Cosmin Munteanu is Associate Professor at the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at University of Toronto Mississauga, and Co-Director of the Technologies for Ageing Gracefully lab at University of Toronto. His area of expertise is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Automatic Speech Recognition, Natural User Interfaces, Mobile Computing, Ethics, and Assistive Technologies, having dedicated the past two decades to investigating the human factors of interacting with information-rich media and intelligent technologies. His main research goals are to facilitate natural, meaningful, and safe interactions between people and digital media and devices. Cosmin’s multidisciplinary interests include speech and natural language interaction for mobile devices, mixed reality systems, learning technologies for marginalized users, usable privacy and cyber-safety, assistive technologies for older adults, and ethics in human-computer interaction research.
- Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada – Computer Science, 2009
- M.Sc., University of Toronto, Canada – Computer Science, 2005
- M.A.S. (DEA), Univ Politehnica Timisoara, Romania – Computer and Software Engineering, 2000
- Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Univ Politehnica Timisoara, Romania – Computer and Software Engineering, 1999
Professor Munteanu is a Human-Computer Interaction scholar, conducting sociotechnical research at the intersection of user experience design, digital inclusion, aging, natural language processing, and ethics. He takes a primarily ethnomethodology approach to study how voice- and language-enabled interactive technology and media interfaces should be designed in a safe, effective, inclusive, and ethical manner, in order to empower digitally underrepresented groups such as older adults. He is working with fellow UTM colleagues, Negin Dahya and Ishtiaque Ahmed on the project, Resilience at the crossroads: a techno-feminist approach to intergenerational culture preservation through social storytelling and sense-making within displaced populations.
- Assistant Professor, Institute for Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (University of Toronto Mississauga)
- Assistant Professor (cross-appointed), Faculty of Information
- Assistant Professor (cross-appointed), Department of Computer Science
- Co-Director, Technologies for Ageing Gracefully Lab
- Munteanu, C., Molyneaux, H., Moncur, W., Romero, M., O’Donnell, S., Vines, J. Situational Ethics: Re-thinking approaches to formal ethics requirements for human-computer interaction. CHI 2015 (Best of CHI Honourable Mention Award
- Neves, B., Franz, R., Munteanu, C., Baecker, R., Ngo, M. “My hand doesn’t listen to me!”: adoption and evaluation of a communication technology for the ‘oldest old’. CHI 2015
- Munteanu, C., Molyneaux, H., Maitland, J., McDonald, D., Leung, R., Fournier, H., Lumsden, J., Hidden in plain sight: Low literacy adults in a developed country overcoming social and educational challenges through mobile learning support tools. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2014
I am open to supervising PhD and MI (thesis option) students who are interested in topics related to digital marginalization / digital inclusion, usability, social isolation, usable privacy and security, ethics in techno-centric fieldwork, under-represented user groups. From a technological perspective this can cover a wide range: mobiles, wearables, VR, AR, gaming, AI.
- MI (iSchool) – 1 thesis option
- MSc (Comp Sci) – 5 research theses
- PhD (Comp Sci) – 1 thesis
- PhD (iSchool, Comp Sci) – 3 committee memberships