I am assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria.

You can learn more about my research. Download my short bio.

I teach courses in software engineering (mostly) for our Software Engineering and Computer Science programs.

I serve in various roles as workshop and conference organizer, program committees, student supervision, journal reviews, etc. Among others:


I occasionally act as speaker, consultant and expert for matters relating to software architecture and software requirements, including architecture analysis, modern software development practices, and analytics for software engineering.


  • 01/2019 Square Kilometre Array, Manchester, UK, I led a two day architecture review and critical design review for the telescope’s science data processor.
  • 2013-2017 Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, USA. I consulted with different government agencies on software design and modernization, and led industry-specific software training courses.


  • senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • postdoc in software engineering at the University of British Columbia.
  • PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
  • master’s student in Computer Science at the University of Victoria.
  • undergraduate research in geography and GIS at the University of Victoria, including work placements with the BC Ministry of the Environment.


email: neil@neilernst.net
twitter: @neilernst
Fax: 250-472-5708
Postal Mail:
Department of Computer Science
University of Victoria
Engineering & Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 504
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada