nick merrill

Nick Merrill

What can machines know about the inner workings of a person's mind, even theoretically? I study computational models of mind: how engineers build them, and how users interpret them. My ongoing work uses brain-based authentication (using neural signals to log users into devices/services) as a site for understanding this phenomenon. (cv)

biosense lab (2013-)

BCI review (2017-)


fall 17 - I am teaching I290T: Mind Reading & Telepathy for Beginners & Intermediates


Nick Merrill, John Chuang. From Scanning Brains to Reading Minds: Talking to engineers about brain-computer interface. chi '18 (to appear)

Nick Merrill, Max T Curran, John Chuang. Is the Future of Authenticity All In Our Heads? Moving passthoughts from the lab to the world. nspw '17

Max T Curran, Nick Merrill, John Chuang, Swapan Gandhi. One-step, three-factor authentication in a single earpiece. ubicomp '17

Nick Merrill, Coye Cheshire. Trust Your Heart: Assessing cooperation and trust with biosignals in computer-mediated interactions. cscw '17 Honorable mention

Nick Merrill, Coye Cheshire. Habits of the Heart(rate): Interpreting and acting on biosignals in risky social situations. acm group '16

Nick Merrill. Better Not to Know? The SHA1 collision & the limits of polemic computation. acm limits '17

Max T Curran, JK Yang, Nick Merrill & John Chuang. Passthoughts authentication with low cost EarEEG. ieee embs '16

Nick Merrill, Max T Curran, JK Yang, & John Chuang. Classifying mental gestures with in-ear EEG. ieee embs bsn '16


aaronson oracle (2016) press the 'f' and 'd' keys randomly. it's easy. just use your "free will" (offline for now) (2015) encrypted, pseudonymous chat in the web browser

comp-generated gradient gifs


ffff at berkeley edu
(my public key)