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S. Samuel Li, PhD, P.Eng.

Chair & Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering


S. Samuel Li, PhD, P.Eng.
Office: S-EV 6121  
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3033
Email: sam.li@concordia.ca

Dr. Li is the Chair of the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering. He joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2007, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and to Full Professor in 2017. He has a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (the Norwegian Institute of Technology) for research on modelling density-stratified flow. Prior to joining the department, he was an Instructor at the University of British Columbia, where his primary area of teaching and research was Hydrotechnical Engineering, in particular river hydraulics, sediment transport, density-stratified flow and water-ice interaction. His previous work included six years of post Ph.D. industrial experience (Seaconsult in British Columbia and Oceanor in Norway) in environmental hydraulics models, river and coastal simulations, water quality assessments and turbulent mixing theories. Dr. Li is a licensed Professional Engineer (British Columbia), a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and a member of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research. He is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.

Research

  • Water resources engineering
  • Sediment transport in gravel-bed rivers and river erosion
  • Computational methods in river hydraulics and density-stratified flow
  • Pollutant transport and turbulent mixing in shallow water
  • Water-ice interaction
  • Coastal hydraulics
  • Drainage engineering


Teaching activities

Design Therory and Practice (DART 600) - Concordia

Graduate level seminar on design theory applied to student projects for their Master thesis. 

Discursive Design Research I (DART 491) - Concordia

Me Myself and AI, Is this my voice? Exploring generative AI tools to craft an artist or design statement.

In Concert: McGill Bicentennial Multimedia Outdoor Performance Stage (MOPS) MUGS 675 special project

Immersive
Sound, Interaction with Architecture McGill University, winter 2019

Sonic Boundary Objects Approaching the style of blind navigation through sound recording and literature

Co-taught with Dr. Piet Devos at the University of Graz in the Centre for Intermediality Studies (CIMIG), spring 2018


Publications

Research Creation

− Berk Schneider, Florian Grond, Jeanne Côté, Pedram Diba, Min Seok Peter Ko, Sang Song, Tiange Zhou, and Shahrokh Yadegari. Musicians auditory perception, listening and empathizing in the creative process. TOR Timbre and Orchestration Writings (Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration Project), 1(1), August 2022

− David Johnson and Florian Grond. Remote Feelings: Towards a Blind Aesthetic in Long Distance Collaborations. Disability Studies Quarterly, special issue on Blindness Arts, 38(3):1–pp, https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/6474/5091 2017

− Florian Grond and Piet Devos. Sonic Boundary Objects: Negotiating Disability Technology and Simulation. Digital Creativity special issue on Creative Technologies and Innovation: Health and Wellbeing, Nov 10 2016

− F. Grond, A. Olmos, and J. Cooperstock. Making Sculptures Audible through Participatory Sound Design (artist statement). Leonardo Music Journal, 23:12–13, 2013

Spatial and Immersive Audio

−  Will Howie, Atsushi Marui, Toru Kamekawa, Florian Grond and Akira Omoto. Objective comparison of 3D audio reproduction withand without bottom channels, Audio Engineering Society Conference.2023 International Conference on Spatial and Immersive Audio, 2023, AES


− Florian Grond, Marek Kabacinski, Andrzej Mroz, Bartlomiej amd Ruminski, and Tomasz Zernicki. The computational complexity of Object-based audio (OBA) and Volumetric Scene-based audio (VSBA). Audio Engineering Society Convention Paper, October 19 - 20 2022


− Jack Kelly, Florian Grond, Wieslaw Woszczyk, and Richard King. A perceptual evaluation of spatial room impulse responses captured using spaced hoa microphone arrays. Audio Engineering Society Convention Paper, October 19 - 20 2022

− Florian Grond, Jack Kelly, and Wieslaw Woszczyk. Spaced A-B placements of higher-order Ambisonics microphone arrays: Techniques for recording and balancing direct and ambient sound. Acoustical Science and Technology, 43(2):131–142, 2022

− W. Howie, R. King, D. Martin, and F. Grond. Subjective Evaluation of Orchestral Music Recording Techniques for Three-Dimensional Audio. In Proceedings of the 142th Audio Engineering society International convention, Berlin, Germany, May 20-22 2017

Grond, Florian and Lecomte, Pierre. Higher Order Ambisonics for SuperCollider, LinuxAudio Developer Conference, 2017 Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne – France

 

Critical Disability Studies

− Florian Grond, Keiko Shikako-Thomas, and Eric Lewis. Adaptive musical instruments (amis): Past, present, and future research directions. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 9(1):122–142, 2020


− M Ariel Cascio, Florian Grond, Rossio Motta-Ochoa, Tamar Tembeck, Dan Ten Veen, and Stefanie Blain-Moraes. Working together: Ethnographic observations on participatory design involving adults with autism. Human Organization,
79(1):1–12, 2020

Assistive Technology Design

− Florian Grond, Rossio Motta-Ochoa, Natalie Miyake, Tamar Tembeck, Melissa Park, and Stefanie Blain-Moraes. Participatory design of affective technology: Interfacing biomusic and autism. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 13(1):250–261, 2022

− Florian Grond, M. Ariel Cascio, Rossio Motta-Ochoa, Tamar Tembeck, Dan Ten Veen, and Stefanie Blain-Moraes. Participatory design of biomusic with users on the autism spectrum. In 8th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) September 3rd-6th, 2019

− F. Grond, R. Motta-Ochoa, N. Miyake, T. Tembeck, M. Park, and S. Blain-Moraes. Participatory Design of Affective Technology: Interfacing Biomusic and Autism. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 2019

− Florian Grond, Melissa Park, Tamar Tembeck, and Stefanie Blain-Moraes. Interfacing Biomusic & Autism: Integrating Ethical Considerations into Affective Technology Design. In Workshop Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII2017), San Antonio, Texas, October 23-26 2017

− D. El-Shimy, F. Grond, A. Olmos, and J. Cooperstock. Eyes-Free Environmental Awareness for Navigation. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, 5(3-4):131–141, 2012

− T Droßard, F. Grond, and T. Hermann. Interaktive Sonifikation mathematischer Funktionen als Unterichtsmethode für blinde und sehbehinderte Schülerinnen und Schüler. blind sehbehindert, 132(1):42–52, Jan. 2012

Auditory Display and Human Computer Interaction

− F. Grond and T. Hermann. Singing Function, Exploring Auditory Graphs with a Vowel Based Sonification. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, 5(3):87–95, 2012

− F. Grond and T. Hermann. Interactive Sonification for Data Exploration, How Listening Modes and Display Purposes Define Design Guidelines. Organised Sound, Cambridge University Press, pages 41 – 51, 26 February 2014

− F. Grond, T. Bovermann, and T. Hermann. A SuperCollider Class for Vowel Synthesis and its Use for Sonification. In D. Worall, editor, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD-2011), Budapest, Hungary, June 20 - 24 2011. OPAKFI

− F. Grond and T. Hermann. Aesthetic Strategies in Sonification. Artificial Intelligence and Society AI&S, 27(2):213–222, 2012

− F. Grond, T. Hermann, V. Verfaille, and M. M. Wanderley. Methods for Effective Sonification of Clarinetists’ Ancillary Gestures. In S. Kopp and I. Wachsmuth, editors, Proc. 8th Int. Gesture Workshop, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 171–181, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009. Springer Verlag

Media Arts

− F. Grond. The earth is a disk, was Jens Brand uns zu hören gibt. positionen, Texte zur aktuellen Musik, Stadt Kartographie Klang, 1(94):38 – 40, Feb. 2013

− F. Grond. Safety Certificate: an audification performance of high-speed trains. Artificial Intelligence and Society AI&S, 27(2):293–295, 2012

− F. Grond and T. Schubert-Minski. Sonification, Scientific Method and Artistic Practice. In D. Daniels and S. Naumann, editors, Audiovisuology Compendium, volume 1, pages 285–295. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln, 2009

BOOK CHAPTERS and ESSAYS

− F. Grond and T. Hermann. Interactive Sonification for Data Exploration, How Listening Modes and Display Purposes Define Design Guidelines. In Senses and Sensation, Critical and Primary Sources. Bloomsbury, 26 January 2018

− F. Grond and T. Hermann. Zeitgenössische Perspektiven auf ästhetische Strategien der Sonifikation. In A. Volmar and A. Schoon, editors, Sound Studies: Kulturgeschichte der Sonifikation, pages 47 – 70. Transcript Verlag, 2012

− F. Grond and J. Berger. Parameter Mapping Sonification. In T. Hermann, A. Hunt, and J.G. Neuhoff, editors, The Sonification Handbook, chapter 15, pages 363–397. Logos Publishing House, Berlin, Germany, 2011

− F. Grond and T. Schubert-Minski. Sonification, Scientific Method and Artistic Practice. In D. Daniels and S. Naumann, editors, Audiovisuology Compendium, volume 1, pages 285–295. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln, 2009

− F. Grond. Inspired by Pawel Florenski, Space Filling Curves in New Media Works. In E. Michele, editor, Matematica e Cultura 2009, pages 43 – 54, Milan, 2009. Springer-Verlag Italia

− F. Grond. _zur form. In E. Michele, editor, Matematica e Cultura 2009, pages 121 – 127, Milan, 2009. Springer-Verlag Italia

− F. Grond. Sistemas Dinámicos - Hear and Now, Intermittent, _zur form: generative architecture. Aminima::new media-art now, (21):50–63, 2007. ISSN 1697-7777


Participation activities

Florian Grond,PhD, is an Assistant professor, media artist, and sonic interaction designer. His research interests are participatory design in the context of disability,the arts, immersive media, and assistive technology. He has published in the fields of sound studies, auditory display, assistive technology design,immersive sound recording, sonic ethnographies and art and disability. He has been an independent media artist for many years, exhibiting his works at several venues (Europe, North America, and Japan). When connecting design and disability, he draws from his creative practice as an artist and technologist.Over the last years, he has started collaborations with colleagues with disabilities from academia and the arts, resulting in research output, artistic creations, and exhibition curating. Before joining Concordia faculty, he held a post-doctoral appointment at Concordia, where he was part of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group. He further received a post-doctoral research-creation scholarship B5 from FRQSC, which he held at CIRMMT, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, McGill. Grond has supervised various engineering capstone projects and taught a course on sonic boundary objects, a method using immersive sound recording techniques for blindethnographies, developed with blind literary scholar Dr. Piet Devos, a post-doctoral fellow at Concordia University at that time. Grond was a research associate in the Shared Reality Lab at McGill after spending two years in the Sound Recording Department of the Schulich School of Music. He was the first to record with a 6-degrees-of-freedom sound recording system in several projects at McGill University and later in independent productions. Grond has several years of experience and published in 3D sound recording (microphone arrays) and immersive sound reproduction. He also worked as creative sound engineer and research lead for ZYLIA, a company that produces microphone arrays for sound recording in AR and VR applications.

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