Founding Principal Investigators

Jonathan Borwein

Professor, Computer Science, Dalhousie University

Jonathan M. Borwein was Shrum Professor of Science (1993-2003) and a Canada Research Chair in Information Technology (2001-08) at Simon Fraser University, and was founding Director of the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics. In 2004, he (re-)joined the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie as a Canada Research Chair in Distributed and Collaborative Research, cross-appointed in Mathematics, with an adjunct appointment at Simon Fraser.


Michel Vetterli

Professor, Physics, Simon Fraser University /TRIUMF

Michel Vetterli is a professor of physics at Simon Fraser University, cross-appointed with TRIUMF. From 1989 to 2001, Michel Vetterli was the Canadian project leader for HERMES, an experiment in Hamburg, Germany, to study the spin structure of the nucleon, a term which refers collectively to the protons and neutrons that are the fundamental components of all atomic nuclei. He is now active in the design of the computing for the ATLAS-Canada collaboration. ATLAS, which is under construction at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, will explore the fundamental nature of matter and the basic forces that shape our universe.


Grenfell Patey

Professor, Chemistry, University of British Columbia

Grenfell Patey is a professor of chemistry at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and one of Canada’s pre-eminent chemists. He has been a Steacie and a Killam Fellow, and has won the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. Combining analytical and computational methods, Patey has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of fluids characterized by long-range forces.


Jonathan Schaeffer

Professor, Computing Science, University of Alberta

Jonathan Schaeffer is a professor of computing science at the University of Alberta, a Canada Research Chair and an iCORE chair. He has a world-class reputation in artificial intelligence (he built Chinook, the world champion checkers program), and has worked extensively with parallel programming. He works with industry partners on artificial intelligence and games research and is co-founder of a successful spin-off company, BioTools (, which specializes in bioinformatics and games software.


Brian Unger

Professor, Computer Science, University of Calgary

Brian Unger is a professor of computer science at the University of Calgary and past-president and CEO of iCORE, Alberta’s Informatics Circle of Research Excellence. He received the CANARIE IWAY (Information Highway) Award in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to Canada’s information society. Unger was the founding president of Netera Alliance, Alberta’s ICT research infrastructure organization, and the founding chair of, Canada’s national umbrella organization for high-performance computing.