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Brendan J. Frey Computer engineer

Brendan Frey’s research focuses on developing deep learning algorithms for genomic analysis applications. The algorithms make use of large genetic datasets to understand and predict the interactions of DNA mutations and their effects on human health. The work spans interests and advances from both the Genetic Networks and Learning in Machines & Brains programs.


Co-recipient of the NSERC John C Polanyi Award, 2012.

Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009.

Named as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40, 2007.

Winner of the Premier's Research Excellence Award, 2000.

Relevant Publications

F.R. Kschischang et al, "Factor graphs and the sum-product algorithm," IEEE T. Infor. Theory, vol. 47, no, 2 pp. 498-519, Feb. 2001.


B. J. Frey, Graphical Models for Machine Learning and Digital Communication. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998.



Senior Fellow Genetic Networks

Senior Fellow Learning in Machines & Brains


University of TorontoDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Science, and Donnelly Centre for Cellular + Biomolecular Research


PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering) University of Toronto

MSc (Electrical and Computer Engineering) University of Manitoba

BSc (Electrical Engineering) University of Calgary



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