Vijay Ganesh is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo's department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, cross-appointed with the School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Math, and the Co-Director of the Waterloo AI Institute. He is also a member of the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, the Waterloo Computational Math program, and the Waterloo blockchain research community. Vijay completed his PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 2007 and was a research scientist at MIT from 2007 to 2012.

The primary focus of Vijay's research is the theory and practice of SAT/SMT solvers and their applications in software engineering, security, AI, mathematics, and physics. Vijay currently leads the following projects:
1. Machine Learning (ML) for Logic (SAT/SMT Solvers)
        SAT solvers and machine learning (MapleSAT)
        Z3str4 string, arithmetic, and regular expression solver
        SAT-based cryptanalysis and ML-based parallel SAT solvers
2. Logic for Machine Learning
        Logic+ML: Testing/Verification of ML, and Combinations of ML and Solvers
3. Complexity Theory of Solvers and Formal Methods
Proof complexity-theoretic analysis of SAT/SMT solvers and formal methods
4. Applications of Solvers + Machine Learning in Mathematics and Physics
MathCheck SAT+CAS combinatorial conjecture verifier
       AI (Machine Learning + Logic) for Physics
5. Other Software Engineering, Security, and Optimization Projects
       Attack resistant security defense mechanisms for software
       Testing, verification, and analysis of smart contracts (founding advisor: quantstamp)

From 2005-2012, Dr. Vijay Ganesh led the STP bitvector and array solver project. See also Vijay's publications and CV.

Profile: Google Scholar (most-cited first), DBLP, LinkedIn, Math Genealogy, Simons Institute @ Berkeley,

Notable Awards, Honors, Medals, and Distinctions

Below find a list of notable awards that Dr. Ganesh has received in his career. A complete list is available on his awards page.
  1. ACM ISSTA Impact Paper Award 2019 (Best paper in 10 years at ACM ISSTA conference)
  2. Silver medal at SAT 2017 Competition (main track)
  3. Silver medal at SAT 2017 Competition (no-limits track)
  4. ACM Test of Time Award at CCS 2016 (Best paper in 10 years at ACM CCS conference)
  5. Best Paper Award at ACSAC 2016
  6. Ontario Early Researcher Award 2016, Canada
  7. Gold medal at the SAT Competition 2016 (Main Track)
  8. Gold medal at the SAT Competition 2016 (Application Track)
  9. IBM Faculty Award 2015
  10. Paper on MathCheck conjecture verifier selected for the JAR Journal Special Issue on Best Papers at CADE 2015
  11. Paper on Z3str2 String Solver selected for FMSD Journal Special Issue on the Best Papers at CAV 2015
  12. Google Faculty Research Award 2013 (Only 6 winners worldwide in software engineering in 2013)
  13. Google Faculty Research Award 2011 (Only 9 winners worldwide in software engineering in 2011)
  14. ACM Distinguished SIGSOFT Paper Award 2009 (for the HAMPI string solver paper)
  15. Ten-year most influential paper citation at DATE 2008 (Best paper in 10 years at the DATE conference)


  Undergraduate courses

     ECE208 - Logic, Computability, Complexity (S2019, F2020)   
     ECE250 - Algorithms and Data Structures (F2015)
     ECE351 - Compilers (W2014, S2014, W2015, S2017, S2018)
     ECE458 - Computer Security (W2013, S2014, S2017)

  Graduate courses  
ECE653 -  Software Testing, Quality Assurance, and Maintenance (S2020)
     ECE750-T28 - Computer-aided Reasoning (W2013, F2013, W2015, F2016, F2017, F2018)

Professional Service

Editorial and Steering Committees
Conference/Workshop Co-chair and Organizer
Program Committee Member:
ATVA 2021 (PC Co-chair), IJCAI 2021 (Senior PC), CAV 2021, PLDI 2021, AAAI 2021, FM 2021SOCS 2021, AAAI-XAI 2021, POPL 2020, AAAI 2020, IJCAI 2020, ICTAI 2020, IJCAI 2019, ICTAI 2019, ICISS 2019, CP 2018, IJCAI 2018, SAT 2018, CAV 2018, FM 2018, IJCAR 2018, FSCD 2018, PoS 2018, FroCos 2017, SYNASC 2017, CP 2017, Association of Symbolic Logic (ASL) Special Session 2017, ICSE (NIER) 2017, PLDI (ERC) 2017, SC^2 2017, Fields Institute SAT Workshop 2016, USE 2016, SC^2 Workshop 2016, Formal Methods 2016, VSTTE 2016, PAAR 2016, ICCS 2016, ISAIM 2016, POPL (ERC) 2016, ICDCIT 2016, SPSM 2015, ASSESS 2015, CSTVA 2015, VSTTE 2015, SMT 2015, Formal Methods 2015, AAAI 2015, USE 2015, CSTVA 2014, ASSESS 2014, FroCos 2013, CSTVA 2013, SMT 2012, IEEE NCA 2012, SMT 2011, IEEE NCA 2011

Contact Information

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering          
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Office: DC 2530
Tel: +1 (519) 888-4567 x32866