Dr. Iain R. Murray is a Lecturer in the School of Computing, and his main research interest is in speech synthesis, particularly the adding of emotion to synthesised speech; he has also worked on human factors issues of speech interaction.
Dr. Murray gained his BSc in Electronics and Microcomputer Systems from the University of Dundee in 1986. He then joined the MicroCentre as a postgraduate research student, this work leading to the development of the prototype HAMLET system for simulating vocal emotion effects in synthesised speech, and the awarding of his PhD in 1990. In 1990, Dr. Murray became involved in the Alvey Project on human factors issues of speech-driven word processors, investigating the comparative performance of a simulated "listening typewriter" against conventional methods of document production. He continued his research on the HAMLET system, and further developments in this and associated areas are continuing under his supervision.
Current research is within the School's Interactive Systems Design group, and he is currently involved in the MATCH project.
He became Lecturer in Computer Science in 1991, initially lecturing on database systems, and later as co-ordinator of the University's introductory Information Technology course teaching basic computer skills to students from all Faculties of the University. He currently lectures on undergraduate courses at all levels within the School, including programming, hardware and multimedia audio topics. He also lectures on one of the School's postgraduate MSc courses.
The HAMLET system won 2nd prize in the 1989 Design Council/Toshiba "Year of Invention", and an essay describing the system won 2nd prize in the Daily Telegraph "Young Science Writer" competition in 1988. Dr. Murray was awarded the British Association for the Advancement of Science's Isambard Kingdom Brunel Lectureship for 1994-95, and has given his lecture "Speaking With Machines" on several occasions. Following nomination by the B.A., Dr. Murray was invited in January 1995 to join a Cabinet Office Committee reviewing professional scientists' contribution to the public understanding of science; the Committee reported in October 1995. He is currently Chairman of the Tayside & Fife Local Branch of the British Association. He was awarded a Short-term Research Fellowship by BT in 1997 to investigate incorporating vocal emotion into their Laureate speech synthesis system.
Dr. Murray is a Chartered Engineer and a member of several academic and professional bodies including the IET and the BCS.