Catherine Guastavino

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor; William Dawson Scholar

Contact Information
Email address: 
catherine [dot] guastavino [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • 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
Graduate supervision: 
Professional activities: 
  • Graduate Program Director (Ph.D.), School of Information Studies
Research areas: 
Auditory perception & cognition
Human-computer interaction
Multisensory integration
Music archiving & retrieval
Current research: 
2014  – 2015 NSERC. Engage grant. Spatialized and interactive artificial binaural reverberation. With industry partner Audiokinetic. (P.I.)
2014 – 2019 FRQ - Regroupement Stratégique. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Music Media and Technology. (Co-I., M. Wanderley, P.I. and 40 others).
2014 CFI – Leaders Opportunity Fund Award. Digital Musical Instrument Performance Research and Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (PR2P). (Co-I., M. Wanderley, P.I. and S. Ferguson).
2013 SSHRC – Connection. Colloque International : Analyser les processus de creation musicale / Tracking the creative process in music. (Co-I., J. Goldman, P.I. and 3 others).
2012-2017 NSERC - Discovery Grant. Upper limits of auditory motion perception. (P.I.)
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. (P.I.)
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).
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.).


Selected publications: 

Selected Recent Journal Articles

Camier, C., Boissinot, J., & Guastavino, C. (2016). On the robustness of the upper limit for circular auditory motion perception. Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces, 10, 295-298.

Gauthier, P-A., Camier, C., Lebel, F-A., Pasco, Y., Berry, A., Langlois, J., Verron, C., & Guastavino, C. (2016). Experiments of multichannel least-square methods for sound field reproduction inside aircraft mock-up: Objective evaluations. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 376, 194-216.

Romblom, D., Depalle, P., Guastavino, C., & King, R. (2016). Diffuse field modeling using physically-inspired decorrelation and B-format microphones: Part 1 Algorithm. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64(4), 177-193.

Rummukainen, O., Romblom, D., & Guastavino, C. (2016). Diffuse field modeling using physically-inspired decorrelation and B-format microphones: Part 2 Evaluation. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64(4), 194-207.

Luizard, P. , Katz, B. & Guastavino, C. (2015). Perceived suitability of reverberation in large coupled volume concert halls. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, 25(3), 317-325.

Fernandez, P., Aurouze, B., & Guastavino, C. (2015). Plating in gastronomic restaurants: A qualitative exploration of chefs’ perception. Menu, Journal of Food and Hospitality Research, 4, 16-22.

Steffens, J., & Guastavino, C. (2015). Trends in momentary and retrospective soundscape judgments. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 101(4), 713-722.

Absar, R., & Guastavino, C. (2015). The design and formative evaluation of nonspeech auditory feedback for an information system. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 66(8), 1696-1708.

Luizard, P. , Katz, B. & Guastavino, C. (2015). Perceptual thresholds for realistic double-slope decay reverberation in large coupled spaces. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(1), 75-84.

Ayachi, F., Dorey, J., & Guastavino, C. (2015). Identifying factors of bicycle comfort: An online survey with enthusiast cyclists. Applied Ergonomics, 46(A), 124–136.

Frissen, I.,  Féron, F-X., & Guastavino, C. (2014). Auditory velocity discrimination in the horizontal plane at very high velocities. Hearing Research, 316, 94-101.

Frissen, I.,  & Guastavino, C. (2014). Do whole-body vibrations affect spatial hearing? Ergonomics, 57(7), 1090-1101.

Pras, A., Cance, C., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Record producers’ best practices for artistic direction – From light coaching to deeper collaboration with musicians. Journal of New Music Research, 42(4), 381-395.

Rosenblum, A. L., Burr, G., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Survey: Adoption of Published Standards in Cylinder and 78rpm Disc Digitization. International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Journal, 41, 40-55.

Julien, C-A., Tirilly, P., Dinneen, J. D. & Guastavino, C. (2013). Reducing subject tree browsing complexity. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(11), 2201-2223.

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, 8(1), 42-65. Retrieved from

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.