Message from the Director

Simon Fraser University offers one of the largest and highest quality computer science programs in Canada. From networks and computer systems to graphics and biomedical image analysis to artificial intelligence and algorithms and complexity theory, we offer a breadth of knowledge covering the major areas in computer science.

We count more than 1500 undergraduate and 200 graduate students in the School of Computing Science.

As the School’s Director, I feel privileged to be leading a talented group of dedicated staff, inspiring teachers, and renowned researchers, including two Canada Research Chairs. Our faculty, staff and students demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our researchers make fundamental contributions to knowledge across theoretical and applied areas of computer science.  Our School maintains strong ties with industry, research organizations, and the community at large. This allows us to offer exciting co-op jobs, ensuring that our students gain relevant skills and knowledge, and conduct cutting-edge research that makes a difference in our economy, public health and safety, and the environment.

I was born in Vancouver, and after completing my studies at Toronto and UC Berkeley, I was excited to join SFU as a faculty member.  There have been remarkable changes in the School since then. In 2005, we introduced the unique dual degree program with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. This award-winning program provides students the opportunity to acquire two degrees from two excellent universities, and to access a rich cross-cultural experience.

In 2014, we launched the Big Data M.Sc. program, leveraging our world-leading faculty in Big Data to develop a cutting-edge program of study to meet the industry need and student demand for education in the emerging field of data science.

From 2008-2012 and again in 2014 (for the year 2015), SFU has been recognized as Canada’s No. 1 comprehensive university by Maclean’s magazine, a nod to the university’s student-faculty ratio, high number of faculty research awards, and student resources. SFU has consistently ranked at, or near, the top of this list for the past 21 years that Maclean’s has been conducting their research.

Among computer science programs, the School of Computing Science ranks among the Top 50 worldwide and number 3 in Canada according to the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

We have many things to be proud of at SFU Computing Science and I invite you to learn more through our website or by contacting us directly.

Dr. Greg Mori
Director and Professor
School of Computing Science