Portrait of Nicholas Chen

Nicholas Chen



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.


Circuit Stickers and Conductive Printing

Established: September 1, 2013

Circuit stickers and conductive printing provide an accessible way to rapidly prototype all sorts of electronic circuits. We use a regular inkjet printer to instantly create conductive traces on regular photo paper and combine this with a special type of double-sided tape to stick down electronic sub-circuit elements which we imagine would be sold as a kit for hobbyists, students and researchers. Circuit stickers are a new way to build electronic prototypes by adhering physical…