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Kyla McMullen (M13)

  • B.S.Computer Science, UMBC (2005)
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Michigan (2012)
  • First African American woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida

My primary research interests lie in rendering spatial audio virtually to enhance virtual environments and to sonify information sources.

My doctoral work in the Interactive Systems group at the University of Michigan involved assessing the individualization of rendering virtual sounds over headphones. Once that was resolved, I studied how listeners could be trained to locate and remember these virtual sounds as they “walked” through the virtual environment.

I am interested in developing projects to apply virtual spatial audio to various areas such as: virtual environments, assistive technology, data sonification, and  education.

“At the end of it all, I have an overwhelming sense of institutional pride and identity among my fellow students, faculty and staff. I truly believe in and have contributed in what way I can to UMBC, a university that is more than just a storehouse of knowledge or a community of scholars, but a boundless source of human potential.”