Brian Harrington

Brian Harrington

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Computer Science


After completing his BSc in Computer Science at UTSC, Brian went on to earn his M.Sc. and Doctorate in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing from Oxford University in the UK. Brian then spent several years as a lecturer and research faculty at Oxford, before a brief stint as a researcher at the University of Wisconsin led him back to his Alma Mater where he has been teaching since 2012. Brian's research is in the field of computer science education with a focus on first year students and undergraduate research.

Research Interests: 

Computer Science Education
Undergraduate Research
Science of Teaching and Learning

Teaching Interests: 

Introductory Computer Science, Computer Science Pedagogy, Information Retrieval, Computer Networks, Social Impact of Computer Science

Awards and Grants: 

  • Canadian Centennial Scholar, 2007
  • Oxford University Clarendon Scholar, 2005


2009 - DPhil. Computer Science: University of Oxford
2005 - MSc. Computer Science: University of Oxford 
2004 - Honours BSc. Computer Science (co-op): University of Toronto Scarborough