Catherine Guastavino

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor; William Dawson Scholar - School of Information Studies

Associate Member - Schulich School of Music

Member - Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)

Contact Information
Email address: 
catherine.guastavino [at]
  • PhD, Psychoacoustics, Laboratoire d'Acoustique Musicale, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)
  • MSc, Computer Science and Music Technology, Institut Recherche Coordination Acoustique et Musique (IRCAM), Université Aix-Marseille, France
  • BSc, Mathematics, McGill University
Graduate supervision: 
Professional activities: 
  • Graduate Program Director (Ph.D.), School of Information Studies
Research areas: 
Auditory perception & cognition
Multimodal cognition
Music archiving & retrieval
Current research: 

FQRSC – Soutien aux équipes de recherche. Approches analytiques, perceptives et technologiques de l'orchestration musicale et sa pédagogie (Co-I, S. McAdams, P.I. and 5 others)


SSHRC. Insight Development Grant. Sounds in the city: Applying the soundscape approach to urban noise management.

In Collaboration with Ville de Montréal. (P.I.), see


NSERC. Engage and Engage Plus grants with Applied Acoustics Systems. Virtual Acoustics Models for Physically-modeled Musical Instruments. (P.I.)


CFI – NIF. Live Expression “in situ”: Musical and Audiovisual Performance and Reception. (Co-I., M. Wanderley, P.I. and 8 others).

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: 

Guastavino, C. (2018). Everyday Sound Categorization. In T. Virtanen, M. D. Plumbley, & D. Ellis (Eds.), Computational Analysis of Sound Scenes and Events (pp. 183–213). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Saitis, C., Scavone, G., Fritz, C., Guastavino, C., & Dubois, D. (2017). Perceptual evaluation of violins: a psycholinguistic analysis of preference verbal descriptions by experienced musicians. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (4), 2746-2757.

Steffens, J., Steele, D., & Guastavino, C. (2017). Situational and person-related factors influencing momentary and retrospective soundscape evaluations in day-to-day life. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(3), 1414-1425.

Romblom, D., Guastavino, C. & Depalle, P. (2016). Perceptual thresholds for non-ideal diffuse field reverberation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(5), 3908-3916.

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.