About Me

I’m an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at York University, a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Toronto Department of Computer Science. Previously I was a Researcher Director (2018-2020) at Borealis AI where I continue to work as an Academic Advisor. I am also a co-founder and advisor of Structura Biotechnology (makers of cryoSPARC), one of the original contributors to Stan and a Research Associate at Cadre Research Labs (makers of TopMatch-GS). I studied at the University of Toronto where I received my PhD in 2011. I also did postdocs at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago and the University of Toronto. My research interests span fundamental methods in computer vision, machine learning and statistics. Recently I have been focusing on probabilistic generative models (like normalizing flows) and methods for electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM).

I am a member of the Centre for Vision Research and core member of the Vision: Science to Application (VISTA) program. I currently serve as an Associate Editor for IET Computer Vision and have been an Area Chair for a number of conferences.

Research Interests

I am interested in building rich, detailed models which capture fundamental relationships between the world and our observations of it. Such models ultimately enable us to measure and predict sometimes surprising details.

Most recently I have been focusing on probabilistic generative models, specifically normalizing flows. My research has been exploring theoretical aspects of normalizing flows and their applications. I also have an interest on the problem of estimating the 3D structure of biological molecules such as proteins and viruses with Cryo-EM. Beyond those current focuses, I have also worked on vehicle localization for robotics, physically realistic models of human motion, probabilistic programming languages, Bayesian methods, MCMC and forensic ballistics.

Prospective Students

Interested in joining my group? I’m also on the look out for exceptional students and colleagues to work with. More information is available here.

Recent News

Launch of New Website

I’ve finally launched a new website based on GitHub Pages. This should make it easier for me to maintain and add content. Keep an eye on things over the coming weeks as I work to expand and improve its contents. My old York EECS website is still availble here and my ancient UofT DCS website is still available here, although I am planning to take down my DCS page soon.

Review article on Normalizing Flows

I recently co-authored a review article (preprint version) on Normalizing Flows which will be published in IEEE Transactions of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intellgience. Normalizing Flows is a topic that I’m excited about and looking to work more on in the future. If you’ve not seen it before, please check it out.

Return to Academia

I have returned full time to academia! At the moment I am working on expanding my lab and restarting my research program. Watch this space for updates in the near future!


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