In memory of our colleague, Professor Fahiem Bacchus, 1957–2022

Monday, September 26, 2022

We are saddened to announce that our colleague, Professor Fahiem Bacchus, passed away on September 22, 2022. 

Professor Bacchus was a faculty member from 1988 to 1999 at Waterloo’s then Department of Computer Science, after which he joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto to assume the position of Professor.

photo of Professor Fahiem Bacchus

Fahiem Bacchus
(Original photo by Jonathan Lung)

Professor Bacchus was a renowned computer scientist who, for more than three decades, made significant contributions to the theory and practice of artificial intelligence, specifically to the field of knowledge representation and reasoning. He authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and won multiple best-paper awards. His solvers won top placements in several international competitions.  

Please see the in memoriam on the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science website. On that page friends and colleagues can share reflections on his life and legacy. 

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Professor Bacchus’s family, friends and colleagues.


A celebration of Professor Bacchus’s Life

Professor Bacchus’s family has organized a Celebration of Life on Friday, September 30, to follow a private funeral. All of Fahiem’s Waterloo friends and colleagues are invited to attend on Friday, September 30, starting at 11:30 a.m., in the Guildhall of the Old Mill in Etobicoke. 

A buffet lunch, both indoor and outside, will start at about noon, followed by sharing and reflections. No dresscode, and no need to RSVP.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations, in memory of Fahiem Bacchus, to establish a scholarship in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

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