📍 VANCOUVER, CANADA
WELCOME TO ESTER LAB
MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA MINING RESEARCH GROUP
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Welcome! My name is Martin Ester, and I am a Professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. I got my Diplom (M.Sc.) in Computer Science from University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1984 and my Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1990.
I am a co-director of the Databases and Data Mining Laboratory and member of the Omics Data Science Research Cluster. My research interests are in Data Mining and Machine Learning, in particular causal pattern discovery, transfer learning, network analysis, and recommender systems. Much of my research is driven by bio-medical applications such as patient stratification and drug response prediction. Our methods are typically based on Probabilistic Graphical Models and Deep Neural Networks.
Since my move to Vancouver in 2001, I am enjoying "Beautiful BC" and especially the many hiking trails around the Vancouver area. Our campus lies in the middle of the "wilderness" of the Burnaby Mountain conservation area, and I am commuting to and from work on my mountain bike.
We are pleased to welcome the following new members to our lab:
Raphaella Carvalho, Yuzhen Mao and Amirreza Kazemi!
The Ester Lab would like to congratulate Dr. Hossein Sharifi Noghabi on successfully defending his thesis entitled "Deep Transfer Learning for Drug Response Prediction"!
Sep 2021 - Congrats to Lai Wei for his new position as an intern at Huawei, Toronto Office - Canada.
Sep 2021 - Congrats to Hossein Sharifi for his new position as an AI4Life Resident at Novartis - Switzerland.
Aug 2021 - Congrats to Oliver Snow for his new position as a Machine Learning Researcher at Terramera, Vancouver Office - Canada.
Jul 2021 - Congrats to Jialin Liu for his new position as a Software Engineer at Huawei, Vancouver Office - Canada.
May 2021 - Congrats to Raquel Aoki for her new position as a Research Intern at Google Brain, Cambridge Office - US.
Recent Publications - Last 24 months
[Paper] Snow, Oliver, Hossein Sharifi-Noghabi, Jialin Lu, Olga Zolotareva, Mark Lee, and Martin Ester. "Interpretable Drug Response Prediction using a Knowledge-based Neural Network." In Proceedings of the 27th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining, pp. 3558-3568. 2021.