John Sullivan



John Sullivan

Ph.D. Researcher


John Sullivan is a music technology researcher at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) and course lecturer at McGill University. His research involves the design and evaluation of new digital instruments and interfaces for music expression, human computer interaction, haptics, and movement analysis. Artistically, John comes from a background in music performance and multimedia design. His creative works have included several albums of recorded music, international touring with various bands, and exhibitions of audiovisual installations. Currently he is working on his Ph.D. on the topic of musical interface design and conducting research on design methodologies and evaluation of new instruments for popular music performance.

Research Interests

  • User-centered Digital Musical Instrument Design
  • Evaluation of Musical Interfaces
  • Audio-visual Installation
  • Haptic Interfaces
  • Multimodal perception

Academic Background

  • BFA Contemporary Music Performance and Composition – College of Santa Fe (United States), 2003
  • MFA Intermedia – University of Maine (United States), 2015