Our Department

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto is among the best in the world. Our faculty are world leaders. We offer outstanding research opportunities for undergraduates, a tremendous selection of computer science courses and programs, and unparalleled academic options in the Faculty of Arts and Science. And the award-winning Bahen Centre for Information Technology is a state-of-the-art home base for computer science students on campus.

Since 1964, our researchers' work has had a major impact on the field:

  • Genesys, developed in 1967-9, one of the earliest interactive computer animation systems.

  • Expanding on Turing’s concept of computability – what a computer can and cannot solve – to include efficiency.

  • Early work in the 1980s on touch-screen tablets, well before the technology was commercially viable.

  • Leading the state-of-the-art in machine learning and neural networks.

Our researchers and graduate students continue to advance the field locally, nationally and internationally.

Today, we are ranked first in Canada and among the best computer science departments in the world according to QS World and Times Higher Education.

The Department of Computer Science is located in three buildings on the main St. George Campus - Bahen Centre for Information Technology (40 St. George Street), the Sandford Fleming Building (10 King’s College Road) and the D.L. Pratt Building (6 King’s College Road).

Our City: Toronto


Toronto is among the most diverse cities in the world with over 50% of its 2.79 million citizens born outside of Canada. It is ranked the safest metropolitan city in North America. With its boroughs to the east, west and north, the Greater Toronto Area totals over 5.5 million residents.

Known for its vibrant culture and arts scene, Toronto is a network of multicultural neighbourhoods. Chinatown, Kensington Market, Little Italy, the Annex and Yorkville are just a few of the popular destinations located within walking distance of our offices on the University of Toronto’s St. George (downtown) campus.

U of T is uniquely positioned to connect its students to industry opportunities. The region is headquarters to 37% of the top 250 Canadian ICT companies and is ranked fourth in the World's Top Ten Hubs.


The timeline is a constantly-evolving record of some of the department's historical highlights. If you have any suggestions and additions, contact us via e-mail.