable, Continuum Labels for Machine Learning. Proceedings of CHI 2016.
  • Luger, E. & Sellen, A. (2016). “Like Having a Really bad PA”: The Gulf between User Expectation and Experience of Conversational Agents. Proceedings of CHI 2016.
  • Carter, M. Velloso, E., Downs, J., Sellen, A., O’Hara, K. and Vetere, F. (2016). PathSync: Multi-User Gestural Interaction with Touchless Rhythmic Path Mimicry.  Proceedings of CHI 2016.
  • Yoon, D., Chen, N., Randles, B., Cheatle, A., Jackson, S., Loeckenhoff, C., Sellen, A., and Guimbretière, F. (2016). RichReview++: Deployment of a Collaborative Multi-Modal Annotation System for Instructor Feedback and Peer Discussion. Proceedings of CSCW.


  • Mentis, H., O’Hara, K., Gonzalez, G., Sellen, A., Corish, R., Criminisi, A. Trivedi, R. and Theodore, P. (2015). Voice or gesture in the operating room? In Proceedings of CHI 2015, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Morrison C., D’Souza M., Huckvale K., Dorn, J., Burggraaff, J., Kamm, C., Steinheimer, S., Kontschieder, P., Criminisi, A., Uitdehaag, B., Dahlke, F., Kappos, L., Sellen, A. (2015). Usability and acceptability of ASSESS MS: a system to support the assessment of motor dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis using depth-sensing computer vision. JMIR Human Factors, 2(1).
  • Watkins, R. D., Sellen, A., and Lindley, S. E. (2015). Digital collections and digital collecting practices. In Proceedings of the 33rd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI '15). ACM.
  • Yoon, D., Chen, C., Guimbretière, F., and Sellen, A (2015). RichReview: Blending Ink, Speech, and Gesture to Support Collaborative Document Review. UIST, 2015, ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, October 2015.
  • Zhang, Y., Stellmach, S., Sellen, A. & Blake, A. (2015). The Costs and Benefits of Combining Gaze and Hand Gestures for Remote Interaction. Proceedings of INTERACT.














  • Sellen, A.J. and Harper, R.H.R. (2002). The Myth of the Paperless Office. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. IEEE Award for Distinguished Literary Contribution
  • Sellen, A.J., Murphy, R. M., & Shaw, K. (2002). How knowledge workers use the Web. Proceedings of CHI 2002, Minneapolis, MN. New York: ACM Press, pp. 227-234. (Also appeared as a Hewlett-Packard Labs Technical Report, HPL-2001-241.)
  • Murphy, R.M. and Sellen, A.J. (2002). The Inspiration Watch. (video and abstract), Proceedings of Ubicomp, Sept. 2002, Goteberg, Sweden.
  • O'Hara, K., Taylor, A., Newman, W., and Sellen, A. (2002). Understanding the Materiality of Writing from Multiple Sources. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol. 56(3), pp. 269-305.
  • Byrne, A J, Sellen, A.J, Jones, J.G., Aitkenhead, A.R., Hussain, S., Guilder, F., Smith, H. & Ribes, P. (2002). Effect of Videotape Feedback on Anaesthetists’ Performance While Managing Simulated Anaesthetic Crises; A Multicentre Study. Anaesthesia.
  • Sellen, A.J. and Murphy, R. M. (2002). The future of the mobile Internet: Lessons from looking at Web use. Hewlett-Packard Labs Technical Report , HPL-2002-230.




  • Brown, B., Sellen, A., and O’Hara, K. (1999) A Diary Study of Information Capture at Work. Second Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices.
  • O'Hara, K., Sellen , A. J., and Bentley, R. (1999). Supporting Memory for Spatial Location while Reading from Small Displays. Proceedings of CHI '99, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Pittsburgh , PA.


  • Harper, R.H.R., O’Hara K. & Sellen, A. (1998). Cable & Wireless Marine: Phase I Report., Xerox Research Centre Europe, 61 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB, and Cable and Wireless Marine, Chelmsford, Essex. Confidential.
  • Sellen, A.J., Russell, J. and Senders, J.W. (1998). Identifying design deficiencies through anaesthetic incidents. Trans. on Multi-Disciplinary Engineering, Australia, Vol. GE21. The Inst.of Eng., Australia, pp. 57-66.
  • Adler, A., Gujar, A., Harrison, B., O’Hara, K., & Sellen, A.J. (1998). A diary study of work-related reading: Design implications for digital reading devices. Proceedings of CHI ‘98, ACM, New York, 241-248.
  • Byrne, A., Sellen, A.J. & Jones, J. G. (1998). Errors in the completion of anaesthetic record charts as a measure of anaesthetic performance. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 80, pp. 58-62.
  • O’Hara, K., Smith, F., Newman, W., & Sellen, A. (1998). Student readers’ use of library documents: Implications for digital library technologies. Proceedings of CHI '98, ACM, New York, 233-240.


  • Sellen, A.J (1997). Assessing video-mediated conduct: A comparison of different analytic approaches. In K. Finn, A. Sellen, & S. Wilbur (Eds.), Video-mediated Communication, NJ.: Erlbaum, 95-106.
  • Sellen, A.J., and Harper, R.H.R (1997). Video in support of organisational talk. In K. Finn, A. Sellen, & S. Wilbur (Eds.), Video-mediated Communication, NJ.: Erlbaum, 225-243.
  • Buxton, W. & Sellen, A.J., and Sheasby, M. (1997). Interfaces for multiparty videoconferences. In K. Finn, A. Sellen, & S. Wilbur (Eds.), Video-mediated Communication, NJ.: Erlbaum.
  • Heath, C., Luff, P., & Sellen, A.J. (1997). Reconfiguring media space: Supporting collaborative work. In K. Finn, A. Sellen, & S. Wilbur (Eds.), Video-mediated Communication, NJ.: Erlbaum.
  • Finn, K., Sellen, A.J., & Wilbur, S. (Eds.) (1997). Video-Mediated Communication, NJ.: Erlbaum.
  • Sellen, A.J., & Harper, R.H.R. (1997). Paper as an analytic resource for the design of new technologies. Proceedings of CHI ‘97 ( Atlanta, GA.) New York: ACM Press, 319-326.
  • Sellen, A.J., Louie, G., Harris, J. E., & Wilkins, A.J. (1997). What brings intentions to mind? An in situ study of prospective memory. Memory, Vol. 5, No. 4, 483-507.
  • Byrne, A., & Sellen, A.J. (1997). A new method of measuring anaesthetic “performance”. British Journal of Anaesthesia.
  • O’Hara, K., & Sellen, A.J. (1997). A comparison of reading on-line and paper documents. Proceedings of CHI ‘97 ( Atlanta, GA.) New York: ACM Press, 335-342.
  • Harper, R. H., O'Hara, K., Sellen, A.J., and Duthie, D. (1997). Toward the Paperless Hospital? A Case Study of Document Use by Anaesthetists. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 78, 762-767.


  • Harper, R. H. R., O’Hara, K. & Sellen, A. J. (1996) Documents in Action: A Case Study of Anaesthetists at Papworth Hospital, Rank Xerox and Papworth Hospital Trust. Confidential.
  • Sellen, A.J. and Harper, R.H.R. (1996). The International Monetary Fund: A Case Study of Paper in Organisational Life. RXRC Technical Report.
  • Sellen, A.J. and Harper, R.H.R. (1996). Can Workflow Tools Support Knowledge Work? A Case Study of the International Monetary Fund. RXRC Technical Report.


  • Heath, C., Luff, P., & Sellen, A.J. (1995). From video-mediated communication to technologies for collaboration: Reconfiguring media space. In S. Emmott (Ed.) Information superhighways: Multimedia users and futures, London: Academic Press. pp. 161-187.
  • Sellen, A.J. (1995). Remote conversations: The effects of mediating talk with technology. Human-Computer Interaction, Vol 10(4), 401-444.
  • Harper, R. H. R., & Sellen, A.J. (1995). Collaborative tools and the practicalities of professional work at the International Monetary Fund. Proceedings of CHI ‘95, Denver, CO., May 7-11. pp. 122-129.
  • Heath, C., Sellen, A.J., & Luff, P. (1995). Rethinking the virtual workplace: The need for flexible access in video-mediated communication. Proceedings of ECSCW '95, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 83-100.
  • Sellen, A.J. (1995). Affordances of Paper: Report on Phase I. RXRC Technical Report.
  • Harper, R.H.R., & Sellen, A.J. (1995). Paper-supported collaborative work. RXRC Cambridge Technical Report No. EPC-1995-109


  • Sellen, A.J. (1994). Detection of everyday errors. Applied Psychology: An International Review (Special issue on error detection), Vol. 43(4), 475-498.
  • Kabbash, P., Buxton, W., & Sellen, A. (1994). Two-handed input in a compound task. Proceedings of SIGCHI ‘94, Boston, MA..
  • Lamming, M., Brown, P., Carter, K., Eldridge, M., Flynn, M., Louie, G., Robinson, P., & Sellen, A. (1994). The design of a human memory prosthesis. Computer Journal , Vol. 37, No. 3, 153-163.
  • Sellen, A.J. Harper, R.H.R & Molloy, M. (1994) WAVE II : Report on Phase Two: Observations on the Use of Video Technology for "Pyramid," RXRC Cambridge, Confidential.
  • Button, G. Harper, R. Molloy, M. Sellen, A. (1994). WAVE II: Welwyn and Venray Audio Visual Environment , RXRC Cambridge, Confidential.


  • Bellotti, V. M. E. and Sellen, A.J. (1993). Design for privacy in ubiquitous computing environments. Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW), Milan, Italy, Sept. 13-17.
  • Gaver, W., Sellen, A., Heath, C. & Luff, P. (1993). One is not enough: Multiple views in a media space. Proceedings of INTERCHI ‘93, Amsterdam, April 24-29.
  • Kurtenbach, G.P., Sellen, A.J., and Buxton, W. (1993). An empirical evaluation of "marking menus". Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 8(1).
  • Runciman, W.B., Sellen, A.J., Webb, R.K., Williamson, J.A., Currie, M., Morgan, C., and Russell, W.J. (1993). Errors, incidents & accidents in anaesthesia. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Vol. 21(5), 506-519.
  • Williamson, J.A., Webb, R.K., Sellen, A.J., Runciman, W.B., & Van Der Walt, J.H. (1993). Human Failure: An analysis of 2000 incident reports. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Vol. 21(5), 678-683.
  • Currie, M., Mackay, P., Morgan, C., Runciman, W.B., Russell, W.J., Sellen, A.J., Webb, R.K., & Williamson, J.A. (1993). The “wrong drug” problem in anaesthesia: An analysis of 2000 incident reports. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Vol. 21(5), 596-601.


  • Sellen, A.J. and Norman, D.A. (1992). The psychology of slips. In B. J. Baars (Ed.), Experimental slips and human error: Exploring the architecture of volition. New York: Plenum Press, 317-339.
  • Sellen, A.J. (1992). Speech patterns in video-mediated conversations. Proceedings of CHI '92, Monterey, CA, May, pp. 49-59.
  • Sellen, A.J., Kurtenbach, G.P., and Buxton, W. (1992). The prevention of mode errors through sensory feedback. Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 7(2), pp. 141-164.
  • Eldridge, M., Sellen, A. & Bekerian, D. (1992). Memory problems at work: Their range frequency, and severity. RXRC Cambridge Technical Report No. EPC-1992-129
  • Sellen, A.J., Buxton, W.A.S. & Arnott, J. (1992). Using spatial cues to improve desktop video conferencing. 8 minute videotape. Presented at CHI '92, Monterey, CA. Toronto: Dynamic Graphics Project, Computer Systems Research Institute, University of Toronto.


1990 and earlier

  • Sellen, A.J. and Nicol, A. (1990). Building user centered on-line help. In B. Laurel (Ed.),The art of human-computer interface design. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Sellen, A.J., Kurtenbach, G.P., and Buxton, W. (1990). The role of visual and kinesthetic feedback in the prevention of mode errors. Proceedings of the Third IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, (INTERACT), Cambridge, England
  • Sellen, A.J. and Norman, D.A. (1989). Book Review: New Technology and Human Error. J. Rasmussen, K. Duncan, and J. Leplat (Eds.) American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 102(1), 113-122.
  • Chen, M., Mountford, S.J., and Sellen, A.J. (1988). A study in interactive 3-D rotation using 2-D control devices. Computer Graphics, Vol. 22 (4), 121-129.
  • Sellen, A.J. & Senders, J.W. (1987). Two sources of human error. Unpublished manuscript.
  • Senders, J.W., Moray, N.P., Smiley, A., and Sellen, A.J. (1985). Modelling operator cognitive interactions in nuclear power plant safety evaluation. (Tech. Rep. 02SQ 87055-3-4099). Ottawa: Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada.
  • Sellen, A.J. (1983). The applicability of mental workload measures to aircrew selection. (Tech. Rep.) Toronto: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.

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