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CIRMMT Student Representative

CIRMMT's student representative is elected by the student membership and serves on our Board of Directors.  The student representative is responsible for chairing the Student Executive Committee (composed of up to eight axis student coordinators), and for developing new student-initiated activities within the Centre. The student representative consults with students on a regular basis to ensure that their concerns are brought to the Board. 


2014-2015 Student representative

Deborah Egloff


Deborah Egloff holds Dual Bachelor Degrees in Music Business and Music Synthesis from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Science in Architectural Sciences (Acoustics Major) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Egloff’s professional background as a recording engineer and film score composer, and her profound interest in neuro-computational correlates of music cognition and perception, led her towards a métier involving Audio-Haptics and Human Computer Interaction. She is a Ph.D. student in Music Technology at McGill University working with Dr. Marcelo Wanderley in the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL). Her interests include psychoacoustics, vibrotactile music parameters, sensors and converters, and biosignal processing.

Egloff functioned in several engineering, design and development projects. Her artistic work encompasses sound-sculptures, live performances involving composed and improvised pieces for computer, hand-made circuits, and modified electronic and acoustic instruments. Current works explore immersive media, resonant objects, sensory interfaces, viewer participation, and architecture and site as instruments. 

Personal statement

A researcher and a scientific artist, I see the world in Technicolor rather than in black and white, not only because the colours of the rainbow are more attractive than monochromatism, but for their increased data density, resolving power and the numbers of dimensions possibly represented on plane surfaces. Likewise, I imagine people’s mindsets as distinctive hues rather than continuous tones. 

I often think about optimizing the process of problem solving and gaining intelligence throughout the course of action. Smart people are everywhere, but bringing them together does not necessarily grant a solution. Divisiveness by linguistic and non-verbal elements often misrepresents the complexity of knowledge exchange, which is not intellectual ping-pong, but a process of sharing, learning and exploring. Thus, interdisciplinary research development relies on talent management and decision making as much as setting direction, approaching mistakes and accomplishing goals. 

My primary motivation for applying to become the student representative is to support CIRMMT’s mission of interdisciplinary research and collaboration through promoting the centre’s visibility, attracting talented student members and facilitating collaboration. CIRMMT’s unique and motivational work environment allows exploration, and produces a climate that is both comfortable and intense. As a student representative, I will help seeding opportunities, and co-organize CIRMMT activities with the CIRMMT Student Executive Committee. I will engage people in rigorous debate, foster transparent decisions, and effective execution. CIRMMT members will challenge themselves and others to surpass current knowledge and sustain superior results by instilling high expectations across the centre.


Axis Student Coordinators

The axis student coordinators are selected on a yearly basis by the co-leaders of our four research axes.  They are responsible for fostering interdisciplinary research developments amongst the student membership by promoting student research interests within each axis and by consulting with other axis student coordinators.  They represent their axis on the CIRMMT Student Executive Committee and assist with coordination of workshops and axis meetings. 

2014-2015 Axis Student Coordinators

RA1 - Instruments, devices and systems

  • Connor Kemp
  • João Filipe Santos

RA2 - Music information research

  • Hubert Léveillé Gauvin

RA3 - Cognition, perception and movement

  • Catherine Massie Laberge
  • Kai Siedenburg

RA4 - Expanded musical practive

  • Brice Gatinet
  • Ofer Pelz