Nic is a Senior Member of the Research Staff in the Computing Science Lab. He uses a combination of methods (including data mining and social network analysis) to study and design systems to better support collaboration in online spaces, with a recent focus on 3D virtual worlds and massively multiplayer online games. He conducted the largest and longest (to date) study of social dynamics in World of Warcraft, collecting and analyzing data on the interactions between more than 500,000 characters over 2 years.
Nic obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside of work, he enjoys sailing and restoring boats, especially older designs based on the CCA rule.
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