I am a Researcher in the Sensors and Devices Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
My primary research interest is in bridging the gap between physical and digital technologies, with a focus on reading and writing activities. Most recently, I have been very excited about annotation technologies for facilitating collaboration across documents. My thesis research looked at reading devices that better support navigational and annotation needs for active reading.
Pairing novel interaction techniques with new types of hardware devices is a recurring theme in the solutions I develop. Hardware technologies I am interested in include pen and touch digitizers, short range, low-energy radio, alternative display technologies, and energy harvesting/wireless power transfer.
I was previously the Microsoft Fellow at Corpus Christi College. I continue to supervise students at the University. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2012. While a grad student I split my time between the University of Maryland and Cornell University. My undergraduate degrees in EECS and History are from UC Berkeley.
- Sergey Legtchenko, Nicholas Chen, Daniel Cletheroe, Antony Rowstron, Hugh Williams, and Xiaohan Zhao, XFabric: A Reconfigurable In-Rack Network for Rack-Scale Computers, in 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 16), USENIX Association, Santa Clara, CA, 16 March 2016.
- Dongwook Yoon, Nicholas Chen, François Guimbretière, and Abigail Sellen, RichReview: Blending Ink, Speech, and Gesture to Support Collaborative Document Review, ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, October 2015.
- Steve Hodges, Nicolas Villar, Nicholas Chen, Tushar Chugh, Jie Qi, Diana Nowacka, and Yoshihiro Kawahara, Circuit Stickers: Peel-and-Stick Construction of Interactive Electronic Prototypes, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014, April 2014.
- Dongwook Yoon, Nicholas Chen, and François Guimbretière, TextTearing: Opening White Space for Digital Ink Annotation, in Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, ACM, New York, NY, USA, October 2013.
- Nicholas Chen, Francois Guimbretiere, and Abigail Sellen, Graduate Student Use of a Multi-Slate Reading System, in Proceedings of CHI 2013, ACM, April 2013.
- Nicholas Chen, Francois Guimbretiere, and Abigail Sellen, Designing a Multi-slate Reading Environment to Support Active Reading Activities, in ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact., vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 18:1–18:35, ACM, New York, NY, USA, October 2012.