PhotoFlow: The digital picture table top. Bringing family picture interactions to tablets and exploring the potential of oral storytelling to organize family pictures and support picture exploration [Video Demo]
Exploring the role and design of speech interactions in narrative tools with older adults
Designing new methodologies to work with older adults and other under-served groups to create new speech-enabled technologies
Exploring new digital interactions to support socio-connectivity for older adults'and their families
Seeking to understand how digital spaces affect interactions with family artefacts across generations
Assessing multimodal interaction metaphors for older adults and their families to support casual read-alouds
Designing new algorithms for assessing speech data from casually read-aloud texts with multimodal interactions
Axtell, B., Murad, C., Cowan, B. R., Munteanu, C., Clark, L., & Doyle, P. 2018. Hey Computer, Can We Hit the Reset Button on Speech?. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI 2018 Workshop on Voice-based Conversational UX Studies and Design. [Author's Copy]
Axtell, B., Munteanu, C., Demmans Epp, C., Aly, Y., & Rudzicz, F. (2018, March). Touch-Supported Voice Recording to Facilitate Forced Alignment of Text and Speech in an E-Reading Interface. In IUI. [Author's Copy]
Demmans Epp, C., Munteanu, C., Axtell, B., Ravinthiran, K., Aly, Y., & Mansimov, E. (2017, September). Finger tracking: facilitating noncommercial content production for mobile e-reading applications. In Proc. of MobileHCI, 34.
Axtell, B., & Munteanu, C. (2017, September). Using Frame of Mind: Documenting Older Adults' Reminiscence Through Unstructured Digital Picture Interactions. MobileHCI '17 Demos. [Author's Copy]
Doctoral Research, University of Toronto (Winter 2017 - Present)
Exploring different implicit speech interactions and tools to support these, including interactions for digital family artefacts and research around how to support current organization, reminiscence, and documentation activities in digital spaces.
Master's Thesis Research, University of Toronto (Fall 2015 - Winter 2017)
Researched and created new interaction for family pictures in a digital space to encourage older adults' reminiscence. Designed and ran research studies with area seniors in order to understand their needs for and acceptance of such tools. [Full Thesis Text]
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Toronto (Fall 2015 - Present)
Run user studies in order to assess interaction metaphors supporting casual read-alouds for the families of older adults.
Research Assistant, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (Summer 2011)
Researched, designed, developed, and tested a Java applet 3D searchable interface of a mouse brain built from stacks of 2D images as part of a team with Professor Tao Ju.
Teaching Assistant, INF2169/CCT485 User Experience Design, University of Toronto (Winter 2017, Winter 2018)
Lead studio tutorials giving groups hands-on research experience, provide group and individual feedback, mark assignments and projects, aid in course curriculum development.
Teaching Assistant, CSC309 Web Programming, University of Toronto (Fall 2015, Winter 2017)
Led lab, lecture, and problem solving tutorials, worked with groups on final projects, marked assignments and exams, developed tutorial materials.
Teaching Assistant, CSC108 Introduction to Computer Science, University of Toronto (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
Mark assignments for proper code style and provide feedback to students, work one-on-one with students on assignments and practice exercises, mark midterms and exams.
Teaching Assistant, C4M Computing for Medicine, University of Toronto (Fall 2016)
Assist in labs for med students to apply new programming skills individually and in groups.
Teaching Assistant, CSC120 Computer Science for the Sciences, University of Toronto (Winter 2016)
Led tutorial labs for non-Computer Science students to apply skills learned in lecture, marked assignments and exams.
Using eye tracking to create a collaborative visual art viewing experience as two viewers reveal and hide areas of paintings with their gaze in an ongoing visual conversation
Supporting older adults' independent Internet use through simple educational tools around privacy and security
Honours and Awards
EPIC Innovators of Tomorrow Certification, 2016
Wolfond Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2015-2016
Dean's List, Smith College, 2010-2011
First Group Scholar, Smith College, 2011
Graduate Student Union Representative, University of Toronto
Computer Science Graduate Students' Union Executive Member and Social Coordinator, University of Toronto
Women in Computer Science Student Mentor
Computer Science Graduate Student Mentor, University of Toronto
CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop