Dr. Fred Popowich

Fred Popowich received his PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1989, and since then has been a faculty member in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He is the President of the Canadian Network for Visual Analytics (CANVAC) and Director of the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics, a joint initiative of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. He is an Associate Member of the Department of Linguistics, and an Associate Member (and past director) of the Cognitive Science Program

He is an active in technology commercialization, chaired the committee responsible for Canada’s language technology roadmap, and was co-founder, president, COO and then CTO of Axonwave Software. He is currently a member of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia and is on the Management Committee of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS). He is also an Advisory Committee Member of Ontario's Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD).

Professor, Computing Science


  1. -International Characters Inc.

  2. -co-founder: Response42.com, LoaPostSweetlightning

  3. -technology advisor: Treatment.com, iCare Health Informatics

Contact Information

  1. -popowich at sfu.ca

  2. -phone: +1 (778) 782-4193


  1. -Follow me on twitter @fredpopowich