📍 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.
Sep. 2023. Congratulations to Amirreza Kazemi on successfully defending his MSc Thesis, titled Deep Representation Learning for Continuous Treatment Effect Estimation!
Sep. 2023. Welcome our new Ph.D. student, Ali Izadi!
Mar. 2023. Congratulations to Dr. Raquel Aoki on successfully defending her Ph.D Thesis, titled Causal Inference for Computational Biology!
Jan. 2023. Congratulations to Atia Hamidizadeh on successfully defending her MSc Thesis, titled Semi-Supervised Junction Tree Variational Autoencoder for Molecular Graphs!
Aug. 2022. The Ester Lab would like to congratulate Dr. Oliver Snow on successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis, titled Interactive Machine Learning for Scarce Molecular Datasets!
Jun. 2022. The Ester Lab would like to congratulate Lai Wei on successfully defending his MSc Thesis, titled Combining Graph Attention Mechanism and PageRank to Learn Graph-level Representations!
Apr. 2022. The Ester Lab would like to congratulate Dr. Mehrdad Mansouri on successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis, titled Causal Discovery from High-dimensional Observational Data!
Jun 2023 - Congrats to Atia Hamidizadeh for her new position as an Associate Machine Learning Researcher at Huawei, Montreal Office - Canada
Sep 2022 - Congrats to Lai Wei for his new position as Software Engineer at Amazon, Vancouver Office - Canada.
Jan 2022 - Congrats to Atia Hamidizadeh for her new position as an intern at Borealis AI, Toronto Office - Canada.
Sep 2021 - Congrats to Lai Wei on 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.