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 professorialemeritus and lecturer faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff, and 4,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students
Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science conduct studies on a diverse range of computer science research areas. According to the Maclean’s 2022 university rankings, we are first in Canada for the record year in a row based on our program and research reputation.
Among our faculty members we have eight Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, seven Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, and seven Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Sixteen of our faculty members are Early Researcher Awardees.
The research conducted at the Cheriton School of Computer Science is also deeply connected to the Waterloo software community and beyond. A few of the many exciting industrial projects and spin-offs from Waterloo are the following —
  • Inductiv — an AI start-up that uses machine learning to automate the task of identifying and correcting errors in data (acquired by Apple in 2020)
  • Rapid Novor — a leading software provider for protein and peptide identification
  • Tamr — an exciting start-up 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 at the Cheriton School of Computer Science 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 see About the Cheriton School of Computer Science for more information.