About Us

Our department, established in 1968, is one of the best computer science departments in North America. Our large and diverse faculty are recognized internationally for excellence in research, teaching and innovation. We are located on the spectacular Point Grey peninsula in Vancouver, surrounded by ocean, forests, and mountains. We offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Via our students, staff, and faculty, our department has had tremendous industry impact, have won Technical Oscars, and founded the Canadian internet registration authority (CIRA). They have played key roles in numerous software startups, including Tasktop, Element AI, Brightside Technologies, AlgoLux, Zite, Webnames.ca, Silicon Chalk, Brainify, Exotic Matter, and more. Our department consistently fields a top team to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Our CS undergraduate teams have won the Pacific NW division twice in the past three years; only Stanford has advanced to the World Finals as often as we do.

Our celebrated faculty include a Canada 150 Research Chair, four Canada Research Chairs, and many Fellows of prestigious societies including the Royal Society of Canada, ACM, IEEE, SIAM, and the Sloan Foundation. They lead Canadian Networks of Centers of Excellence, and UBC’s Designing For People network and training program. Our department has one of the strongest graphics groups in the world.

We are an inclusive department that strongly supports diversity.  Our differences strengthen our department, advance the computing profession, and benefit society.


  • Chen Greif, Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department
  • Rachel Pottinger, Professor and Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs
  • Paul Carter, Professor of Teaching & Associate Head of Operations
  • Jim Little, Professor and Associate Head of Faculty Affairs
  • Will Evans, Professor and Associate Head of Graduate Affairs

ICICS/CS Building Hours

Monday – Friday7:30 - 18:30
Weekends & Holidaysclosed

Hugh Dempster Pavilion Hours

Monday – Thursday7:30 - 21:00
Friday7:30 - 18:30
Weekends & Holidaysclosed


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ICICS/CS Building 201-2366 Main Mall
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General: help@cs.ubc.ca
Undergrad program: undergrad-info@cs.ubc.ca
Graduate program: grad-info@cs.ubc.ca

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