About Us

Department circa 1975

A photographic timeline of our department

UBC's Department of Computer Science is one of the top two Computer Science departments in Canada. UBC is ranked as one of the world’s top 25 universities for Computer Science.

The department was established in May 1968 by six founding UBC faculty members. Recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching with a conscious focus on interdisciplinary programs, the Department encourages diversity both within its community and areas of study. It plays a leadership role in research, teaching and outreach activities to champion the understanding and integration of Computer Science within all aspects of society.

Faculty, Students and Staff

The Department has doubled in size - in almost every dimension - between 2000 and 2005. It is currently a community of 55 faculty members, 200 graduate students, 10 post-doctoral fellows and associated visitors, approximately 1300 undergraduate students, and 35 technical and administrative staff.


  • Chen Greif, Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department
  • Ian Mitchell, Professor and Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs
  • Michael Friedlander, Professor and Associate Head of Faculty Affairs
  • Will Evans, Professor and Associate Head of Graduate Affairs

President, Janet Poon: Computer Science Students Society
President, Giovanni Viviani:Computer Science Graduate Students Association

Former Department Heads

Canada Research Chairs

Awards: Please visit our AWARDS Page for a more complete list of awards

Affiliations on the UBC Campus

Spin Offs: Point Grey ResearchWebnames.ca (indirect spin-off), Worio, Tasktop

Our Locations on UBC's Point Grey Campus

2366 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4 (Completed October 1993)
The Department is located at the southwest corner of Main Mall and Agronomy Road on the Pt. Grey Campus. Departmental activities take place in three buildings, two of which are newly-completed (2005). The building consists of research labs, administrative space, a reading room, and the Department's main administrative office.

ICICS/CS Addition (formally opened July 19, 2005) 
An addition to the original ICICS/CS building provides new shared facilities for the Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems and the UBC Department of Computer Science. The ICICS/CS addition consists of research labs, specialized spaces such as a motion capture lab, "smart" conference rooms, project space, space for graduate students, undergraduate computing labs, administrative offices, a top floor lounge designed specifically for special events with a stunning view of the ocean and mountains, student study areas, a Learning Center for undergraduates to promote small group learning, and a food outlet operated by UBC Food Services named Reboot Café.

Hugh Dempster Pavilion (Completed January 2005)
The Hugh Dempster Pavilion, named after the late J.R. Hugh Dempster, one of the founding fathers of the Department and a much appreciated associate professor, consists of three lecture theatres and two classrooms. This has replaced the Leonard S. Klinck Building on Agricultural Road as the main location of lectures.

These new facilities signify in physical space the heralding in a new era for the Department and finally offer a unified space on UBC's large campus to develop a cohesive scientific community and homebase for students, faculty and staff.

Funding for ICICS/CS Addition and Hugh Dempster Pavilion breaks down as ICICS at $22,137,128 and Computer Science and Hugh Dempster Pavilion at $17,605,000.

The funding has been provided by: The Province of B.C's, Double the Opportunity Initiative ($17,605 million); The Canada Foundation for Innovation ($8.855 million); BC Knowledge Development Fund ($8.267 million); and Dr. Stewart and Mrs. Marilyn Blusson ($2.633 million) with in kind donations to ICICS from PACE and Nortel Networks Inc.

Dempster Opens! A Hugh Dempster History121.75 KB

ICICS/CS Building Hours

Monday 7:30 - 18:30
Tuesday 7:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 7:30 - 18:30
Thursday 7:30 - 18:30
Friday 7:30 - 18:30
Weekends & Holidays closed

Hugh Dempster Pavilion (Core Hours)

Monday 7:30 - 21:00
Tuesday 7:30 - 21:00
Wednesday 7:30 - 21:00
Thursday 7:30 - 21:00
Friday 7:30 - 18:30
Weekends & Holidays closed

After Hours Access

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