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 90 faculty members, 50 staff, 400 graduate students and 3,600 undergraduates.
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 five Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, five Fellows of ACM, four Fellows of IEEE, one Fellow of AAAS, two tier 1 Canada Research Chairs, and 14 Ontario Early Researcher Awardees.
The research produced at the Cheriton School is also deeply connected to the Waterloo software community. A few of the many exciting industrial projects and spin-offs 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 digitization 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