Research opportunities

Updated November 2023

I am not currently taking on new M.Sc. or Ph.D. students

Please note that due to the volume of email, I am generally unable to reply to queries from prospective students. M.Sc. and Ph.D. applications proceed via the department's graduate admissions process. For more information, please visit our prospective student page.

Former graduate students and postdocs are now at universities and companies throughout the world, including ETH Zurich, Simon Fraser University, UC Berkeley, Google, Apple, Disney, and Electronic Arts, as well as founding or cofounding their own startups.

Post Doctoral Fellowships
I currently do not have post-doctoral fellowship funding available.

Ph.D., Ph.D. track M.Sc., and M.Sc.
I am not currently taking on any new M.Sc. or Ph.D. students.

The graduate program in the Dept of Computer Science has a highly competitive admissions process. If you are currently completing your degree, you excel in math and computer science, and have a passion for topics that span some subset of deep reinforcement learning, robotics, animation and graphics, control, and machine learning, then I encourage you to apply to our graduate program. Please include the text "(ubcapp)" in the subject line of any application-related email to me, but be aware that I still cannot promise a reply. Repeated emails to me insisting that I reply are not helpful, i.e., they will decrease my support for an eventual application. I simply cannot cope with the current large volume of email.

We now offer a PhD-track M.Sc. admission for exceptional incoming students. The UBC Department of Computer Science is also offering Merit Awards, in the amount of $10,000 each to outstanding incoming students (Canadian and international) in several areas, including computer animation and human simulation. These competitive awards are aimed at exceptional applicants. The awards will be given on top of a guaranteed full package of financial support, which the department offers to all of its graduate students. All students applying to the MSc and PhD programs will be automatically considered.

Directed Studies
If you are currently an undergraduate at UBC with an interest in a subset of motion control, robotics, reinforcement learning, and machine learning, it may be possible to arrange a direct studies topics course with me. Please come see me in person for more details.