One-Step, Three-Factor Passthought Authentication with Custom-Fit, In-Ear EEG
N. Merrill, M. Curran, S. Gandhi, J. Chuang. Frontiers in Neuroscience, April 2019.
Sensing is Believing: What People Think Biosensors Can Reveal About Thoughts and Feelings
N. Merrill, J. Chuang, C. Cheshire. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2019), June 2019.
Understanding Digitally-Mediated Empathy: An Exploration of Visual, Narrative, and Biosensory Informational Cues
M. Curran, J. Gordon, L. Lin, P.K. Sridhar, J. Chuang. Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), May 2019.
Models of Minds: Reading the Mind Beyond the Brain
N. Merrill, J. Chuang. Adjunct Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (alt.chi), May 2019.
Emotional Biosensing: Exploring Critical Alternatives
N. Howell, J. Chuang, A. De Kosnik, G. Niemeyer, K. Ryokai. PACM on Human-Computer Interaction, November 2018. (CSCW 2018)
Faking it, Making it: Fooling and Improving Brain-Based Authentication with Generative Adversarial Networks
T. Piplani, N. Merrill, J. Chuang. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS 2018), October 2018.
Exploring the Feasibility and Performance of One-Step Three-Factor Authentication with Ear-EEG
M. Curran, N. Merrill, S. Gandhi, J. Chuang. Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2018), September 2018.
Best Student Paper Award
When BCIs have APIs: Design Fictions of Everyday Brain-Computer Interface Adoption
R. Wong, N. Merrill, J. Chuang. ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2018), June 2018.
Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
From Scanning Brains to Reading Minds: Talking to Engineers about Brain-Computer Interface
N. Merrill, J. Chuang. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), April 2018.
A Window into the Soul: Biosensing in Public
E. Sedenberg, R. Wong, J. Chuang. In Surveillance, Privacy and Public Spaces, by Newell, Timan, Koops (eds.), Routledge, March 2018.
Eliciting Values Reflections by Engaging Privacy Futures Using Design Workbooks
R. Wong, D. Mulligan, E. Van Wyk, J. Pierce, J. Chuang. PACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 111, November 2017. (CSCW 2018 Online First)
Best Paper Award
Given Enough Eyeballs, All Bugs are Shallow? Revisiting Eric Raymond with Bug Bounty Programs
T. Maillart, M. Zhao, J. Grossklags, J. Chuang. Journal of Cybersecurity, October 2017.
Is the Future of Authenticity All In Our Heads? Moving Passthoughts From the Lab to the World
N. Merrill, M. Curran, J. Chuang. New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW ’17), October 2017.
Designing Commercial Therapeutic Robots for Privacy Preserving Systems and Ethical Research Practices Within the Home
E. Sedenberg, J. Chuang, D. Mulligan. International Journal of Social Robotics, August 2016.
Passthoughts Authentication with Low Cost EarEEG
M. Curran, J. Yang, N. Merrill, J. Chuang. Proceedings of 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2016), August 2016.
Classifying Mental Gestures with In-Ear EEG
N. Merrill, M. Curran, J. Yang, J. Chuang. Proceedings of IEEE EMBS 13th Annual International Body Sensor Networks Conference (BSN 2016), June 2016.
Full List of Publications
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INFO 234 Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy
INFO 290 Sensors, Humans, Data, Apps
INFO 290 Research Seminar on Ubiquitous Sensing
INFO 290T Mind-Reading and Telepathy for Beginners and Intermediates
INFO 295 Doctoral Colloquium
Datasets and Software
Synchronized Brainwave Recordings from a Group Presented with a Common Audio-Visual Stimulus
John Chuang, Nicholas Merrill, Thomas Maillart, and Students of the UC Berkeley Spring 2015 MIDS Immersion Class, May 2015.
Available on: Kaggle
Synchronized Brainwave Recordings from a Group Presented with a Common Visual Stimulus
John Chuang, Nicholas Merrill, Thomas Maillart, and Students of the UC Berkeley Fall 2014 INFO290 Class, March 2015.
PhD Students and Postdocs
Jeremy Gordon (current PhD student)
Max Curran (current PhD student)
Elaine Sedenberg (PhD 2019; co-advised with Deirdre Mulligan; Facebook)
Nick Merrill (PhD 2018; UC Berkeley)
Ashwin Mathew (PhD 2014; co-advised with Coye Cheshire; King's College London)
Melissa Densmore (PhD 2012; co-advised with AnnaLee Saxenian; University of Cape Town)
Jens Grossklags (PhD 2009; Technical University of Munich)
Paul Laskowski (PhD 2009; UC Berkeley)
Michal Feldman (PhD 2005; Tel-Aviv University)
Thomas Maillart (Postdoc 2013-2017; University of Geneva)
Timo Smura (Postdoc 2012-2013; Verto Analytics)
Benjamin Johnson (Postdoc 2009-2011 and 2013-2014; TU Munich)
Moshe Babaioff (Postdoc 2005-2007; Microsoft Research)
Sonja Buchegger (Postdoc 2004-2006; KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
Pedro Ferreira (Postdoc 2004-2005; Carnegie Mellon University)
Ahsan Habib (Postdoc 2003-2005; Telenav)
Nicolas Christin (Postdoc 2003-2005; Carnegie Mellon University)
- I am as old as the first commercial microprocessor, the first e-mail, the first computer worm, and the P versus NP problem.
- I worked for Jerry Yang when we were both at Stanford. His job title back then was head TA for EE271 (not yet Chief Yahoo), and I was one of his lowly graders.
- You can find one of my earliest works in the collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute.
- If you visit my office, you will see this photo autographed by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, presented to my dad for his contributions to Voyager, the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. The aircraft is across the National Mall, retired in the National Air and Space Museum. In his retirement, my dad is now a foliage artist.
- The Chuang Sirbu Scaling Law is named for my work on scaling properties of multicast trees.
- Through my former PhD student Michal, I have an Erdős Number of 3. Furthermore, the Erdős-Alon-Feldman-Chuang subgraph has a min-cut of 4.
- Thanks to my appearance in the documentary Click, I have an Bacon Number of 3, with paths connecting to Kevin Bacon via either Al Gore or Steven Spielberg. Therefore, I have an Erdős-Bacon number of 6, tying, among others, Richard Feynman.
- My colleagues and I have been credited for coining the term "p2p whitewashing attack" in 2003.
- I gave a talk in 2005 right before Sergey Brin spoke about Search, Google, and Life, except his helicopter couldn't find a place to land (or something like that), and so he missed my talk on Peer-to-Peer Search.
- Doug Engelbart came to my class in 2007 to demonstrate his original mouse.
- You are welcome to find out what I chose for my first passthought.
- I recently started on my academic genealogy project. I learned that my great-great-grand-advisor invented the world's first biomedical prosthetic device.