After his secondary education in Dunfermline, Dr Iain Murray went to the University of Dundee in 1982 where he gained an undergraduate degree in electronics and a postgraduate research degree on the subject of speech synthesis. He has been a lecturer in Computing there since 1991, still with an interest in speech synthesis and communication technology. He is a Member of the British Computer Society and is a member of their academic accreditation team.
He is the Treasurer of the Tayside & Fife Branch of the British Science Association, which organises an annual programme of public events, including a science public lecture series.
He has been interested in the work of Sir Barnes Wallis for many years, and his book “Bouncing-Bomb Man: the Science of Sir Barnes Wallis” was published in 2009; he is also the author of the Haynes technical manuals on the Dam Busters (2011) and Vickers Wellington (2012).
My research is conducted within the Human-Centred Computing research group within Computing in the School of Science & Engineering.
My main research interests are:
- how emotion and other stressing factors are conveyed in human speech
- how to simulate vocal emotion in synthetic speech
- the application of synthetic speech systems within voice output communication aids
I teach on modules at most levels within our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, including:
- AC21009 - Computer Systems 2A: Architecture Fundamentals and Unix
- AC22005 - Computer Systems 2B: Architecture and Operating Systems
- AC32006/AC52001 - Database Systems
- AC42001/AC42002/AC52008 - Research Frontiers (Speech & Audio Processing)