Florian Grond, Assistant Professor, Design and Computation Arts
Dr. Florian Grond is not only a scholar but also a media artist and sonic interaction designer, bringing over 15 years of experience in research-creation, participatory design, and co-creation projects. His diverse research interests span from participatory design in the context of disability, the arts, immersive media, to assistive technology. In recent years, he has cultivated collaborations with colleagues with disabilities from both academia and the arts, resulting in significant research outputs, artistic creations, and exhibitions. Before joining Concordia as a tenure-track faculty member, he held a post-doctoral appointment at Concordia and was an integral part of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group from 2014 to 2016.
Grond received a B5 post-doctoral research creation award during his tenure at CIRMMT, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology at McGill (2015-2017). He has also supervised various engineering capstone projects and, notably, taught a course at the University of Graz focusing on sonic boundary objects. This method, developed in collaboration with blind literary scholar Dr. Piet Devos during Dr. Grond's post-doctoral fellowship at Concordia University, employed immersive sound recording techniques for blind ethnographies. His experience extends to working as a research associate in the Sound Recording Program of the Schulich School of Music at McGill, where he pioneered the use of a 6-degrees-of-freedom sound recording system in various projects. Dr. Grond has also put his expertise to use for ZYLIA, a company specializing in microphone arrays for sound recording in AR and VR applications. In 2023, he was awarded an SSHRC Insight Development Grant as PI, partnering with David Howes, Matthew Unger (both from Concordia), and Melissa Park (McGill), to embark on a research-creation project centered on immersive sound recordings that explore atmospheres from neurodiverse and multisensory perspectives.