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Kyla McMullen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Areas: 
Human-Centered Computing
Education: 

Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan - 2012

M.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan - 2007

B.S., Computer Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - 2005

Research Interests: 
  • Utilizing signal processing to render 3D audio 
  • Using 3D  audio to sonify information and environments
  • Discovering interface design techniques for developing virtual auditory environments
  • Using 3D audio to augment assistive technology for persons with visual impairments
  • Enhancing immersion and realness in virtual worlds using 3D audio
Current and Recent Courses: 

Spring 2015 - 3D Audio in Virtual Environments

Fall 2015 - Programming Fundamentals for CIS Majors I (COP 3502)

Publications: 
Jackson, F., Solomon, A., McMullen, K., Gilbert, J. (2015 - in press) To start voting, say vote: Establishing a threshold for ambient noise for a speech recognition voting system. The Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 26-30 July 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 
 
Ongsarte, A., Jiang, Y., McMullen, K. (2015 - in press) Assessment of Electronic Write-In Voting Interfaces for Persons with Visual Impairments. The Proceedings of HCI International 2014, 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2-7 August 2014, Los Angeles, California, USA.
 
Wan, Y., Zare, A.,  McMullen, K. (2014). Evaluating the Consistency of Subjectively Selected Head-Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs) Over Time. AES Conference on Spatial Audio, 27 August 2014, Helsinki, Finland.
 
McMullen, K. (2014). Using Spatial Audio to Augment Big Data Analysis. Workshop on Sonic Information Design at the 20th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD-2014), 25 June 2014, New York, NY.
 
McMullen, K., Wakefield, G. (2014). Effects of Visual Augmentation on the Memory of Spatial Sounds. In The Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD), 22-25 June 2014, New York, NY.
 
McMullen, K. (2014). The Potential for Spatial Audio to Convey Information in Virtual Environments. In IEEE VR Workshop on Sonic Interactions for Virtual Environments, 29 March 2014, Minneapolis, MN.
 
Zare, A., McMullen, K., Gardner-McCune, C. (2014 - in press). Design of an Accessible and Portable System for Soccer Players with Visual Impairments. In CHI’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 26 April - 1 May 2014, Toronto, Ontario. ACM. 
 
McMullen, K., Wakefield, G. (2014). 3D Sound Memory in Virtual Environments. IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI). 2014.
 
McMullen, K, Wakefield, G. (2013). The Effects of Attenuation Modeling on Spatial Sound Search. The Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD), 6-10 July 2013, Lodz University of Technology, Poland. 
 
McMullen, K., Wakefield, G. (2013). Effects of Plane Mapping on Sound Localization in a Virtual Auditory Environment. The Proceedings of HCI International 2013, 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 21-26 July 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
 
Daily, S., Gardner-McCune, C., Eugene. W., Remy, S., McMullen, K., Hall, P. (2013). Alternate Pathways to Careers in Computing: Recruiting and Retaining Women Students. American Society of Engineering Education: Computing & Information Technology Division.
 
McMullen, K., Roginska, A., Wakefield, G. (2012). Subjective Selection of Head-Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs) based on Spectral Coloration and Interaural Time Differences (ITD) Cues. Presented at the AES 133rd Convention, San Francisco, USA, 2012 October 26–29.
 
Roginska, A., Wakefield, G., McMullen, K. (2011 ). Searching for Sources from a Fixed Point in a Virtual Auditory Environment. The Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD), 20-24 June 2011, Budapest, Hungary.
 
Roginska, A., Wakefield, G., Santoro, T., McMullen, K. (2010). Effects of Interface Type on Navigation in a Virtual Spatial Auditory Environment. The Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD), 9-15 June 2010, Washington, DC.
 
McMullen, K., Wakefield, G. (2009). Relationship Learning Software: Design and Assessment. The Proceedings of HCI International 2009, 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 19-24 July 2009, San Diego, CA, USA. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
 
Eugene, W., Hatley, L., McMullen, K.A., Brown, Q., Rankin, Y., & Lewis, S. (2009). This Is Who I Am and This Is What I Do: Demystifying the Process of Designing Culturally Authentic Technology. The Proceedings of HCI International 2009, 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 19-24 July 2009, San Diego, CA, USA. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
Awards: 
 
Diverse Issues In Higher Education - 2015 Emerging Scholar 
Google Inc. - Travel Grant to Attend Grace Hopper 2014 
National Black Data Processing Associates - Professional Achievement Award 
MUSES and GradSWE - Trailblazer Award for Achievement 
 
Lab Room: 
E313A
Primary Research Area: 
Human-Centered Computing