To potential applicants for Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs

Dear applicants,

If you have strong interest in building real systems and solving exciting system design problems, you are invited to apply for a graduate program in systems. Doing research in systems is a challenging and rewarding experience. The SYNAR group strives for excellence in research and originality of ideas, and so we welcome students who are passionate and inspired about systems and are willing to dedicate their heart and soul to research in this area. The admission standards are very high, but if you qualify you will spend your graduate school years in a productive and friendly environment, surrounded by bright, enthusiastic and supportive colleagues.

The rest of this page tells you about Simon Fraser University, the systems research group, and the city of Vancouver.

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is a top university in Canada. In the past five years twice it was rated #1 in overall standings by McLeans (a Canadian university ranking company). SFU has over 25,000 students, many of which are international. It is located 15 minutes from Vancouver on a beautiful Burnaby mountain, which has been designated a conservation land. Some photos of campus surroundings can be found here.

Systems Research Group

Systems group is led by Dr. Fedorova. It is a part of Systems, Networking and Architecture research group (SYNAR) at the School of Computing Science. We have strong ties with industry, so our students have good prospects for getting an exciting high paying job after graduation. We do research in many aspects of systems. Our current interests center around multicore processors. For example, we are interested in answering questions like: "How do you design an operating system for a 1000-core processor?". We have many exciting projects waiting for you to work on. And if you already have an idea for a project, we would welcome it and help you to work on it.

Our School guarantees funding for graduate students: 2 years for Master's students, 4 years for Ph.D. students. The funding is sufficient to live comfortably in the Vancouver area. In addition, the school may offer higher stipend to students with excellent academic record.

Vancouver and Canada

For many years, Vancouver has been rated as the #1 city in the world to live in . Vancouver is truly wonderful: it is a young international city - very tolerant to foreign cultures and a true melting pot. On the streets of Vancouver you will see people from all over the world and you will hear many languages spoken.

Besides, Vancouver is an extremely beautiful city. Harboured at the sea coast and surrounded by the mountains, its beauty is breathtaking. Opportunitites for outdoor sports and activities are endless: hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, surfing, para-gliding, you name it - Vancouverites do it all.

Canada is very accepting for foreign visitors and immigrants. Comparing it with its southern neighbour, there is a much better chance to be granted a Canadian visa than a US visa. Students studying in Canada can easily get a work permit, so they can work off-campus if they wish. This is not the case in the US. Canadian progressive immigration policies provides an easy path to obtaining Canadian citizenship for people with higher education. Having a Canadian education makes this a no-brainer.

All in all, coming for a graduate school at SFU would be a wonderful experience!

We encourage you to apply. Application instructions can be found at our application website. You need to specify Dr. Fedorova as a potential supervisor, soyour application gets prompt attention.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have other questions.