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Installation for Off Campus and Personal Computers for Faculty and Researchers

The software may also be installed on the computers of current SFU Faculty and current SFU Researchers, as well as staff members in academic departments, including their own personal machines.  Note that some graduate students may be considered researchers under the terms of the license agreement and so the software may be available to them as well. 

Installation instructions are available here.

Current SFU Faculty status will be determined by the "faculty" role set in the Human Resources system.

Current SFU Researcher status will be determined by the faculty member they're working with.  Faculty members can use this web form to add the SFU Computing IDs of users that are valid researchers to a list that will be checked when the users apply to get the Matlab activation key.

Current Staff Members in an Academic Department status will be determined by senior departmental IT support staff, who can use this web form to add the SFU Computing IDs of these users to a list that will be checked when staff members apply to get the Matlab activation key.

Installation for use on the Personal Computers of Grad Students and Undergrads.

As of August 2015, Matlab is now available to all graduate students, whether engaged in research or not, as well as all undergrads currently enrolled in a degree granting course.

Graduate students who do not qualify as "researchers", as defined above, may install Matlab under the student license.  Note that there is very little diference between the two, so for many, it might be simpler to just install the student version.

Installation instructions are available here.


Is my computer platform supported?

MathWorks has recently updated their list of supported operating systems. To see if your computer is supported, please click here

Matlab from Mathworks Inc. has been site licensed for use at SFU, including a large number of toolboxes.  See the list here.

Installation for on-campus SFU computers

The software is available for installation on any SFU computer on any of the SFU campuses.  This includes desktops in people's offices and machines in labs.  Installation instructions are available here. These installers are designed for University-owned computers and computer labs. Access is restricted to campus technical support staff.

Valid Researchers

For the purposes of the Matlab license, valid researcher status must be carefully considered.  In almost every case, students of the university are excluded from researcher status.  

Visiting faculty are not eligible unless issued a valid SFU ID (role accounts are not sufficient) and also employed (as defined in the SFU HR system) by the university. 

If the software will be used for anything course related, credit course or non-credit course, they are not researchers.

If the person is not a graduate student, they are almost certainly not a researcher, although there could be rare cases where an undergrad qualifies.  Note that even graduate student status does not automatically qualify someone.

However, if a person is working on a joint research project with a faculty member and their name will appear with that of the faculty member on the resulting paper, they unquestionably qualify as a researcher.

Many cases will fall in a gray area between unquestionably eligible and unquestionably not eligible; faculty are asked to simply use their best judgement to make a determination.


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