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

2020

Murad, C. & Munteanu, C. 2020. Designing Voice Interfaces: Back to the (Curriculum) Basics. In Proceedings of CHI 2020. [Author Copy]

Murad, C. & Munteanu, C. 2020. "Alexa, How Do I Build a VUI Curriculum?". In Proceedings of CUI 2020. [Author Copy]

Sultanum, N., Murad, C. & Wigdor, D. 2020. Understanding and Supporting Academic Literature Review Workflows with LitSense. In Proceedings of AVI 2020. (Forthcoming)

Candello, H., Cowan, B., Munteanu, C., Fischer, J., Clark, L., Schlogl, S., Sin, J., Murad, C., Torres, M. I., Reeves, S., Porcheron, M. & Myers, C. 2020. CUI@CHI: Mapping Grand Challenges for the Conversational User Interface Community. In Proceedings of CHI 2020 (Extended Abstracts). [DOI Link]

Munteanu, C., Clark, L., Cowan, B., Schlogl, S., Torres, M. E., Edwards, J., Murad, C., Aylett, M., Porcheron, M., Candello, H. & Doyle, P. 2020. CUI – Conversational User Interfaces: A Workshop on New Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives for Researching Speech-based Conversational Interactions. In Proceedings of IUI’ 20. [DOI Link]

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] ** Best Paper **

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. [Author's Copy]

Murad, C. 2019. Tools to Support Voice User Interface Design. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '19 Adjunct. [DOI Link]

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)
Winter 2020 (1 appointment - Lead Assignment TA)

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 (3 appointments - Teaching Assistant)
Fall 2020 (1 appointment - Head TA)

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

NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (January 2021 - January 2024)
Wolfond Fellow (September 2019 - August 2020)
2019-2020 Bell Graduate Scholarship (September 2019 - August 2020)
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)