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Dr. Gail Murphy

Gail Murphy

Dr. Gail Murphy

Professor (Computer Science) & Vice-President Research & Innovation, University of British Columbia

Dr. Murphy’s appointment on August 14, 2017 marked the repositioning of the VP, Research role to VP, Research and Innovation, underscoring a commitment to innovation as a key strategic priority.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Murphy served as the Associate Vice-President, Research pro tem at UBC. She was involved in the strategy and operations of the Research Excellence Cluster initiative; strengthened UBC’s involvement with Microsoft; helped found the Cascadia Urban Analytics Consortium (a joint initiative with the University of Washington); and improved research infrastructure in the areas of Advanced Research Computing and Sequencing and Bioinformatics.

Dr. Murphy is a Professor in UBC’s Department of Computer Science.

After completing her B.Sc. at the University of Alberta in 1987, she worked for five years as a software engineer in the Lower Mainland. She later pursued graduate studies in computer science at the University of Washington, earning first a M.Sc. (1994) and then a Ph.D. (1996).

Dr. Murphy joined UBC in 1996 and was a key driver of the new Masters of Data Science, a professional graduate program launched in Fall 2018—and has been instrumental in championing the creation of a Data Science Institute at the university. She also maintains an active research group with post-doctoral and graduate students.

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by providing the necessary tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that matters most for their work

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist, as well as co-founder, board member and former Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Incorporated.