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. I also work on the design of educational tools and resources to aid educators in teaching about VUI design in HCI education.

Publications

2021

Murad, C., Munteanu, C., Cowan, B. R., & Clark, L. 2021. Finding a New Voice: Transitioning Designers from GUI to VUI Design. Proceedings of CUI 2021. [Forthcoming]

Murad, C., Munteanu, C., Cowan, B., Clark, L., Porcheron, M., Candello, H., Schlogl, S., Aylett, M., Sin, J., Moore, R., Hughes, G., & Ku, A. 2021. Let’s Talk About CUIs: Putting Conversational User Interface Design Into Practice . In Proceedings of CHI 2021 (Extended Abstracts). [DOI Link]

Munteanu, C., Penn, G., & Murad, C. 2021. "Conversational Voice User Interfaces: Connecting Engineering Fundamentals to Design Considerations. In Proceedings of CHI 2021 (Extended Abstracts). [DOI Link]

Doyle, P., Rough, J., Cowan, B., Clark, L., Porcheron, M., Schlogl, S., Torres, M. E., Munteanu, C., Murad, C., Sin, J., Lee, M., Aylett, M., & Candello, H. 2021. CUI@IUI: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Intelligent Conversational User Interface Interactions. In Proceedings of IUI 2021. [DOI Link]

2020

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

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

Sultanum, N., Murad, C. & Wigdor, D. 2020. Understanding and Supporting Academic Literature Review Workflows with LitSense. In Proceedings of AVI 2020. [DOI Link]

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]

Porcheron, M., Clark, L., Jones, M., Candello, H., Cowan, B. R., Murad, C., Sin, J., Aylett, M., Lee, M., Munteanu, C., Fischer, J., Doyle, P., Kaye, J. 2020. CUI@ CSCW: Collaborating through Conversational User Interfaces. In Proceedings of CSCW 2020. [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 2020. [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] [DOI Link] ** 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] [DOI Link]

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)