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Catherine Guastavino

Dr. Catherine Guastavino


Associate Professor; William Dawson Scholar


Research lab: Multimodal Interaction Laboratory (MIL)

Abridged Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Psychoacoustics, Laboratoire d'Acoustique Musicale, Université Paris 6
MSc, Computer Science and Music Technology, Institut Recherche Coordination Acoustique et Musique (IRCAM), Université Aix-Marseille, France
BSc, Mathematics and Computer Science, McGill University

Previous experience

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, McGill University, Department of Psychology
  • Lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and the Université Paris 7 (Paris, France)

Teaching & supervision


PhD supervision


Research interests

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Music archiving and retrieval
  • Multi-sensory integration
  • Auditory perception and cognition
  • Categorization

Selected research activities

2012-2017 NSERC - Discovery Grant. Upper limits of auditory motion perception.
2011-2016 NSF Research Coordination Network Grant. A global sustainable soundscape network. (Co-I., B. Pijanowski, P.I.).
2006-2011 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Leaders Opportunity Fund. Perceptual evaluation of human-computer interaction: Applications to the design of adaptive multimodal systems.
2010–2013 NSERC - Collaborative Research and Development. Physical characterization and perception of vibration transmission of road bike components. (Co-I., Y. Champoux, P.I. and 1 other).
2010–2014 INnovation Centre for Advanced Sensors and Sensor Systems. Human centered soundscape research. (Co-I., T. Andringa, P.I. and 5 others).
2009–2012 CFI – NIF. Vibroacoustics of large-scale, complex, multi-material structures in aerospace and terrestrial transport. (Co-I., A. Berry, P.I.).
2009-2012 European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST). Soundscapes of European cities and landscapes. (Co-I., J. Kang, P.I.).
2008-2013 FQRSC/FQRNT - Regroupement Stratégique. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Music Media and Technology. (Co-I. and Associate Director, S. McAdams, P.I. and Director).
2008-2011 NSERC - Collaborative Research and Development. Soundfield rendering in aircraft cabins/cockpits. $891,000. (Co-Pi with A. Berry).
2008-2010 FQRSC – Equipe en emergence. Perception of audio quality. (Co-I., I. Fujinaga, P.I.).

Selected publications & presentations

Selected recent journal articles

Boutard, G., Guastavino, C., & Turner, J. (2013). A digital archives framework for the preservation of artistic works with technological components. International Journal of Digital Curation, *(1), 42-65. Retrieved from http://www.ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/download/8.1.42/314

Pras, A., Lavoie, M. & Guastavino, C. (2013). The impact of technological advances on recording studio practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(3), 612–626.

Pras, A., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Impact of producers’ comments and musicians’ self evaluation on perceived recording quality. Journal of Music, Technology & Education, 6(1), 81-101.

Verron, C., Gauthier, P-A., Langlois, J, & Guastavino, C. (2013). Spectral and spatial multichannel analysis/synthesis of interior aircraft sounds. IEEE transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 21(7), 1317-1329.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Following gesture-following: Grounding the Documentation of a Multi-Agent Music Creation Process. Computer Music Journal, 36(4), 59-80.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Archiving electroacoustic and mixed music: significant knowledge involved in the creative process of works with spatialisation. Journal of Documentation, 68(6), 749-771.

Julien, C-A., Tirilly, P, Leide, J.E. & Guastavino, C. (2012). Constructing a True LCSH Tree of a Science and Engineering Collection. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(12), 2405-2418.

Frissen, I., Ziat, M., Campion, G., Hayward, V., & Guastavino, C. (2012). The effect of voluntary movements on auditory-haptic and haptic-haptic temporal order judgments. Acta Psychologica, 141, 140-148.

Giordano, B., Guastavino, C., Murphy, E., Ogg, M., Smith, B.K., & McAdams, S. (2011). Comparison of Dissimilarity Estimation Methods. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 46, 1-33.

Féron, F-X., Frissen, I., Boissinot, J., & Guastavino, C. (2010). Upper limits of auditory rotational motion. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128(6), 3703-3714.

Guastavino, C., Gómez, F., Toussaint, G., Marandola, F., Gómez, E. (2009). Measuring similarity between Flamenco Rhythmic Patterns. Journal of New Music Research, 38(2), 175-184.

Guastavino, C. (2007). Categorization of environmental sounds. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. 60(1), 54-63.

Selected recent conference proceedings

Steele, D., Krijnders, D. & Guastavino, C. (2013). The Sensor City Initiative: cognitive sensors for soundscape transformations. Proceedings of GIS Ostrava 2013: Geoinformatics for City Transformations. January 21-23, Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2013). The Performing World of Digital Archives. In proceedings of the 4th conference Digital Document & Society. April 29-30, Zagreb, Croatia. (10 pages)

Neilbo, F., Steele, D. & Guastavino, C. (2013). Investigating soundscape affordances through activity appropriateness. In ICA 2013 Montreal (Vol. 19, p. 040059). Montreal, Canada: ASA. doi:10.1121/1.4800502 (8 pages), abstract published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(5), 3372. doi:10.1121/1.4805786

Luizard, P. *, Katz, B. & Guastavino, C. (2013). Perception of reverberation in large couples volumes: discrimination and suitability. International Symposium on Room Acoustics (ISRA 2013), June 9-11, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Ziat, M.*, Frissen, I.*, Campion, G.*, Hayward, V., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Plucked string stiffness affects loudness perception. 8th International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design (HAID 2013), 18-19 April, Daejeon, Korea.

Dorey, J.*, Ayachi, S.*, & Guastavino, C. (2013). The information world of enthusiast cyclists. 41st annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS/ACSI), June 6-8, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Weigl, D.*, Sears, D.*, Hockman, J.*, McAdams, S., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Investigating the Effects of Beat Salience on Beat Synchronization Judgements during Music Listening. Proceeding of the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, August 8-11, Toronto, Canada.

Steele, D.*, & Guastavino, C. (2013). How do urban planners conceptualize and contextualize soundscape in their everyday work? Invited paper at 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (INTERNOISE 2013), Sept. 15-18, Innsbruck, Austria.

Payne, S.*, & Guastavino, C. (2013). Measuring the perceived restorativeness of soundscapes. Invited paper at 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (INTERNOISE 2013), Sept. 15-18, Innsbruck, Austria.

Gómez, E., Guastavino, C., Gómez, F., & Bonada, J. (2012). Analyzing Melodic Similarity Judgments in Flamenco a Cappella Singing. Proceedings of the joint 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) and 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), July 23-28, Thessaliniki, Greece.

Frissen, I. & Guastavino, C. (2012). Effects of whole-body vibrations on auditory localization. Proceedings of Acoustics 2012, joint meeting of the 2012 IOA annual meeting and the 11th Congrès Français d’Acoustique , April 23-27, Nantes, France.

Steele, D., Luka, N. & Guastavino, C. (2012). Closing the gaps between soundscape and urban designers. Proceedings of Acoustics 2012, joint meeting of the 2012 IOA annual meeting and the 11th Congrès Français d’Acoustique , April 23-27, Nantes, France.

Julien, C.-A., Tirilly, P., Leide, J.E., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Exploiting major trends in subject hierarchies for large-scale collection visualization, IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Conf. on Visualization and Data Analysis. San Francisco.

Boutard, G., Guastavino, C., & Turner, J. M. (2012). Digital sound processing preservation: impact on digital archives. Proceedings of the 2012 iConference. Presented at the 2012 iConference, Feb. 9-12, Toronto