2014 Spring Newsletter / Faculty News

Research Grants & Awards

2014Winter_Faculty_GuastavinoDr. Catherine Guastavino is principal investigator on a five-year (2013-2018) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant ($150,000) for the project “Upper Limits of Auditory Motion Perception.” This research program investigates the relative contribution of different perceptual mechanisms used to localize sounds as they move around the listener. One of the major challenges to the auditory system in everyday listening is to track moving sound sources to predict their future path, e.g., an approaching car or a buzzing mosquito. To date, auditory motion perception has been largely understudied due to the complications of laboratory setups.

This research will benefit theory formation in cognitive science by refining auditory models. As well, it will have practical benefits for spatial sound reproduction: to determine the necessary and sufficient cues to recreate sound movements; multimodal installations: to enhance user immersion and engagement; and auditory alarms: using motion to draw attention to specific sounds.

2014Winter_Faculty_JulienDr. Charles-Antoine Julien is principal investigator on a three-year (2013-2016) Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) New Researcher Grant ($38,000) for the project “A Novel Library Collection Browsing and Information Retrieval Tool.” This project aims to develop a novel kind of online library catalogue that integrates keyword searching with an interactive visual representation of the topic hierarchy that describes the collection. The resulting tool will help users to explore organized information collections and discover new promising topics.

Dr. Julien is also principle investigator on a one-year (2013-2014) McGill Internal SSHRC Grant ($6,500) for the project “Social Network Visualization to Facilitate Subject Browsing in Library Collections.” This short term project aims to explore how users could interact with visual representations showing the true shape of subject structures (i.e., lattices) that provide access to much of the world’s organized information collections. Searchers may eventually be able to see and explore different ways in which subjects are related to find the topic they are seeking or discover new ones.

2014Winter_Faculty_ParkDr. Eun Park was co-investigator on a one-year (2012-2013) SSHRC Public Dissemination Grant entitled “Humanities Dissemination & Making Publics Using the Resource Description Framework” with PI Matthew Milner ($66,017). This project continued the work of the previous Making Publics (MaPs) project, with a goal to reconfigure scholarly dissemination for large scale interdisciplinary humanities research by using a new technology to build the audience. Using an experimental RDF vocabulary and repository with the aggregated research findings of individuals, MaPs scholars will enter into conversation with the larger work of linked digital data. This innovation will change how humanities research interacts with systems that now power much of the world’s online activities.

Dr. Park also joined the 2013-2018 InterPARES Trust Project Canadian Team as a researcher for the project “Trust and Digital Records in an Increasingly Networked Society” ($200,000). The goal of this research is to generate the theoretical and methodological frameworks that will support the development of integrated and consistent local, national and international networks of policies, procedures, regulations, standards, and legislation concerning digital records entrusted to the Internet and to ensure public trust grounded on evidence of good governance, a strong digital economy, and a persistent digital memory.

This represents a selection of the many exciting research projects underway at the School. For more information on the School’s research activities, please visit our website at www.mcgill.ca/sis/research/areas