Concordia celebrates 50 years of teaching and research in computer science

Software engineering associates

Since then, things have evolved at breakneck speed.

In 1998, the faculty introduced the first Quebec program in software engineering as part of the computer science department. The program was later accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers Canada in 2002. This prompted the department to choose a representative name, and it officially became the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. in 2004.

In 2009, the software engineering and computer science programs passed the accreditation process of the Canadian Society of Computer Science.

As the department grew, it occupied many houses along the way.

“We first started in the Hall Building, then moved to the 10th floor of the Library Building when it was built,” says Lata Narayanan, current director of the department.

“When the faculty occupied the EV building, we joined them on the third floor. Now, for a year, we’ve called the ER building our home, where we occupy nearly four entire floors — ninth through twelfth.

To look forward

Narayanan is supported by two Associate Chairs, Weiyi Shang, Associate Professor, and Juergen Rilling, Professor. Together, they lead a department that has more than 50 professors, including:

  • Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, Professor and Holder of the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Empirical Software Engineering for the Internet of Things
  • Tristan Glatard, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Big Data Infrastructures for Neuroinformatics, Co-Director of the Institute of Applied AI at Concordia University
  • Marta Kersten-Oertel, Associate Professor, Head of the Applied Perception Laboratory and Scientific Director of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Research Center at Concordia School of Health
  • Emad Shihab, Associate Professor, Concordia University Research Chair in Data Analytics for Software Systems, and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

“The department recently launched two new multidisciplinary programs in health and life sciences and data sciences. We welcomed new faculty to work in key strategic areas such as machine learning, computer networks and human-computer interaction,” Narayanan shares.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we continue to build momentum within our research and our community. I am very optimistic for the future. »

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