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Marcus Brubaker

Faculty Affiliate

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Marcus Brubaker is an Associate Professor at York University, a Faculty Affiliate of the Vector Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. From 2018-2020 he worked as Research Director of Borealis AI, a machine learning research lab founded by the Royal Bank of Canada. Before joining York University, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2011. He has served in many editorial roles, including as an Associate Editor for IET Computer Vision and as an area chair at conferences including ECCV, CVPR, AAAI, NeurIPS. He has been involved in a number of startups including as the co-founder of Structura Biotechnology Inc whose software (cryoSPARC) has played a key role in rapidly determining molecular structures of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus. Previously he worked on problems in human motion estimation, autonomous driving and Monte Carlo estimation methods, including co-developing the Stan project which is now a widely used tool by applied statisticians. His current research is focused on generative models.

Research Interests

  • Computer vision
  • Generative modelling
  • Bayesian methods


  • Outstanding Reviewer British Machine Vision Conference, 2021
  • Top Reviewer, International Conference on Machine Learning, 2020