Steve Easterbrook

Professor, Department of Computer Science.

University of Toronto, 
40 St George Street, 
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E4, 

Phone: +1 (416) 978 3610 

Blog: Serendipity
Twitter: @SMEasterbrook
Pinterest: smeasterbrook
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Member of the graduate faculty of the Centre for Environment
Member of the Centre for Global Change Science
Member of the Editorial Board for Geoscientific Model Development


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Research Interests

My research interests focus on the contributions of computing and software to the challenge of dealing with climate change. I like to use the label climate informatics to describe what I do. I've been studying how climate scientists develop computational models to improve their understanding of earth systems and climate change. When I started this work, I was really focussed on how they work as a software development community. But recently I've begun to explore the broader question of how they operate as a knowledge community.

My earlier work focussed on systems analysis for complex software-intensive systems, particularly questions such as how the views of different stakeholders can be compared and merged; the role of modelling for understanding and communicating key ideas about systems; software verification and validation and how it affects software quality; and the social and cognitive processes that support coordination within teams of software developers. I'm also interested in the broader question of how software development re-shapes human activities, or more accurately, how human activities and software systems co-evolve, each shaping the other in important ways.


My Students:

PhD students
MSc students
Susan Sim (now an assistant prof at UC Irvine)
Jonathan Lung
Daniel Levy
Mehrdad Sabetzadeh (now a postdoc at Simula)
James Williams
Nan Niu (now an assistant prof at MSU)
Elizabeth Patitsas
Wendy Liu
Jorge Aranda (now a postdoc at UVic)
Rick Salay (now a postdoc at U Toronto)
Lin Mei
Jon Pipitone

Publications: the full list

Some talks and tutorials I have given:

Patents held: Patents? Why on earth would I have patents? I'm a scientist, dammit. Patents only get in the way of open dissemination of research results.


Please note: all teaching materials on my website are made available under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Feel free to use and adapt this material, but respect the terms of this licence. If you would like original powerpoint files, please contact me.

Other interests

My interests include:
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