Nic Ducheneaut
Senior Member of the Research Staff in the Computing Science Lab, PARC, PARC


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.


Location: Mission City B1
Nicholas Yee (PARC), Nic Ducheneaut (PARC)
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Virtual worlds are a goldmine of untapped insights, even for predicting physical behaviors. Not only will we share PARC findings and methods developed to extract key data from online games, but more importantly, we'll discuss how social scientists converted and processed raw behavioral metrics into meaningful psychological variables that can be applied to a broad spectrum of business applications. Read more.


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