Kenton O'Hara

 

 

 

 

Kenton works in the Socio Digital Systems Groups at Microsoft Research Cambridge and is also a Visiting Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Bristol. His research explores everyday social and collaborative practices with technology with a view to informing design and innovation. His most recent research has focused on user experiences and practices with “touchless” gestural interaction technology in a variety of areas such as surgery, urban displays and everyday desktop computing. Over the years, his research has investigated new technologies in a variety of domains including the home, mobile environments, urban settings and the workplace. Kenton has authored over 90 publications and two books on public displays and music consumption. He has previously worked as a Senior Principal Scientist at CSIRO and as Director of the HxI Initiative in Australia as well as being a Senior Researcher at Xerox EuroPARC, HP Labs and the Appliance Studio. 

 

Publications

2013

O’Hara, K., Mentis, H. Sellen, A. et al (in press) Touchless Interaction in Surgery. In Communications of the ACM. Email Kenton O'Hara for pre-print.

 

Joppa, L., McInerny, G., Salido, L., Takeda, K., O’Hara, K., Richard Harper, R. and Emmott, S. (in press) Policy Implications of Software Driven Science. In  Science.

 

O’Hara, K., Harper, R., Mentis, H. Sellen, A. and Taylor, A. (2013). On the naturalness of touchless: putting the “interaction” back into NUI. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

 

Vongsathorn, L., O’Hara, K. and Mentis, H. (2013) Bodily Interaction in the Dark. In Proceedings of CHI 2013.

 

Paay, J., Kjeldskov, J. Skov, M. and O’Hara (2013) Cooking Together: A Digital Ethnography on YouTube. Interact 2013.

 

Hupfeld, A., Sellen, A., O’Hara, K. and Rodden, T. (2013) The Place of E-Book Reading in Everyday Life. Interact 2013

 

Jamil, I., Perry, M., Subramanian, S., and O’Hara, K. (2013) Dynamic Spatial Positioning: Physical Collaboration Around Interactive Tables by Children in India. Interact 2013.

 

2012

O’Hara, K. Helmes, J., Bhomer, M., Sellen, A., Hoven, E. van den and Harper, R. (2012) Food for Talk: phototalk in the context of sharing a meal. In Human-Computer Interaction, (1-2), pp. 124-150.

 

Mentis, H., O’Hara, K., Sellen, A. and Trivedi, R. (2012) Interaction Proxemics and Image use in Neurosurgery. In Proceedings of CHI 2012.

 

Comber, R., Ganglbauer, E., Hee-jeong Choi, J., Hoonhout, J., Rogers, Y., O’Hara, K. and Maitland J. (2012) Food and Interaction Design: Designing for Food in Everyday Life. In CHI 2012.

 

Freeman, D., Hilliges, O., Sellen, A., O'Hara, K., Izadi, S. and Wood, K. (2012) The Role of Physical Controllers in Motion Video Gaming. In Proceedings of DIS 2012.

 

Jamil, I., Perry, M., Subramanian, S., and O’Hara, K. (2012) Group Interaction on Interactive Multi-touch Tables by Children in India. In Proceedings of IDC 2012.

 

2011

O’Hara, K., Kjeldskov, J. and Paay, J. (2011) Blended Interaction Spaces. In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 18(1).

 

Paay, J., Kjeldskov, J. Skov, M. and O’Hara, K. (2011) Spooning in the Kitchen. In Proceedings of The Body in Design.

 

Sundström, P., Taylor, A., O’Hara, K. (2011) Sketching in Software and Hardware: Bluetooth as a Design Material. In Proceedings of MobileHCI 2011, Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Helmes, J., O’Hara, K., Villar, N., Cao, X. and Taylor, A. (2011) Meerkat and Tuba: design alternatives for randomness, surprise and serendipity in reminiscing. In Proceedings of Interact 2011.

 

Johnson, R., O’Hara, K., Sellen, A., Cousins, C. and Criminisi, A. (2011) Exploring the Potential for Touchless Interaction in Image-Guided Interventional Radiology. In Proceedings of CHI 2011. Honourable Mention Award.

 

O’Hara, K., Sellen, A., and Harper, R. (2011) Embodiment in Brain-Computer Interaction. In Proceedings of CHI 2011.

 

Jamil, I., Perry, M., Subramanian, S., and O’Hara, K. (2011) The effects of interaction techniques on talk patterns in collaborative peer learning around interactive tables. In Proceedings of CHI 2011.

 

Paay, J., Kjeldskov, J. and O’Hara, K. (2011) BISi: a Blended Interaction Space. In Proceedings of CHI 2011. Honourable Mention Award

 

Deterding, S., Sicart, M. Nacke, L. O’Hara, K. and Dixon, D. (2011) Gamification: Using Game-Design Elements in Non-Gaming Contexts. CHI 2011.

 

2010

Robertson, T., Li, J., O’Hara, K. and Hansen, S. (2010) Collaboration within Different Settings: A Study of Collocated and Distributed Multidisciplinary Medical Team Meetings. In Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19(5), pp. 483-513.

 

Perry, M., Subramanian, S. O'Hara, K., (2010) WaveWindow: Supporting performative gestural interaction in a public setting. In Proceedings of ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010.

 

Helmes, J., Bhomer, M., O’Hara, K. and Hoven, E. van den (2010) 4Photos: A Collaborative Photo Sharing Experience. In Proceedings of NordCHI 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

O'Hara, K., (2010) Interactivity and Non-Interactivity on Tabletops. In Proceedings of CHI ’10, Atlanta, GA, USA.

 

Mueller-Tomfelde, C. and O’Hara, K. (2010) Horizontal Surfaces in Media Space Assemblies. In Mueller Tomfelde, C. (Ed) Tabletops - Horizontal Interactive Displays. Spinger Verlag.

 

2009

Li, J. and O’Hara, K. (2009) Understanding Distributed Collaboration in Emergency Animal Disease Response. In Proceedings of OzCHI ’09, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Broughton, M., Paay, J. Kjeldskov, J. and O’Hara, K. (2009) Designing Blended Interaction Spaces. In Proceedings of OzCHI ’09, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Kjeldskov, J., Paay, J., O'Hara, K., Smith, R. and Thomas, B. (2009) FrostWall: a Dual-Sided Situated Display for Informal Collaboration in the Corridor. In Proceedings of OzCHI ’09, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Brown, B., O’Hara, K., Kindberg, T. and Williamson, A. (2009) Crowd-Computer Interaction. In Proceedings of CHI ’09 Boston, USA.

 

Willis, K. S., O’Hara, K., Giles, T. and Marienek, M. (2009) Sharing Knowledge about Places as Community Building. In Willis, K.S., Roussos, G. Chorianopoulos, K. and Struppek, M. (Eds) Shared Encounters. Springer.

 

O’Hara, K. and Glancy, M. (2009) Watching in Public: understanding audience interaction with Big Screen TV in urban spaces. In Cesar, P. Geerts, D. and Chorianopoulos, K. (Eds) Social Interactive Television: Immersive Shared Experiences and Perspectives. Information Science Publishing.

 

O'Hara, K., Slayden Mitchell, A. and Vorbau, A. (2009) Social properties of Mobile Video. In Marcus, A. and Sala, R. (Eds) Beyond Mobile TV: Mobile Storytelling, Creation, and Sharing. Springer.

 

O’Hara, K. (2009) Reflections on Mobile Video Telephony and Media Spaces. In Harrison, S. (Ed) Media Spaces 20 Years on. Springer.

 

2008

O’Hara, K., Glancy, M. and Robertshaw, S. (2008) Understanding Collective Play in an Urban Screen Game. In Proceedings of CSCW ’08, San Diego, USA.

 

O’Hara, K., Grian, H. and Williams, J (2008) "Participation, Collaboration and Spectatorship in an Alternate Reality Game" In Proceedings of OzCHI ’09, Cairns Australia.

 

O'Hara, K., (2008) Understanding Geocaching Practices and Motivations. In Proceedings of CHI ‘08, Florence, Italy

 

2007

O'Hara, K., and Kindberg, T., (2007) Understanding user engagement with barcoded signs in the “Coast” location-based experience. In Journal of Location Based Services, 4(1), 256-273.

 

O'Hara, K., Kindberg, T., Glancy, M., Baptista, L. Sukumaran, B., Kahana, Gil. Rowbotham, J. (2007) Collecting and sharing location-based content on mobile phones in a zoo visitor experience. In Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 16(1-2), 11-44.

 

O'Hara, K., Slayden Mitchell, A., Vorbau, A. (2007) Consuming Video on Mobile Devices. In Proceedings of CHI '07, San Jose, CA, USA. Best Paper Award

 

O'Hara, K., Kindberg,T., Glancy, M., Baptista, L. Sukumaran, B., Kahana, Gil. Rowbotham, J. (2007) Social Practices in Location-Based Collecting. In Proceedings of CHI '07, San Jose, CA, USA.

 

Vorbau, A., Slayden Mitchell, A. and O'Hara, K. (2007) My iPod is my Pacifier: An Investigation on the Everyday Practices of Mobile Video Consumption. In Proceedings of HotMobile 2007.

 

2006

O’Hara, K. and Brown, B (2006) Consuming Music Together: Social and collaborative aspects of music consumption technologies. Springer

 

Black, A. and Lipson, M. (2006) Everyday Practices with Mobile Video Telephony. In Proceedings of CHI '06, Montreal, Canada.

 

O’Hara, K., Lipson, M., Jansen, M., Unger, A., Jeffries, H. and Macer, P. (2006) Distributing the Process of Music Choice in Public Spaces. In O'Hara, K. and Brown, B. (Eds) Consuming Music Together. Dordrecht: Springer.

 

2005

Spinelli, G., Perry, M., and O'Hara, K. (2005) Understanding complex cognitive systems: the role of space in the organisation of collaborative work. Cognition Technology and Work, 7(2), 111-118.

 

O’Hara, K., Harper, R., Unger, A., Wilkes, J., Sharpe, B. and Jansen, M. (2005) TxtBoard: from text-to-person to text-to-home. In Proceedings of CHI '05, Portland, OR, USA.

 

O’Hara, K., Harper, R., Unger, A., Wilkes, J., Sharpe, B. and Jansen, M. (2005) Text Messaging to the Home with TxtBoard. In Proceedings of HCII '05, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

 

Gellersen, H., Kindberg, T., O'Hara, K. and Pederson, T. (2005) UbiPhysics: Designing for physically integrated interaction. In Extended Abstracts of UbiComp 2005, Tokyo, Japan.

 

2004

 O’Hara, K., Lipson, M., Jansen, M., Unger, A., Jeffries, H. and Macer, P. (2004) Jukola: Democratic Music Choice in a Public Space. In Proceedings of DIS 2004.

 

2003

Brown, B and O’Hara, K. (2003) Place as a practical concern of mobile workers. Environment and Planning A, 35, 1565-1587.

 

O’Hara, K., Perry, M., Churchill, E. and Russell, D. (2003) Public and Situated Displays: Social and interactional aspects of shared display technologies. Kluwer.

 

Perry, M., O'Hara, K., Spinelli, G. and Sharpe, B. (2003) The role of space in socially distributed cognition: some issues for cognitive engineering. 25th Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science society (Cogsci 2003), Boston, USA.

 

O’Hara, K., Perry, M. and Lewis, S. (2003) Social Coordination Around a Situated Display Appliance. In Proceedings of CHI ’03 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

 

O’Hara, K. and Perry, M. (2003) Understanding user centred opportunities for supporting consumer behaviour through handheld and ubiquitous computing. In Proceedings of HICCS-36, IEEE Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

 

Perry, M. and O’Hara, K. (2003) Display-Based Activity in the Workplace. In Proceedings of Interact ’03, Zurich Switzerland.

 

O’Hara, K., Brown, B. and Perry, M. (2003) Mobile work, technology and place. In Proceedings of Mobile Communication: Social and Political Effects, Budapest, Hungry.

 

O’Hara, K., Perry, M. and Lewis, S. (2003) Situated Web Signs For Socially Mediated Space Management: Understanding social coordination around a room reservation display appliance. In O’Hara, K., Perry, M., Churchill, E. and Russell, D. (Eds) Public and Situated Displays. Social and Interactional aspects of shared display technologies. Kluwer.

 

2002

O'Hara, K., Taylor, A., Sellen, A. and Newman, W. (2002) Understanding the Materiality of Writing while Reading from Multiple Sources. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 56, 269-305.

 

O’Hara, K., Perry, M., Churchill, E. and Russell, D. and Streitz (2002) Public, Community and Situated Displays: Design, use and interaction around shared information displays. In CSCW ‘02 New Orleans, LO.

 

O’Hara, K. and Perry, M. (2002) Using a situated display appliance for socially mediated space management. In Workshop on Public Community and Situated Displays, CSCW ‘02 New Orleans, LO.

 

2001

Perry, M., O’Hara, K., Sellen, A., Brown, B. and Harper, R. (2001) Dealing with mobility: understanding access anytime, anywhere. ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 8 (4), 323-347.

 

Perry, M., O'Hara, K., Sellen, A. Harper, R. & Brown, B.A.T. (2001) Research alert - Dealing with mobility. ACM Interactions: November/December 2001, 9-11. NY: ACM Press.

 

O’Hara, K. and Brown, B. (2001) Designing CSCW Technologies to Support Tacit Knowledge Sharing Through Conversation Initiation. In Workshop on Managing Tacit Knowledge, ECSCW 2001 Bonn, Germany.

 

O’Hara, K., Perry, M., Sellen, A., and Brown, B. (2001) Exploring the relationship between mobile phone and document activity during business travel. In Brown, B., Green, N. and Harper, H. (Eds) Wireless word: social and interactional implications of wireless technology. Springer Verlag.

 

O’Hara, K., and Perry, M. (2001) Shopping Anytime Anywhere. Proceedings of CHI '01, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seattle, WA.

2000 and earlier

 

Brown, B., Sellen, A., and O’Hara, K. (2000) Opportunities and barriers to portable document scanning. Personal Technologies, 4, 73-85.

 

2000 and earlier

Brown, B., Sellen, A., and O’Hara, K. (2000) A Diary Study of Information Capture in Working Life. Proceedings of CHI 2000, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, The Hague.

 

O’Hara, K., Perry, M., Sellen, A., and Brown, B. (2000) Exploring the relationship between mobile phone and document use during business travel. Proceedings of Wireless World: Social Cultural and Interactional Issues in Mobile Communications and Computing, Surrey, UK.

 

O'Hara, K. and Payne, S. J. (1999) Planning and the User Interface: The Effects of Lockout time and Error Recovery Cost. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 50, 41-59.

 

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.

 

O'Hara, K. and Payne, S. J. (1998) The Effects of Operator Cost of Planfulness of Problem Solving and Learning. Cognitive Psychology, 35, 34-70.

 

Adler, A., Gujar, A., Harrison, B., O'Hara, K., and Sellen, A. J. (1998) A Diary Study of Work-Related Reading: Design Implications for Digital Reading Devices. Proceedings of CHI '98, Los Angeles, CA.

 

O'Hara, K., Smith, F., Newman, W. and Sellen, A. J. (1998) Student Readers' Use of Library Documents: Implications for Library Technologies. Proceedings of CHI '98, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Los Angeles, CA

 

O'Hara, K. and Sellen, A. J. (1997) A Comparison of Reading Paper and On-Line Documents. Proceedings of CHI '97, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Atlanta, GA.

 

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. 

 

O'Hara, K. and Payne, S. J. (1996) Contingent Plan-Based and Display-Based Problem-Solving Strategies. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Thinking, London, August 1996.

 

O'Hara, K. (1994) Cost of Operations Affects Planfulness of Problem-Solving Behaviour. Auxiliary Proceedings of CHI '94, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Boston, MA, p105-106.

 

 

 

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