molly jane nicholas

molly jane nicholas

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720


contact information

molecule [at] eecs [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

https://molecule.github.io/

github.com/molecule/

Google Scholar Profile

Twitter: @fakepaperclips



research interests

Molly Jane Nicholas is particularly interested in how technology can enhance, augment, and support remote shared experiences through copresence and shared attention. In particular she thinks about how the ‘liveness’ of an experience affects those participating, and what aspects of ‘liveness’ are best mediated by technology.


keywords

Human-Computer Interaction, Performance Studies, New Media, Creativity Support Tools, Maker Culture.


education

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Designated Emphasis in New Media

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Aug 2016 - (May 2022)

Advisor: Eric Paulos (EECS)


Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science and Cognitive Science

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Aug 2011 - May 2014


Professional Certificate, Clown Conservatory

San Francisco Circus Center, San Francisco, CA

Aug 2007 - May 2009


research experience

Graduate Student Researcher

Hybrid Ecologies Lab • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Advisor: Eric Paulos

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department

Aug 2016 - Present


Research Intern

Microsoft Research • Seattle, WA, USA

Manager: Ken Hinckley

Mentor: Nicolai Marquardt

Research

May 2021 - September 2021


Research Intern

Microsoft Research • Seattle, WA, USA

Manager: Ken Hinckley

Mentor: Mar Gonzalez-Franco

Research

May 2020 - September 2020


Research Intern

Snap, Inc. • Santa Monica, CA, USA

Manager: Rajan Vaish

Mentor: Brian Smith

Research

May 2019 - December 2019


Research Assistant and Lab Manager

CogEvoDevo Lab • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Advisor: Lucia Jacobs

Mentor: Mikel Delgado

Berkeley Psychology Department

Aug 2010 - Jan 2012


Research Assistant

Human Sleep Science Lab • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Advisor: Matt Walker | Mentor Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski

Berkeley Psychology Department

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010


selected professional experience

Stage Manager

Lunatique Fantastique • Berkeley, CA

Oct 2017 - Dec 2017


Engineer

Qualcomm, Inc. - Research and Development • San Diego, CA

Jun 2014 – Aug 2016


Engineer Intern

Qualcomm, Inc. - Research and Development • San Diego, CA

May 2013 - Aug 2013


Puppeteer

Bay Area Children’s Theatre • Berkeley, CA

Aug 2011 – Dec 2011


volunteer positions

Inventioneer

Invention Lab, CITRIS, UC Berkeley • Berkeley, CA

Jan 2017-Present

Inventioneer

Invention Lab, CITRIS, UC Berkeley • Berkeley, CA

April-June 2014

Geek In Residence

FabLab • San Diego, CA

Oct 2015-May 2016


publications

8 published papers, 5 under review

under review

Molly Jane Nicholas*, Sarah Sterman*, Janaki Vivrekar, and Eric Paulos. *both authors contributed equally. (C&C)

Sarah Sterman*, Molly Jane Nicholas*, and Eric Paulos. *both authors contributed equally. (CSCW)

Molly Jane Nicholas, Payod Panda, Eyal Ofek, Mar Gonzalez-Franco, Ken Hinckley, Jaron Lanier, Sean Rintel. (CHI)

Payod Panda, Mar Gonzalez-Franco, Molly Jane Nicholas, Kori Inkpen, Eyal Ofek, Ross Cutler, Jaron Lanier. (GROUP)

Ye Yuan, Nathalie Riche, Nicolai Marquardt, Molly Jane Nicholas, Teddy Seyed, Hugo Romat, Bongshin Lee, Michel Pahud, Jonathan Goldstein, Rojin Vishkaie, Christian Holz, Ken Hinckley. (CHI)


CHI (Human Factors in Computing Systems Community)

(1) César Torres, Jasper O'Leary, Molly Jane Nicholas, and Eric Paulos. 2017. Illumination Aesthetics: Light as a Creative Material within Computational Design. CHI'17. ACM, New York, NY, USA.

[<1% Best Paper Award, 25% acceptance]

BEST PAPER AWARD


(3) Christine Dierk, Molly Jane Nicholas, and Eric Paulos. 2018. AlterWear: Battery-Free Wearable Displays for Opportunistic Interactions. (CHI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA


(Workshop) Molly Jane Nicholas, Sarah Sterman, and Eric Paulos. CHI 2018. Between Technology and Nature: Blurring Boundaries in Outdoor HCI.


DIS (Designing Interactive Systems)

(6) Molly Jane Nicholas, Stephanie Claudino Daffara, and Eric Paulos. 2021. Expanding the Design Space for Technology-Mediated Theatre Experiences.(DIS '21). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2026–2038


(4) Cesar Torres, Sarah Sterman, Molly Jane Nicholas, Richard Lin, Eric Pai, and Eric Paulos. 2018. Guardians of Practice: A Contextual Inquiry of Failure-Mitigation Strategies within Creative Practices.(DIS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1259-1267.

[23% acceptance]


TEI (Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction)

(2) Christine Dierk, Sarah Sterman, Molly Jane Nicholas, and Eric Paulos. 2018. HäirIÖ: Human Hair as Interactive Material. (TEI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 148-157.


(5) César Torres, Molly Jane Nicholas, Sangyeon Lee, and Eric Paulos. 2019. A Conversation with Actuators: An Exploratory Environment for Hybrid Materials. (TEI '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA.


UIST (User Interface Software and Technology)

(7) Nicolai Marquardt, Nathalie Henry Riche, Christian Holz, Hugo Romat, Michel Pahud, Frederik Brudy, David Ledo, Chunjong Park, Molly Jane Nicholas, Teddy Seyed, Eyal Ofek, Bongshin Lee, William A. S. Buxton, Ken Hinckley. 2021. AirConstellations - In-Air Device Formations for Cross-Device Interaction via Multiple Spatially-Aware Armatures (UIST '21). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 148-157.


CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work)

(8) Molly Jane Nicholas, Brian Smith, Rajan Vaish. 2021. Friendscope - Exploring In-the-Moment Experience Sharingon Camera Glasses via a Shared Camera (CSCW '22). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 148-157.


reports and blogs

“From STEM to STEAM: Young artists can become engineers, too”. Molly Jane Nicholas, Qualcomm, Inc. 4 May 2016.

“Grace Hopper conference celebrates women in computing“. Molly Jane Nicholas, Qualcomm, Inc., 23 October 2015.

invited talks

Artivive: Incorporating Augmented Reality into the arts. Invited Speaker, December 2019

Artivive: Incorporating Augmented Reality into the arts. Invited Speaker, November 2019

Artivive: Incorporating Augmented Reality into the arts. Invited Speaker, October 2019

“Wearable Computing: What the future holds”. Invited Speaker, ARCS Symposium, May 2018

Panelist, Maker Faire '17.

Panelist, "Applying to the NSF", Department presentation, Oct 2018,

in the press

“HäirIÖ: An Interactive Extension of the Self“. Kristina Panos, Hackaday, 29 March 2018

“These interactive hair extensions can communicate over Bluetooth“. Arduino Team, Arduino, 20 March 2018

“HäirIÖ Turns Hair Extensions into an Interactive Medium”. Jeremy S. Cook, Hackster.io, 19 March 2018

“NeoPixels for Fauxhawks and Other Hair Fun WearableWednesday". Leslie Birch, Adafruit, 28 October 2015.


teaching

Jan 2020

Graduate Student Instructor (Critical Making), Graduate-level course, UC Berkeley [28 participants].

Nov 2019

Workshop lead (Authoring Augmented Reality), Faculty and Staff continuing education, UC Berkeley [7 participants].

Oct 2019

Workshop lead (Authoring Augmented Reality), Faculty and Staff continuing education, UC Berkeley [4 participants].

Oct 2016

Workshop lead (Crafting electronics), Athena Awards community workshop, UC Berkeley [40 participants].

Jan 2016

Workshop lead (Sewable Circuits Workshop), Qualcomm QWCC Conference, Qualcomm, [80 participants].

Jan 2016

Workshop lead (Circuit Stickers), Tech talk speaker (CS and EE), Latina Giving Circle, Qualcomm [40 participants].

Jan 2016

Workshop lead (Sewable Circuits), Qualcomm DECA Conference, Qualcomm [50 students].

Oct 2015

Event lead (Qbadge event), Speaker, Qualcomm HardWEAR Shindig, Grace Hopper [50 participants].

Oct 2015

Speaker (You++ [Resume Critique]), Student Opportunity Lab, Grace Hopper [125 participants].

Aug 2015

Panelist (Women in CS), Hackathon mentor, EmpowHERment Conference, Qualcomm [50 participants].


mentorship

HCI Research

Jessie Mindel (BCNM Research Fellow, 1 year)

HCI Research

Arianna Ninh (BCNM Research Fellow, 2 years)

GPS

Three scholars.

LAGSES Fellowship

Three scholars


service

reviews

42 reviews total as of 2020. CHI ‘16 - '21, DIS '16 - '21, TEI '18 - ’19, C&C '19-'21.


special recognition for outstanding reviews

DIS 2020 (1), CSCW 2021 (2), IMWUT 2021 (1), DIS 2021 (1), UIST 2021 (1)


student volunteer

CHI '18, C&C/DIS '19

institutional service

Graduate admissions panel, College of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley, CA

Officer, Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE) 2018-2019, UC Berkeley, CA

Organizer, Semester Reading Parties. Increased participation from 8 to over 30, from four different departments across campus.

HCI Faculty Search Committee, School of Information '18, CS '18


awards and fellowships

Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2018 “Wearable Interfaces Inspired by Performance Studies”

ARCS Scholar, Jane Fuller Gillespie Memorial Scholar, 2014

Snap Research Fellow, 2019. Awarded based on "the relevance and quality of their research, their technical and communication skills, and their understanding of how research initiatives can inspire future innovation at Snap."

Research Awards

Best Paper ACM CHI'17, Illumination Aesthetics.

© 2021 / Molly Jane Nicholas / email