Murphy Stein

PhD Candidate
Computer Science
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

About me

I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in Computer Science at New York University. I hold a Bachelor's in Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College as well as a dual M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Courant Insititute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. For more information, download my cv.


Plass, J.L., Homer, B.D., Hayward, E., Stein, M. An Experimental Investigation of Learning Mechanics in a Computer-Based Geometry Game. (in progress)

Plass, J.L., O'Keefe, P.A., Homer, B.D., Hayward, E., Stein, M. & Perlin, K. (2011, April). Motivational and Educational Outcomes Associated with Solo, Competitive, and Collaborative Game Play. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA. (PDF)

Homer, B.D., Plass, J.L., O'Keefe, P.O., Hayward, E. & Stein, M. (2011, June). Social context, motivation and learning in an educational video game to teach middle school math. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Berkeley, CA.

Games Research

2009 SuperTransformation (XNA/Silverlight)

2009 Factor Reactor (XNA)

2010 Noobs Vs. Leets: The Quadrilateral Battle of Angles & Lines (Flash)


2011Introduction to Computer ScienceTeaching Assistant, NYU
2004Introduction to Video Game DesignInstructor, MS 229 (Brooklyn, NY)
2003F.I.R.S.T. LEGO LeagueCoach (New York City & Newark, NJ)
2002Advanced EnglishInstructor, Beijing Foreign Language Culture Institute (China)
1996Introduction to Interactive DesignTeaching Assistant, ITP/NYU Summer Program

Lectures & Invited Talks


Finger Tracking with the Kinect Motion Capture for Gaming & Urban Sensing. Taught by Chris Bregler

Courant Institute 75th Anniversary Celebration: Panel on Games for Learning Panel members: Jan Plass, Ken Perlin, Murphy Stein.

CUDA ProgrammingNYU Programming Languages Workshop

Introduction to Web ProgrammingcSplash (NYU)


Little Projects

My Blog: Subject to change

Sustainable Magnetic Poetry

Learn to subitize

Gear Kit


China 2002

Peru 2009