My publications:

I have published three textbooks and over 40 papers. This list contains a selection, focusing primarily on my work in Interactive Systems over the last 15 years.


Newman W. M. and Sproull R. F. (1/e 1973, 2/e 1979) Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics. McGraw-Hill, NY.

The first major text on interactive computer graphics.

Newman W. M. and Lamming M. G. (1995) Interactive System Design. Wokingham: Addison-Wesley.

A textbook on HCI and interactive system design that provides strong coverage of analytical techniques and of designing to meet the requirements of specific application domains.

Papers on Ubiquitous Computing

These two papers explored the novel idea of applying ubiquitous computing to building personal histories automatically from sensed data, e.g., from active badges, and thus taking a step towards creating a ‘human memory prosthesis.’

Lamming M. G. and Newman W. M. (1992) “Activity-based Information Retrieval: Technology in Support of Personal Memory.” Personal Computers and Intelligent Systems: Information Processing 92. Amsterdam: North Holland pp. 68-81.

Newman W. M., Eldridge M. A. and Lamming M. G. (1991) “Pepys: Generating Autobiographies by Automatic Tracking.” Proc. Second European Conf. on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work – ECSCW ’91. Kluwer, pp. 175-188.

Papers on Application Domains

Two workshop papers that describe and discuss problems I’ve observed in the workplace: over-running deadlines when writing, and management report writing.

Newman W. M. (2004) “Busy Days: Exposing Temporal Metrics, Problems and Elasticities through Diary Studies.” Presented at CHI 2004 Workshop on Temporal Issues in Work, Vienna, 26 April 2004.
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Newman W. M. (2005) “Management Reporting: A Benchmark Application for Sensemaking Research?.” Presented at CHI 2005 Workshop on making Sense of Sensemaking, Portland OR, 3-4 April 2005.
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Two short papers exploring ways of studying and modelling people’s work activities. They illustrate the insights to be gained from such studies.

Newman W. M., Eldridge M. A. and Harper R. H. R. (1996) “Modelling Last-minute Authoring: Does Technology Add Value or Encourage Tinkering?” Conference Companion, CHI ’96 Human Factors in Computing Systems (April 13-18, Vancouver BC) ACM/SIGCHI, N.Y., pp. 221-222.
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Eldridge M. A. and Newman W. M. (1996) “Agenda Benders: Modelling the Disruptions caused by Technology Failures in the Workplace” Conference Companion, CHI ’96 Human Factors in Computing Systems (April 13-18, Vancouver BC) ACM/SIGCHI, N.Y., pp. 219-220.
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Papers on Engineering and Performance Measurement

A pioneering and widely-referenced paper that contrasts Human-Computer Interaction research contributions with contributions to engineering disciplines, identifying HCI’s strong skew towards radical technologies and empirical findings. This study was my first step towards understanding how to bring an engineering approach to interactive system design.

Newman W. M. (1994). “A Preliminary Analysis of the Products of HCI Research, Based on Pro Forma Abstracts.” Proceedings of CHI ’94 Human Factors in Computing Systems (April 24-28, Boston, MA) ACM/SIGCHI, N.Y., pp. 278-284.
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Three further papers on engineering approaches to HCI, advocating the identification of application-specific critical parameters to help designers to offer measurable improvements to users, and thus avoid some of the pitfalls of radical design.

Newman W. M. (1997) “Better or Just Different? On the Benefits of Designing Interactive Systems in terms of Critical Parameters.” Proc. DIS ’97, Designing Interactive Systems (Amsterdam, 18-20 August), pp.239-245.
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Newman W. M. and Taylor A. S. (1999) “Towards a Methodology employing Critical Parameters to deliver Performance Improvements in Interactive Systems.” Interact ’99 Conf., pp. 605-612.
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Newman W. M. and Vincenti W. G. (2007) “An Engineering Use of Engineering History.”  Technology and Culture 48(1), pp. 245-247.
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Papers on Camera-based Scanning

Three papers reporting on the CamWorks project. The first describes how Wellner’s DigitalDesk was adapted to camera-based text capture, the second gives an overview of CamWorks, and the third reports on a project in which critical-parameter research was applied to improving the performance of the Camworks system.

Newman W. M. and Wellner P. (1992) “A Desk Supporting Computer-based Interaction with Paper Documents.” Proceedings of CHI ’92 Human Factors in Computing Systems (May 3-7, Monterey, CA) ACM/SIGCHI, N.Y., pp. 587-592.

Newman W. M., Dance C. R., Taylor A. S., Taylor S. A., Taylor M. J. and Aldhous A. (1998) “CamWorks: A Video-based Tool for Efficient Capture from Paper Source Documents.” Proc. IEEE Multimedia Systems ’99, Vol 2, pp. 647-653.
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Newman W. M., Taylor A. S., Dance C. R. and Taylor S. A. (2000) “Performance Targets, Models and Innovation in Interactive System Design” Proc. DIS 2000: Designing Interactive Systems (New York, 17-19 August 2000), pp. 381-387.
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Family History

Two articles, covering family members’ involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and with code-breaking at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

William Newman (2002). “Married to a Mathematician: Lyn Newman’s Life in Letters.” The Eagle 2002, St. John’s College Cambridge, pp. 47-55.
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William Newman (to appear, 2006). “Max Newman: Mathematician, Codebreaker and Computer Pioneer.” To appear in Copeland J., ed., Colossus: The First Electronic Computer. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Available soon: Author’s Cut, with extra material and pictures.


Posted November 20th, 2005 + plink