Welcome from Raouf Boutaba, Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

On behalf of our faculty and staff I welcome you to the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

We look forward to an exciting year with our students, both those beginning their university education and those returning — exceptional undergraduate and graduate students alike who excel despite a challenging pandemic.

photo of Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

The Cheriton School of Computer Science is among the world’s most prominent computer science institutions, with a legacy of leadership in computer science research and education. Our School is home to nearly 100 professors, lecturers and professors emeritus, and 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff. We have 16 vibrant research groups, the members of which mentor more than 400 graduate students. Our professors, lecturers and instructors look forward to inspiring our undergraduate students, who as of this fall number nearly 4,000.

For more than half a century, we have been a top computer science school in Canada and among the best internationally. Our faculty are distinguished scholars — we have eight Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, six Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, six Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, three Canada Research Chairs, two CIFAR AI Chairs, one CIFAR Fellow, and 15 Ontario Early Researcher Award winners.

Our research spans the field from core work on the theory of computation, AI and machine learning, data systems, networking, and programming languages to human-computer interaction, software engineering, symbolic computation, and DNA and quantum computing.

In recent months our researchers, graduate and undergraduate students have:

Our researchers have launched more than 50 successful companies and start-ups, among them OpenText, Maplesoft, RapidMind, Rapid Novor, Inductiv, and RSVP.ai. Many researchers collaborate extensively with high-tech companies internationally, including Thomson–Reuters, Google, Facebook, Huawei, RBC, CIBC, Microsoft, and HP.

Cheriton computer science students are among the best in the world. They have twice won the worldwide International Collegiate Programming Contest, an annual multi-tiered programming competition among the universities of the world. Year after year, our students consistently place highly in the ICPC.

Our doctoral students have become professors at universities across the globe, including at MIT, Harvard, Cornell, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford, the University of Alberta and UBC. Our undergraduate alumni excel in graduate programs around the world, and are sought after by tech giants, innovative startups, and small and medium enterprises. We are extremely proud of the entrepreneurs among them such as the founders of Wish and Maluuba.

At a time when the technology industry struggles with diversity and inclusivity, the number of female students in our school is seeing a strong and steady increase. This progress is essential as we play a major role in training Canada’s computer science leaders. Much of our work in this area is coordinated by our Director of Women in Computer Science and the Women in Computer Science committee. Together, they offer popular events and community outreach programs, including GIRLsmarts4tech, a free program that inspires young girls to explore technology, and Technovation Girls, an international program that provides teams of young women an opportunity to develop programming talent while building marketing and entrepreneurial skills.

Please explore our web site and check our news feed regularly to learn more about what we do.

Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science