About Me

Hello! My name is Christine Murad.

I am a PhD Student in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. I completed my Honours B.Sc in Computer Science (2017) and my MSc in Computer Science (2019) from the University of Toronto.
I am part of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab, supervised by Dr. Cosmin Munteanu . My research involves exploring the design of conversational voice interfaces and the development of design heuristics and tools to assist designers in VUI design.



Clark, L., Pantidi, N., Cooney, O., Garaialde, D., Edwards, J., Spillane, B., Murad, C., Munteanu, C., Wade, V., & Cowan, B. R. 2019. What Makes a Good Conversation? Challenges in Designing Truly Conversational Agents. In Proceedings of CHI '19. [ACM Link] **Best Paper - Honourable Mention**

Clark, L., Cowan, B., Edwards, J., Munteanu, C., Murad, C., Aylett, M., Moore, R., Edlund, J., Szekely, E., Healey, P., Harte, N., Torre, I., Gilmartin, E., and Doyle, P. 2019. Mapping Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives for Understanding Speech Interface Interactions. In Proceedings of CHI’19 (Extended Abstracts). [ACM Link]

Murad, C., Munteanu, C. 2019. Teaching for Voice: The State of VUI Design in HCI Education. In Proceedings of EduCHI ’19 Symposium. [Direct Link]


Murad, C., Munteanu, C., Cowan, B. R., & Clark, L. 2018. Design Guidelines for Hands-Free Speech Interaction. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '18 Adjunct. [ACM Link] **Best Poster - Honourable Mention**

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 CHI 2018 Workshop on Voice-based Conversational UX Studies and Design. [Direct Link]

Murad, C. & Munteanu, C. 2018. Designing Accessible Conversational Interfaces for Older Adults: The Case for New Usability Guidelines. In Proceedings of the CSCW 2018 Workshop on Accessible Voice Interfaces. [Direct Link]

Selected Work Experience

Research Assistant, University of Toronto, May 2017 - August 2017
Performed research in the Dynamic Graphics Project Lab, exploring how to improve the workflow of literature review.

Developer, University of Toronto, May 2016 - August 2016
Was part of a team of 3 developers to help develop a code review feature on MarkUs, which would allow students to be able to review code that their classmates submitted for an assignment.

Software Developer, WaveDNA, May 2015 - August 2015
Worked primarily in Java, in an Agile-based work environment, in order to develop a new product – Liquid Harmony, a product that allows you to create music by sketching out a melody and being able to edit many different components of music.

Teaching Experience

Note: All positions were completed at the University of Toronto St. George Campus or Mississauga Campus.

CSC108 - Introduction to Computer Science (Teaching Assistant)
  • Fall 2014
  • CSC148 - Introduction to Computer Science (Teaching Assistant)
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2016
  • Fall 2016
  • Fall 2017
  • Winter 2019
  • CSC209 - Systems Tools and Software Programming (Teaching Assistant)
  • Winter 2017
  • CSC318 - The Design of Interactive Computational Media (Teaching Assistant)
  • Fall 2018
  • Winter 2018
  • CCT380 - Human-Computer Interaction and Communication (Teaching Assistant)
  • Winter 2019
  • Awards and Honours

    Robert E. Landsale/Okino Computer Graphics Graduate Fellowship (November 2017/November 2018)
    Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award (February 2017)
    Chancellor’s Scholarship – Ashbaugh (October 2016)