About Us

Welcome to the Multimodal Interaction Lab, run by Professor Catherine Guastavino and her passionate students and postdocs at McGill University.

We are affiliated with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology and McGill University’s School of Information Studies. The lab was established in 2006 with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

We investigate how people make sense of the world around them through different sensory modalities, with an emphasis on hearing. We conduct fundamental and applied research, both in natural settings and invirtual environments, to understand how to best convey information for multimodal interaction. Our team is very interdisciplinary and we collaborate with academics from a wide range of disciplines as well as industry partners, cultural institutions, and municipal and provincial governments.

Email: mil[dot]sis[at]mcgill[dot]ca

Main research areas

Cognitive science

Information science


Built environment

Sounds in the City

Sound in space

Sound art

Multimodal design and evaluation

Music Information

Past projects


Catherine Guastavino

Principal Investigator

Cynthia Tarlao

Senior Researcher & Program manager

Josée Laplace

Postdoctoral researcher

Valerian Fraisse

Doctoral candidate | Music Technology

Negar Imani

Doctoral student | Information Studies

Christopher Trudeau

Doctoral candidate | Information Studies

Richard Yanaky

Doctoral candidate | Information Studies

Chang Miao

Graduate research trainee | Information Studies

Noa Kemp

Master's student | Physiology

Ezra Teboul

Master's student | Information Studies

Edda Bild

Soundscape researcher and educator

Nicola Di Croce

Soundscape researcher



Sound design cooperative

Guillaume Boutard

Professor in Information studies | Université de Montréal

Cédric Camier

Project leader in Acoustics | Saint-Gobain Research

François-Xavier Féron

CNRS Researcher | IRCAM


Culinary teaching and research

Nicolas Misdariis

Ing. Dr. DR | IRCAM

Nadine Schütz

Sound architect | Echora

Daniel Steele

Soundscape researcher

Marcelo M. Wanderley

Professor in Music Technology | McGill University

Partners and funding agencies

Join Us

Prospective students

If you are interested in joining the Multimodal Interaction Lab, contact Prof. Guastavino in advance of the application deadline of the corresponding program. We are recruiting motivated graduate students in the PhD program in Information Studies, Master’s program in Information Studies project option as well as the M.A and Ph.D. in Music Technology.

We also invite advanced McGill undergraduate students from related fields (e.g. Cognitive Science, Psychology) to apply for volunteering opportunities, research courses or honours thesis related to our research projects.

Applicants with research experience in psychoacoustics (particularly spatial hearing), soundscape, multimodal user-centred design, and music information are especially encouraged to apply. To apply, e-mail Prof. Guastavino (catherine[DOT]guastavino[at]mcgill[DOT]ca) a brief description of your career goals, past research experience (including a sample publication), description of your research interests (in 1 or 2 paragraphs), and attach a CV (describing your academic and professional history, publication record, past and current GPAs, and awards received).

We strongly recommend that you apply for external fellowships/scholarships to support your graduate studies (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, or FRQ). Note that the deadlines for these fellowships/scholarships are in the fall semester of the year prior to the September in which graduate studies begin. International students who wish to pursue doctoral studies at McGill. can learn more about funding opportunities on the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. Applications are prepared with the supervisor’s input, and are typically due in the summer before the university application deadline. We typically provide financial support to students who make good progress in research, subject to the availability of research funding, chosen research topic, and external awards held.


We are recruiting a full-time postdoc to work on our Sound in Space project to work on dynamic sound localization for 1 or 2 years starting in Fall 2024 or Winter 2025. Applicants with expertise in psychoacoustics, spatial hearing, motion perception, and/or spatial audio are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, e-mail Prof. Guastavino (catherine[DOT]guastavino[at]mcgill[DOT]ca) a brief description of your career goals, past experience in spatial hearing (including a sample publication), description of your research interests (1 or 2 paragraphs), and attach a CV (describing your academic and professional history, publication record, past and current GPAs, and awards received).

Postdoctoral awards are also available from the provincial and federal granting agencies. Please contact Prof. Guastavino to coordinate an application to one of these programs.


Journal articles

Conference papers