UBC computer science research takes place in the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS/CS) building on campus, with nearly 2,000 sq. metres of lab space housing the many research groups, some being shared space among different groups.
There are two wings in the building, with some of the space shared between UBC Computer Science and ICICS. There are 323 seats in total devoted to CS research (as of 2021).
The research labs are far from the dark dingy labs of yesteryear. Their high ceilings provide open airy spaces, and facilitate enough clearance to suspend equipment from heavy-duty overhead grids.
The department houses a variety of research equipment, including:
- 3D printers
- 3D motion-capture equipment
- Virtual and augmented reality equipment
- Compute servers
- Multiple GPU server clusters
- Eye-tracking technology
- Camera and synchronization equipment