Julia Rubin

Julia Rubin

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

What is your educational background?

Both my undergraduate and Master's degrees are from the Technion. I then did my PhD at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral training at MIT. All my degrees are in Computer Science / Software Engineering. I also spent almost 10 years working as a software engineer, a researcher and a research manager at IBM.

Why engineering?

My mom was an engineer and a software developer — since I was five years old, I knew this is exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was always intrigued by these mysterious machines called computers and wanted to figure out how exactly they work.

What are your research interests/current projects?

I work on topics related to software security, reliability and sustainability. More specifically, my current research focuses on two main areas: security, privacy and energy-efficiency in mobile software, and secure and reliable composition of software components and cloud-based microservices.

How do you hope your work will impact society?

Today, all aspects of our daily lives rely on software. Building software we can trust will improve our quality of life and well-being. Putting my research work aside, I am also committed to educating the next generation of researchers and engineers so they can build a better future for all of us.

How do you think your field of engineering will be different 100 years from now?

After mechanical tasks will be taken over by robots, there will be more room to use human creativity. Moreover, while the industrial revolution was about machines that extend human physical capabilities, the software revolution is mostly about machines that extend the human mental capabilities. As technology will come into daily human life, the field of engineering will revolve around understanding the interfaces between humans and technology.

Do you have an item you couldn’t live without?

I don't think I have an item I cannot live without. My family is surely my passion and a source of my inspiration.

What are you passionate about outside work?

I enjoy fine art, dance performances, design and architecture, and any interesting food. I also love to take road trips and explore new places.

Department/School profile
https://www.ece.ubc.ca/faculty/julia-rubin