Marcus A. Brubaker


Assistant Professor

York University
Lassonde School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

About Me

I'm an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at York University. Originally from the United States, I moved to Canada in 2001 to study at the University of Toronto where I received my PhD in 2011. I also did postdocs at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Toronto. My research interests span computer vision, machine learning and statistics.

I am a member of the Centre for Vision Research and core member of the Vision: Science to Application (VISTA) program at York University. I am also currently serving as an Associate Editor for the journal IET Computer Vision

More information about me can be found in my CV. Content is still being added to this site, so you may also be interested in my old website.

Research Interests

I am interested in building rich, detailed models of the world 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 the problem of estimating the 3D structure of biological molecules such as proteins and viruses with Cryo-EM. However, 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

I am currently looking for students at all levels as well as visiting students and postdocs. If interested, please feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Recent Posts

February 6, 2017

Introducing cryoSPARC

A major focus of my research over the last few years as been into new methods for the determination of 3D structures of viruses and proteins. A big piece of that work has been published today in Nature Methods. This article describes the algorithmic advances which underpin cryoSPARC. This work was done in collaboration with Ali Punjani (PhD Student, University of Toronto), John Rubinstein (Senior Research Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children) and David Fleet (Professor, University of Toronto).

For a non-technical introduction to our work, you can take a look at this story out of University of Toronto, Scarborough.