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.

Publications

2019

Murad, C., Munteanu, C., Cowan, B. R., & Clark, L. 2019. Revolution or Evolution? Speech Interaction and HCI Design Guidelines. In IEEE Pervasive Computing. [DOI Link]

Murad, C. & Munteanu, C. 2019. "I Don't Know What You're Talking About HALexa": The Case for Voice User Interface Guidelines. In Proceedings of CUI '19. [Author's Copy] **Best Paper - Honourable Mention**

Murad, C., Munteanu, C., & Stuerzlinger, W. 2019. Effects of Word Error Rate on ASR Correction Interfaces for Mobile Text Entry. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '19 Adjunct. (Forthcoming) [Author's Copy]

Murad, C. 2019. Tools to Support Voice User Interface Design. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '19 Adjunct. (Forthcoming)

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. [DOI 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). [DOI 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]

2018

Murad, C., Munteanu, C., Cowan, B. R., & Clark, L. 2018. Design Guidelines for Hands-Free Speech Interaction. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '18 Adjunct. [DOI 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]

Teaching Experience

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

CSC108 - Introduction to Computer Programming
Fall 2014 (1 appointment - Teaching Assistant)

CSC148 - Introduction to Computer Science
Winter 2015 - Fall 2019 (6 Appointments - Teaching Assistant)
Summer 2019 (1 appointment - Assignment & Course Work Preparation)

CSC209 - Systems Tools and Software Programming
Winter 2017 (1 appointment - Teaching Assistant)

CSC318 - The Design of Interactive Computational Media
Winter 2018 - Fall 2019 (2 appointments - Teaching Assistant)

CCT380 - Human-Computer Interaction and Communication
Winter 2019- Fall 2019 (2 appointments - Teaching Assistant)

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.

Awards and Honours

2019-2020 Bell Graduate Scholarship (August 2019)
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)