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  • 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.
  • 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.














  • 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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