Martin Ester

Professor, School of Computing Science


SFU Burnaby, TASC 9231 

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Ph.D. Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1990
Diploma (M.Sc.) in Computer Science, University of Dortmund, 1984

Research interests

  • Social network analysis
  • Recommender systems
  • Opinion mining and information extraction
  • Biological network analysis
  • Next-gen sequencing

Teaching interests

  • Database systems
  • Data mining

Recently taught courses

  • CMPT 354 Database Systems 1
  • CMPT 454 Database Systems 11
  • CMPT 459 Special Topics in Database Systems

Selected recent publications

  • Samaneh Moghaddam, Martin Ester: ILDA: Interdependent LDA Model for Learning Latent Aspects and their Ratings from Online Product Reviews, Proc. ACM SIGIR 2011.
  • Mohsen Jamali, Gholamreza Haffari, Martin Ester: Modeling the temporal dynamics of social rating networks using bidirectional effects of social relations and rating patterns, Proc. WWW 2011.
  • Phuong Dao, Kendric Wang, Colin Collins, Martin Ester, Anna Lapuk, S. Cenk Sahinalp: Optimal Discriminating Subnetwork Markers Predict Responses To Cancer Treatments, to appear in Bioinformatics, 2011.
  • Phuong Dao, Recep Colak, Raheleh Salari, Flavia Moser, Elai Davicioni, Alexander Schönhuth, Martin Ester: Inferring cancer subnetwork markers using density-constrained biclustering, Bioinformatics 26(18):2010.
  • Mohsen Jamali, Martin Ester: TrustWalker: a random walk model for combining trust-based and item-based recommendation, Proc. ACM SIGKDD 2009.

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