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Research

The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science is one of the leading computer science units in the world. It is also one of the largest, with more than 80 faculty members, 40 staff, 300 graduate students and 2900 undergraduate students.
 
Researchers in the School engage in research on an incredible range of computer science and information systems topics. This research is leading the scientific community: QS Top University Rankings places us in the top 25 in the computer science departments in the world, while US News and World Report ranks us in the top 20. Among our faculty we have four members of the Royal Society of Canada, five Fellows of the ACM, three Fellows of the IEEE, one Fellow of the AAAI, three Canada Research Chairs, and 13 Ontario Early Researcher Awardees.
 
The research produced at the Cheriton School is also deeply connected to the Waterloo software community. About 24% of all university spin-off companies in Canada are from the University of Waterloo and computer science plays a prominent role in many of these. A few of the many exciting industrial projects and spinoffs from Waterloo are:
 
  • BioInformatics Inc. - a leading software provider for protein and peptide identification
  • Tamr - an exciting new startup in data curation and cleaning
  • Maplesoft produces the Maple symbolic computation software, one of the leading systems for mathematical computation
  • RapidMind provided leading software for high performance computation on GPUs (before being purchased by Intel in 2009)
  • OpenText, now Canada's largest software company, began with the digitisation of the Oxford English Dictionary project in the Department of Computer Science. This was the first major research and development project in electronic publishing and digital libraries
  • Watcom developed the WATFOR and WATFIV compilers, which were critically important in training a whole generation of programmers around the world.
Faculty and graduate students in the School continue to develop fundamental research results, publish in top scientific journals and conferences, and move research into practice by working with industrial partners and starting spin-off companies. We are committed to maintaining our leadership position in education and research. The research activities described here give just a brief overview of where we are and what we do. Please contact or visit us for more information.
 
Mark Giesbrecht, Professor and Director

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

 

Did you know?

  • Roughly 24% of all university spin-off companies in Canada are from the University of Waterloo. Many of these were influenced by computer science.
  • In 2005, a study by Science Watch identified our research as having the most scientific impact among 46 Canadian computer science units.

Achievements

Waterloo is credited with the following contributions to Computer Science:

  • The development of the WATFOR and WATFIV compilers - critically important in training a whole generation of programmers

  • The development of the Maple symbolic computation system, now one of the leading software products in its domain

  • The digitisation of the Oxford English Dictionary - the first major research and development project in electronic publishing and digital libraries.