"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" Proverbs 1:7, The Bible
Welcome! My name is Martin Ester, and I am a Professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. I got my Diplom (M.Sc.) in Computer Science from University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1984 and my Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1990.

I am a co-director of the Databases and Data Mining Laboratory.

Currently I have the privilege to serve as Director of our School of Computing Science.

Since my move to Vancouver in 2001, I am enjoying the many hiking trails around the Vancouver area. Actually, our campus lies in the middle of the "wilderness" of the Burnaby Mountain conservation area, and I am commuting to and from work on my mountain bike. . .

Check out my website for further information about my research, teaching and service!

22/10/2013 - I presented a tutorial on "Recommendation in Social Networks" at RecSys 2013 in Hong Kong. Here are the slides. Enjoy!

13/09/2013 - Welcome to my new PhD students Beidou Wang and Xin Wang!

23/08/2013 - I will be serving as one of the PC Chairs of ASONAM 2014. Consider to submit your research in the area of social network analysis and data mining!

31/05/2013 - My (former) PhD student Samaneh Moghaddam and I have presented a tutorial on "Opinion Mining in Online Reviews: Recent Trends" at WWW 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You can find the slides of our tutorial here. Enjoy!

19/03/2013 - My student Samaneh Moghaddam successfully defended her PhD thesis "Aspect-Based Opinion Mining in Online Reviews". Congratulations, Samaneh!