The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science is among the leading computer science institutions in the world. It is also one of the largest, with more than 100 faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff, 400 graduate students and 4,000 undergraduates.
Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science conduct research on an incredible range of computer science and information systems topics. This research is leading the scientific community, and according to Maclean’s 2021 university rankings, we rank first in Canada based on our research reputation.
Among our faculty we have eight Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, six Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, and six Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Fifteeen of our faculty members are Early Researcher Awardees.
The research conducted 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:
  • Inductiv — an AI start-up that uses machine learning to automate the task of identifying and correcting errors in data
  • Rapid Novor — 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 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.
Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo