Emma Murphy
Research Fellow, School of Nursing & Midwifery


Dr Emma Murphy is a research fellow on the ProACT project in the Trinity Centre for Practice & Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. Previously she was awarded an Irish Research Council postdoctoral research fellowship investigating the potential of inclusive technology to support older adult learners. Emma has significant experience in the design and evaluation of user interaction techniques for older adults and people with disabilities and has published extensively in this area. Emma completed her PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast and is also a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Dublin City University and McGill University, Montreal.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dinsmore J., Murphy E., Hannigan C., Smith S., Doyle J., Towards A Digital Behaviour Change Intervention For People With Multiple Chronic Conditions To Enhance Self Management, 14th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, RCSI, Dublin Ireland, 2017, 2017 Poster, 2017

Doyle, J., Hoogerwerf, E.J., Kuiper, J., Murphy, E., Hannigan, C., Dinsmore, J., Van der Auwermeulen, T., Albert, J., Jacobs, A., Maluccelli, L., Desideri, L., Fiordelmondo, V., Designing a Proactive, Person-Centred, Digital Integrated Care System, 17th International Conference for Integrated Care 2017, Dublin, Ireland, 8-10 May 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Dinsmore J., Hannigan C., Murphy M., Kuiper J., Jacobs A., Smith S., Doyle J., The impact of carer 'shared (disease management) responsibility' on 'shared decision making' for older persons managing multimorbidity , 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24th-27th June, 2017 Published Abstract, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Doyle, J. Murphy E., Smith S., Hannigan C., Kuiper J., Jacobs A., Dinsmore J. , Addressing Medication Management Challenges for Older People with Multimorbidities: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach, SIGCHI, Pervasive Health: ACM SIGCHI, Barcelona, Spain, 23-26/05/2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Murphy E., Doyle J., Hannigan C., Smith S., Dinsmore J, Perceptions and use of technology to support selfmanagement for older adults living with multiple health conditions within a care ecosystem, Irish Gerontological Society, Dublin, Ireland, 28th-30th September, 2017 Poster, 2017

Fitzsimons,C., Murphy, E., Mulwa, C., Fitzpatrick,D., SpatialMaths: a Library for Conveying Content and Structure of Equations, Digitization and E-Inclusion in Mathematics and Science 2016, Kanagawa, Japan, February 4 - 6, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Murphy, E., Older Adults, Learning and Technology - An Exploration of Tangible Interaction and Multimodal Representation of Information., Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Rome, Italy, 2016, pp359-367 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

Contributing to an Evidence Base for the Enhancement of the Experiences and Outcomes of Mature Students at an Irish University in, editor(s)F. Ribeiro, Y. Politis, & B. Culum , New Voices in Higher Education Research and Scholarship, 2015, pp191-212 , [Murphy, E., Politis, Y., & Slowey, M. ] Book Chapter, 2015 DOI

Said, K., Kuber, R., Murphy, E., AudioAuth: Exploring the Design and Usability of a Sound-Based Authentication System, 7, (4), 2015, p16 - 34 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI

Murphy, E., An exploration of UDL and interaction design to enhance the experiences of older adult learners, Proceedings of the AHEAD Conference Universal Design for Learning: A License to Learn, Dublin, Ireland, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Said, K., Kuber, R., Murphy, E., Towards the Development of AudioAuth: An Auditory Authentication System, Proceedings of the 8th Annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference, DCU, Ireland; , September 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Power, C., Petrie, H., Swallow, D., Murphy, E., Gallagher, B., & Velasco, C. A., Navigating, Discovering and Exploring the Web: Strategies Used by People with Print Disabilities on Interactive Websites, Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2013, 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 DOI

Fitzpatrick, D., Murphy, E, Using speech and audio to present mathematics, Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, San Diego, USA, February 27- March 1, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

King, M., Hu, F., McHugh, J., Murphy, E., Newman, E., Irving, K., & Smeaton, A. F., Visibility of Wearable Sensors as Measured Using Eye Tracking Glasses., Evolving Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2013 Workshops, Revised Selected Papers, December 3-5, Springer, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 DOI

Gallagher, B. Murphy, E., Fennell, A., Ageing, Vision Impairment and Digital Inclusion in Ireland, 8, (1), 2012, p1 - 5 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Murphy, E., Moussette, C., Verron, C., & Guastavino, C. , Supporting Sounds: Design and Evaluation of an Audio-Haptic Interface. , 7th International Workshop, Haptic and Audio Interaction Design , Lund, Sweden, August 23-24, 2012, pp11-20 Conference Paper, 2012 DOI

Petrie, H., Power, C., Swallow, D., Velasco, C. A., Gallagher, B., Magennis, M., Murphy, E., Collin, S. and Down, K. , The value chain of web accessibility: challenges and opportunities., Proceedings of the Workshop on Accessible Design in the Digital World, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Murphy, E., Lagrange, M., Scavone, G., Depalle, P., Guastavino, C., Perceptual Evaluation of Rolling Sound Synthesis, Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 97, (5), 2011, p840 - 851 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

Giordano, B., Guastavino, C., Murphy E., Ogg, M., Smith, K., McAdams, S., Comparison of Methods for Collecting and Modeling Dissimilarity Data: Applications to Complex Sound Stimuli, 46, (5), 2011, p779 - 811 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

Kuber, R., Tretter, M., & Murphy, E. , Developing and evaluating a non-visual memory game. , Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2011, 13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, September 5-9, Vol. 6947 LNCS, Lecture Notes in Computer Science , 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 DOI

Qian, H., Kuber, R., Sears, A., Murphy, E. , Maintaining and modifying pace through tactile and multimodal feedback, Interacting with Computers, 23, (3), 2011, p214-225 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Murphy E., Bates, E., Fitzpatrick, D., Designing Auditory Cues to Enhance Spoken Mathematics for Visually Impaired Users, 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Orlando, Florida, USA, October, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010 DOI

Giordano, B.L., Guastavino, C., Murphy, E., Ogg, M., Smith, B.K. & Mcadams, S., Common and distinctive features of similarity: Effect of behavioral method, Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Murphy, E., Lagrange, M., Scavone, G., Depalle, P., Guastavino, C., Perceptual Evaluation of a Real-time Synthesis Technique for Rolling Sounds, Proceedings of Enactive '08, Pisa, Italy., November 19-21, 2008 Poster, 2008

Pirhonen, A., Murphy, E., Designing for the unexpected: the role of creative group work for emerging interaction design paradigms, 7, (3), 2008, p331 - 344 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Murphy, E., Kuber, R., McAllister, G., Strain, P., Yu, W., An empirical investigation into the difficulties experienced by visually impaired internet users, 7, (1-2), 2008, p79 - 91 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Pirhonen, A., Tuuri, K., Mustonen, M., Murphy, E., Beyond clicks and beeps: In pursuit of an effective sound design methodology, Second International Workshop, Haptic and Audio Interaction Design , Seoul, South Korea, November 29-30, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Strain, P., McAllister, G., Murphy, E., Kuber, K, Yu, W., A grid-based extension to an assistive multimodal interface, CHI '07 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '07), ACM, New York, NY, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007 DOI

Murphy, E., Kuber, R., Strain, P., Developing sounds for a multimodal interface: conveying spatial information to visually impaired web users, 2007, pp348 - 355 Conference Paper, 2007 URL

Yu, W., Kuber, W., Murphy, E., Strain, P., McAllister, G., A novel multimodal interface for improving visually impaired people's web accessibility, 9, (2-3), 2006, p133 - 148 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Pirhonen, a., Murphy, E., McAllister, G., & Yu, W. , Non-speech sounds as elements of a use scenario: A semiotic perspective. , 12th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2006), , 2006, pp134 - 140 Conference Paper, 2006

Murphy, E., Pirhonen, A., McAllister, G., & Yu, W., A Semiotic Approach to the Design of Non-speech Sounds, First International Workshop, Haptic and Audio Interaction Design 2006, Glasgow, Scotland, 31 Aug - 1 Sept , 2006, pp121-132 Conference Paper, 2006 DOI

Yu, W., McAllister, G., Strain, P., Kuber, R., & Murphy, E. , Improving web accessibility using content-aware plug-ins., Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2, 2005, pp1893 - 1896 Conference Paper, 2005 DOI

Yu W., Mcallister G., Murphy E., Kuber R., & Strain P. , Developing Multi-modal Interfaces for Visually Impaired People to Access the Internet, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-27, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Murphy, E., Mcallister, G., Strain, P., Kuber, R. & Yu, W. , Audio for a non-Visual assistive web plug-in, Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Auditory Display, Limerick, July 6-9, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Murphy, E., Older Adults, Learning and Technology , 4th International Longevity Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-7 October, 2016, International Longevity Centre Brazil Invited Talk, 2016

Murphy, E, Voelcker, I., Bond R., Doyle, J., Fitzpatrick D., Gallagher, C, Scharf, T., Sugahara, G., Slowey, M. , Conceptual issues in the role and design of 'age- friendly' technologies to support lifelong learning communities , The Inaugural Age-Friendly Universities Conference - "Engaging Ageing" , Dublin, Ireland, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Murphy, E., Mousette, C., Verron, C., Guastavino, C. , Design and evaluation of an audio-haptic interface, Proceedings of eNTERFACE '08 Workshop, Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur (LIMSI), France, August 4th-29, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Developing Arthritis Ireland's Easy to Use Scheme from pilot project to established trademark scheme
  • Summary
    • Easy to Use is a pilot tool to support and encourage products to market that are accessible to people with Arthritis carried out by inclusive design experts and people with arthritis. We (Arthritis Ireland and TCD) aim to develop and expand Easy to Use from its pilot phase towards a fully operational trademark scheme. This IRC New Foundations grant will support short-term collaboration, partner building and project development activities towards creating a sustainable trademark scheme.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 01/10/16
  • Date To
    • 22/12/16


Awards and Honours

Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland) postdoctoral research fellowship at Dublin City University investigating the potential of multimodal interaction design to enhance the experiences of older adult learners in higher education. 01/03/2014

EDUSERV Full-Time 3 year University PhD Research Studentship at Queen's University Belfast. Design and Evaluation of non-speech sound to enhance web accessibility for visually impaired users. 01/09/2004