Research Partners

Math Innovation (MI) provides a link between Industry, not-for-profits, and the Faculty of Mathematics researchers, and is available to support both internal researchers and external partners who are interested in future collaborations. MI is available to create that initial connection, support project development and develop funding proposals to assist external partnership creation and success.

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External partners have the opportunity to work with researchers in cutting edge research areas:


The study of the design, analysis and implementation of algorithms is at the heart of computer science. Researchers in Cheriton School of Computer Science explore a variety of algorithm types and areas of application, including computational geometry, graph theory (including graph drawing), bioinformatics, learning theory, and more.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence in research accelerates data analysis, enhances pattern recognition, and facilitates complex problem-solving. Some specific focus areas of our group members are Machine Learning, Intelligent User Interfaces, Multi-agent Systems, and Natural Language Processing.


Studying climate is crucial to understanding and adapting to environmental changes, protecting the ecosystem, and ensuring a sustainable future. Our Climate Institute unites scientists and students, aiming to elevate the impact and excellence of innovative interdisciplinary research and education in response to the climate crisis.

Connectivity and Telecommunications

Telecommunications and networks research is a vast area of science and technology concerned with the development of the most efficient means of packaging and transmitting information between nodes.  Key goals of our research include reducing costs and power usage through the design of application-specific antennas, and maximizing bandwidth of communication channels via improvements in information system theory.


From black holes to cosmology, we aim to understand what lies beyond the Earth. The possibilities for new discoveries are limitless.


Cybersecurity and privacy are emerging as central issues our society needs to tackle in the coming decade to secure our future. The Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) at the University of Waterloo is addressing these challenges head-on by fostering interdisciplinary research collaborations in numerous application areas.

Data Science

The field of data science is broad in scope, combining multiple fields, such as: artificial intelligence, statistics and data analysis to clarify and extract value from data and derive actionable insights. Our research topics include Reliability of Machine Learning Models, Privately Linking Data Sources, Differential Privacy in Machine Learning Models and Databases, and more.

Finance & Insurance

Effective financial solutions rely critically on novel algorithms and mathematical models behind decision-making and planning procedures.In addition to offering a world-class group of researchers within Actuarial Science, our faculty features renowned talents within Combinatorics and Optimization and Computer Science, who have longstanding partnerships with key financial institutions worldwide.


Research in health is crucial as it strives to advance well-being by improving the quality of life for individuals, communities, and populations through the discovery and implementation of effective healthcare solutions. Our established and emerging areas of research impact include Health Technology, Aging, Mental Health, Brain and Body, and more.

Human-Computer Interaction

Human-computer interaction (HCI) focuses on the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems. In pursuit of making systems easier to use, more efficient, and more compelling, HCI draws upon a wide range of fields, including the behavioral sciences, social sciences, visual arts, design, and engineering.


The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is a global leader in discovering and developing smart and functional materials, connected devices, next-generation energy systems, and therapeutics and theranostics. These discoveries by our scientists and engineers are fundamentally changing our world and helping solve some of humanity's most pressing issues.


Privacy-preserving communication networks aim to establish enhanced security, privacy, efficiency, and scalability features compared to current networks.

Programming Languages

Every aspect of computer science depends on programming languages to transform human ideas into a practical, functioning form executable by a computer. Our Programming Languages Group (PLG) conducts research across the full spectrum, encompassing language design, parsing, type theory, static and dynamic analysis, code generation, and runtime systems.

Quantum Science

Quantum information formulates the notion of information in a manner that accounts for the quantum mechanical behavior of our world. Quantum computing at the Cheriton School of Computer Science focuses on the theoretical aspects of quantum computing, including the design and analysis of quantum algorithms, cryptographic protocols, quantum fault tolerance, and various issues in information and complexity theory.


Research in robotics is essential for progressing automation, artificial intelligence, and human-machine interaction, ultimately playing a crucial role in the creation of innovative technologies that improve efficiency, safety, and capabilities across diverse industries. The RoboHub at the University of Waterloo aims to achieve significant advancements in robotics, from fundamental research through design and development to commercial applications, including robots that build cars, explore space, deliver coffee, defuse landmines, or perform surgery.Top of Form

Scientific Computing

Engaging in Scientific Computing research is essential for the development and analysis of algorithms addressing large sparse matrices, large-scale optimization, least-squares problems, and the numerical solution of partial differential equations. The SciCom group carries out research on methods and software for supporting applications in such areas as medical imaging, option pricing and hedging, portfolio optimization, biomedical modeling, computational neuroscience, and physically based animation.


The University of Waterloo has one of the largest software engineering research groups in North America, with nine faculty members whose primary research area is in software engineering, plus other faculty members whose research overlaps with software engineering. Together, our research activities cover a wide spectrum of problems of how to build, verify, modify, and maintain large, complex software systems.

Theoretical Mathematics

Our Pure Mathematics department has strong research groups across the spectrum of Pure Mathematics, major strengths include Algebra, Geometry and Topology, Functional and Harmonic Analysis, Mathematical Logic, Number Theory, and Quantum Information.


Our Water Institute consists of researchers with expertise in water science, engineering, economics and governance who collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to address five research themes: the global water cycle, blue economy, watershed management, urban water systems and human health and well-being.