Frey Lab News

05/2016: The DeepBind algorithm invented by our group members Babak Alipanahi, Andrew Delong and Brendan Frey wins University of Toronto's Invention of the Year award.

11/2015: Two of the Top 10 papers in 2015 came from our Lab, as selected by RECOMB Regulatory and Systems Genomics.

07/2015: Our lab launches a startup company Deep Genomics for genetic testing, diagnostics and precision medicine.

01/2015: Our method for analyzing non-coding variants that disrupt genetic `recipes' is written up in Wired Magazine.

12/2014: Science magazine publishes our paper describing how 'deep learning of the splicing code' can be used to find disease mutations in introns, and provides new insights into the genetics of autism, cancers and spinal muscular atrophy.

01/2014: Hannes Bretschneider publishes his GPU-accelerated Deep Learning framework Hebel. It is featured on Hacker News and ranks among the 200 most popular Python projects on Github.

07/2013: In collaboration with the Blencowe, Hughes and Morris Labs, we assembled part of the regulatory code governing stem cell reprogramming (Nature, June 2013), and examined how splicing is regulated via the binding preferences of all known RNA-binding proteins (Nature, July 2013).

03/2013: In a collaboration with the Boycott Lab, we used our splicing code to help identify the genetic determinants of microcephaly–capillary malformation syndrome (Nature Genetics, March 2013).

12/2012: In collaboration with the Blencowe Lab, we recently (Science December 2012) examined the regulatory code of alternative splicing for species spanning 350 million years of evolution, using the regulatory model that we previously derived using mouse data (Nature 2010).

02/2012: Brendan Frey and Benjamin Blencowe win this year's John C. Polanyi award, which honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research has led to a recent outstanding advance in the natural sciences or engineering.

01/2012: Yoseph Barash joins the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

11/2011: Dr. Inmar Givoni successfully defends her PhD thesis, showing that affinity propagation works better than methods that have performance guarantees.

10/2011: Inmar Givoni joins Altera. The psi-group becomes less organized.

08/2011: Vladimir Jojic joins the faculty of the University of North Carolina.

07/2011: Inmar Givoni and Danny Tarlow are runners-up for the Best Student Paper Award at the Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence Conference (UAI 2011)

07/2011: Ryan Adams joins the faculty of Harvard University. Watch your posterior, Ryan!

02/2011: Inmar Givoni & Patrick Li give high school students a taste of machine learning as part of the "Machines That Learn" tutorial, the annual gifted students' conference at UofT.

01/2011: Yoseph Barash receives the Institute of Genetics Lap Chee Tsui Publication Award.

11/2010: Brendan Frey describes his work on inferring probabilistic models of gene regulation to "The President's Circle", which constitutes advisors to the president and philanthropists interested in the advancement of science, medicine and engineering.

05/2010: Our work on the splicing code (Nature, May 6 2010) is featured on the front page of the May 6 issue of The Toronto Star, the BBC radio program The Naked Scientist, and other newspapers and radio shows.

05/2010: Website for Alternative Splicing Predication (WASP) is released.

05/2010: Ryan Adams' recent paper with Hanna Wallach and Zoubin Ghahramani, "Learning the Structure of Deep Sparse Graphical Models", wins the Best Paper Award at AISTATS 2010.

05/2010: Nature publishes a 7-page article describing our endeavor to crack the splicing code, which accounts for how 20,000 genes can generate hundreds of thousands of genetic messages. The article is featured on the cover of Nature.

04/2010: New PSI website is released.

02/2010: Vincent Cheung's Shape Collage has its one millionth download.

02/2010: Vincent Cheung is named ACE Canada Student Entrepreneur Ontario Champion.

02/2010: Ryan Adams is one of two finalists for the Leonard J. Savage ISBA Dissertation Award. He was nominated for the theory prize and will present his research at the 2010 ISBA World Meeting in June.

12/2009: Inmar Givoni co-organizes the 4th annual Women in Machine Learning Workshop, co-located with NIPS 2009.

11/2009: Vincent Cheung wins the inaugural Rotman MBA Business Plan Competition for Shape Collage and will move on to represent the University of Toronto at the Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston, Texas.

08/2009: Yoseph Barash is invited to present our work on the splicing code at the Eukaryotic mRNA Processing meeting at Cold Spring Harbor.

08/2009: Vincent Cheung teaches students in Shenzhen, China about commercializing research at the Conference for Student Entrepreneurship in China through the University of Toronto Association for Canada-China Exchange of Leadership.

06/2009: Ryan Adams gives an invited talk at IdeaCity 2009, a conference for the eclectic.

06/2009: Ryan Adams' recent paper with Zoubin Ghahramani, "Archipelago: Nonparametric Bayesian Semi-Supervised Learning" is awarded Honourable Mention for Best Paper and Honourable Mention for Best Student Paper at the International Conference for Machine Learning (ICML) 2009.

06/2009: Ryan Adams' recent paper with Iain Murray and David MacKay, is awarded Honourable Mention for Best Student Paper at the International Conference for Machine Learning (ICML) 2009.

05/2009: Inmar Givoni is invited to present Heirarchical Affinity Propagation at the Learning Workshop.

05/2009: Inmar Givoni wins an NSERC graduate research award.

04/2009: Inmar Givoni is off for a summer internship with Anitha Kannan at MSR-Search Labs.

04/2009: Ryan Adams is highlighted in an article in the National Post regarding the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Junior Fellows program.

04/2009: Yoseph Barash is invited to present at the conference on The Functional Annotation of Mammalian Genomes, Canada.

03/2009: Brendan Frey receives one of six EWR Steacie Fellowships awarded to Canadian researchers within 12 years of receiving their PhD's and from any discipline of science and engineering.

01/2009: Inmar Givoni joins the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at Cambridge University as a visiting researcher for 3 months.

01/2009: Brendan Frey is named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

12/2008: Brendan Frey is named a Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

10/2008: Inmar Givoni competes in the Canadian University Ultimate Championship held in Alberta, with the University of Toronto team.

07/2008: Jim Huang and Brendan Frey win a best paper runner-up award at UAI 2008 for their paper "Cumulative distribution networks and the derivative-sum-product algorithm".

11/2007: In collaboration with the Hughes, Blencowe, Morris and Gallie Labs, the Frey Lab publishes a novel method for identifying human microRNA targets (Nature Methods, 2007, RECOMB 2006) and is highlighted in GenomeWeb news.

08/2007: Affinity Propagation web application is released (16740 hits as of 02/2010).

05/2007: Brendan Frey is named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

02/2007: Affinity propagation algorithm invented by Delbert Dueck and Brendan Frey is published in Science and reported on in the Stanford Biomedical Computation Review, ACM TechNews, Technology Trends and the Globe and Mail.

02/2007: Brendan Frey receives a Canada Research Chair in Information Processing and Machine Learning.

12/2006: Frey Lab is awarded $1.2 million under a Genome Canada grant, to study how genes are expressed and transcripts are spliced in the mammalian transcriptome.

07/2006: Brendan Frey becomes a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

08/2005: In a collaboration with the Hughes Lab, the Frey Lab publishes the first ever genome-wide expression analysis of over one million putatative protein-coding regions in the mus musculus genome. This work was described in Nature Genetics (2005) and Science (2006), and reported on in Medical News Today and ACM TechNews.

06/2005: Vincent Cheung, Brendan Frey and Nebojsa Jojic win a best paper award at CVPR 2005 for their Video Epitomes paper.

00/0000: The DeepBind algorithm invented by our group members Babak Alipanahi, Andrew Delong and Brendan Frey wins University of Toronto's Invention of the Year award.

00/0000: The DeepBind algorithm invented by our group members Babak Alipanahi, Andrew Delong and Brendan Frey wins University of Toronto's Invention of the Year award.

00/0000: The DeepBind algorithm invented by our group members Babak Alipanahi, Andrew Delong and Brendan Frey wins University of Toronto's Invention of the Year award.