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 is particularly interested in exploring how the performing arts and technology can combine in new and interesting ways.


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 Assistant and Lab Manager

CogEvoDevo Lab • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Advisor: Lucia Jacobs

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

4 papers, 1 first-author, 1 under review

under review

Molly Jane Nicholas, Sarah Sterman, Christine Dierk, Daniel Drew, Kris Pister, and Eric Paulos. Under review DIS '19. ACM, New York, NY, USA.


Human Factors in Computing Systems Community (ACM SIGCHI)

(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.


Designing Interactive Systems Community (DIS)

(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]


Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI)

(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. Conditionally accepted to TEI '19. ACM, New York, NY, USA.


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

“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

Oct 2016

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

Jan 2016

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

Jan 2016

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

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 students].

Oct 2015

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

Aug 2015

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


mentorship

CS + Cognitive Science

Arianna Ninh (2 years)

GPS

Kiranpreet Kaur, Runlin Guo, Rene Figueroa

LAGSES Fellowship

Jordan Edmund, Rachel Zoll, Nathaniel Weinman


service

peer reviews

8 reviews total. CHI ‘16 - '18, DIS '16 - '18, TEI '18 - ’19

student volunteer

CHI '18

institutional service

Officer, Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE), 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.

© 2019 / Molly Jane Nicholas / email