Dr. Kyla McMullen earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she was also a Meyerhoff Scholar. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan (2007-2012). While earning her Ph.D. she was also a faculty member at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. At Wayne State University she taught computer literacy courses to over 2,000 students. Professor McMullen is the first underrepresented woman to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is currently a tenure-track faculty member at the University of Florida’s Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department. Dr. McMullen has a personal commitment to encouraging women and minorities to pursue careers in computing and other STEM fields, as evidenced through her commitment to the iAAMCS efforts. She is also the author of “Beautiful, Black, and Brainy” and “Brilliant is the New Black” which showcase hundreds of exceptional young African Americans who excel in STEM fields and don’t fit the typical “scientist” stereotype.
Dr. McMullen’s research interests are in the perception, applications, and development of 3D audio technologies. In this line of research, sounds are digitally filtered such that when they are played over headphones, the listener perceives the sound as being emitted from a specific location in their own physical space. Think of it as “surround sound over headphones”. She is using this research to create realistic virtual environments, enhance data sonification, augment assistive navigation technologies for persons with visual impairments or within occluded environments, and decrease cognitive load in multimodal systems.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha (Go-Shay) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Culturally Relevant Computer Lab at Morehouse College. Dr. Gosha’s research interests include expanding computer science education, broadening participation in computing, green computing and culturally relevant computing. More specifically, Gosha’s passion lies in his research in virtual mentoring where he has several peer-reviewed research publications. Gosha’s Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is comprised of approximately 30 top undergraduate researchers from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. The lab investigates research problems centered on creating innovative computing technologies to solve cultural problems and issues. To date, Dr. Gosha has over $2 million dollars in sponsored research funding and over 30 peer reviewed research publications.
Dr. Brandeis Marshall is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Spelman College. She earned her B.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Rochester, her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research lies in the areas of information retrieval, cybersecurity and social media. Her research mission is aimed at effective assessment and summarization of data in order to create valuable knowledge. In particular, her work can be applied to business intelligence in the areas of labelled data analysis, unlabeled data analysis and fixed-length data analysis. Dr Marshall is currently serving as the Spelman PI of the planning a dual institution research center in Socially Relevant Computing (NSF HRD #1547714) grant as well as co-PI of a strategic planning Quantitative Biology Workshop (NSF MCB #1602594) aimed at fostering educational and research synergies of scholars in the metro Atlanta area. She was a co-PI of the Information Security Research and Education Collaborative (NSF DUE #1344369). Since 2013, Dr. Marshall and Dr. Caio Soares (Zynga), co-chair of the Broadening Participation in Data Mining Program (http://www.dataminingshop.com), which is co-located with the ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.
Shaundra B Daily
Shaundra B Daily, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering focused on experience design and evaluation of technology-rich learning environments. After earning a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, she received her master’s and doctorate from the MIT Media Lab. There her doctoral work with the Future of Learning and Affective Computing Group involved designing, implementing, and evaluating technology-infused learning environments that provide youth an opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and gain insight into interpersonal dynamics. The author of over fifty peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and conference papers, her work has been featured in USAToday, Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, AAAS, NPR, and a chapter of “Cool Women Who Code”.