Taylor J. Smith


About Me

I was born in London, Ontario, Canada. There, I completed my public school education and bachelor’s degree. I then moved to Waterloo, Ontario, and later to Kingston, Ontario, to complete my master’s and doctorate degrees, respectively.

From 2014 to 2015, I was a research assistant in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, where I worked under the tutelage of Helmut Jürgensen to complete my bachelor’s thesis. Also, my desk was in a penthouse office, which I thought was pretty cool.

From 2015 to 2017, I was a graduate research student (and, later, a sessional instructor) in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. I completed my master’s thesis as a student of Jeffrey Shallit, and I was a member of the Algorithms and Complexity group.

Since 2017, I have been a PhD candidate (and, for one term, a teaching fellow) in the School of Computing at Queen’s University. I am supervised by Kai Salomaa, and I am a member of the Formal Languages and Automata Theory group.

In 2021, I will be joining the Department of Computer Science at St. Francis Xavier University as an assistant professor and Alley Heaps Associate.

Alongside my research and teaching duties, I was the former president of the Queen’s Graduate Computing Society from 2019 to 2020, and I was also a department representative in the Queen’s Society of Graduate and Professional Students from 2017 to 2020.

Just for fun: my Erdős number is 2 and my account balance at the Bank of San Seriffe is 0x$1.00.

Personal Interests

I enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction, as well as playing chess and other board games. When the weather is nice, I like to go running or cycling. I’m interested in natural languages, and I have a good understanding of French (as is expected of anybody who attended a Canadian public school). My favourite musical instrument is the piano.

In my youth, I collected coins and stamps. Nowadays, I curate a unique collection of memorabilia from the Montréal 1976 Olympics, the first Olympics to be held in Canada.