Melissa Bica's CV - PDF

(Updated March 6, 2017)


2014 - present

University of Colorado Boulder Ph.D., Computer Science, third year student

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Advised by Leysia Palen
  • Research interests: human-centered computing, social computing, crisis informatics

2010 - 2014

Santa Clara University B.S., Computer Science and Engineering

  • Graduated cum laude

Fall 2012

University of Edinburgh Study abroad, School of Informatics


Melissa Bica, Leysia Palen, and Chris Bopp. (2017). Visual Representations of Disaster. Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ‘17).

Jennings Anderson, Marina Kogan, Melissa Bica, Leysia Palen, Kenneth M. Anderson, Kevin Stowe, Rebecca Morss, Julie Demuth, Heather Lazrus, Olga Wilhelmi, and Jen Henderson. (2016). Far Far Away in Far Rockaway: Responses to Risks and Impacts during Hurricane Sandy through First-Person Social Media Narratives. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM ‘16).

Kyoung-Sook Kim, Melissa Bica, Isao Kojima, and Hirotaka Ogawa. (2015). RendezView: Look at Meanings of an Encounter Region over Local Social Flocks. Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on GeoStreaming.

Posters & Workshop Papers

Melissa Bica and Jennings Anderson. (2016). You Are What You Tweet!” The Ethics of (Re) Publishing Public Data as Crafted Narratives. Workshop on Ethical Encounters in HCI Research at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘16). [Workshop Paper]

Melissa Bica and Kyoung-Sook Kim. (2015). RendezView: An Interactive Visual Mining Tool for Discerning Flock Relationships in Social Media Data. International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC ‘15). [Poster]

Teaching Experience

University of Colorado Boulder

October 2015

Guest Lecturer for CSCI4830: HCC Big Data Computing

August 2014 – May 2015

Teaching Assistant for CSCI1300: Introduction to Programming

Other Experience

June – July 2015

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

  • Implemented an interactive data visualization interface in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, called RendezView, for structuring geo-referenced social media data.

February – December 2013

Center for Science, Technology, & Society (Santa Clara University)
Global Social Benefit Fellow

  • Conducted research for social enterprises Anudip and iMerit as part of this 9 month, academic action research fellowship including seven weeks of field work in Kolkata, India.
  • Developed curriculum and instructed women in HTML/CSS in a semi-rural iMerit center in Metiabruz.

June – August 2012

Qualcomm Incorporated
Interim Engineering Intern

  • Developed automated Android system and graphics performance benchmark tests in Perl and Java.
  • Improved efficiency by reducing time needed to perform tests and analyze results.


Programming Languages & Tools

  • Python, HTML/CSS/JS, R, MATLAB, MongoDB, Jupyter Notebook, Tableau, QGIS


  • Think-alouds, cognitive walkthroughs, personas/user stories, interviews, ethnographic observation, visual content analysis


June 2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

April 2015

Open Science Data Cloud Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Fellowship

October 2014

Graduate Student Research Community Development Award

AY 2014 – 2015

Dean’s Fellowship (CU Boulder)

AY 2013 – 2014

Dean’s List (Santa Clara University)

May 2014

Senior Design Presentation Session Award (Santa Clara University)

April 2014

IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference Scholarship

April 2014

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computing and Information Honor Society

November 2013

Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant

October 2013

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

July 2013

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Scholarship

February 2013

Global Social Benefit Fellowship

May 2012

Cisco-SCU Engineering Fellowship

April 2011

Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Scholarship



  • ISCRAM 2017, CSCW 2017, CHI 2017


  • Discovery Learning Apprenticeship, mentored 8 undergraduate researchers, Spring 2016

Student Volunteer

  • CHI 2017, CHI 2016, SC 2015

Professional Membership

ACM, ACM-W, ACM Special Interest Group Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team (COVOST)