Molly Nicholas
PhD Student

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Molly Jane Nicholas is a Ph.D. student studying Human Computer Interaction with Eric Paulos in the Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. She is particularly interested in exploring how the performing arts and technology can combine in new and interesting ways. Previously, she worked for two years as a Software Engineer at Qualcomm, where she developed FIRST Robotics’ new robotics platform. She has also been a dancer, worked as a puppeteer with Liebe Wetzel's Lunatique Fantastique, and trained circus arts at the Clown Conservatory. Molly Jane received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science in 2014.

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A Conversation with Actuators
An Exploratory Design Environment for Hybrid Materials
Guardians of Practice
A Contextual Inquiry of Failure-Mitigation Strategies within Creative Practices
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Battery-Free Wearable Displays for Opportunistic Interactions
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Human Hair as Interactive Material
Illumination Aesthetics
Light as a Creative Material within Computational Design