Brian Marcus

Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia

UBC Site Director, Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Office Hours: by appointment only; contact me via email:


Sophie MacDonald, PhD student

Cutting-Edge Research by Quatro Amigos


Sebastian Barbieri, Assistant Professor, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (UBC Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2019)

Luisa Borsato, PhD student, Universiity of Sao Paulo, Brazil (UBC Visiting PhD student, 2019-2020)

Raimundo Briceno, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). (UBC PhD, 2016)

Panu Chaichanovong, Engineering Manager, Marvell Semiconductors, (Stanford PhD, 2003)

Nishant Chandgotia, Reader, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-Centre for Applicable Mathematics (UBC PhD, 2015)

Madeline Doering, Complexly (UBC MSc, 2020)

Felipe Garcia-Ramos, Research Professor, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UBC PhD, 2015)

Ricardo Gomez Aiza, Professor of Mathematics, Insitituto de Matematicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UBC Sabbatical visitor, 2016-2017)

Guangyue Han, Professor of Mathematics, University of Hong Kong (UBC Postdoctoral Fellow 2004-2007)

Erez Louidor, Google, Mountain View, USA (UBC PhD, 2010)

Tom Meyerovitch, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Ben-Gurion University (UBC Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-2012, Sabbatical Visitor 2018-2019)

Ronnie Pavlov, Professor of Mathematics, University of Denver (UBC Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2010)

Tze-Lei Poo, Director, Secure Technology Group, Analog Devices, (Stanford PhD, 2005)

Marcello Sobottka, Professor of Mathematics, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil (UBC Sabbatical Visitor, 2020)

Siamak Taati, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, American University of Beirut (UBC Research Associate, 2016-2017)

Research Interests:

Coding and Information Theory, Symbolic Dynamics, Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems


Research Publications in Electronic Form (since 2000)

Publication List


An Introduction to Symbolic Dynamics and Coding (with D. Lind), Cambridge University Press, 1995 (reprinted 1999); 2nd edition, coming soon.

Lecture Notes:

An Introduction to Coding for Constrained Systems (with R. Roth and P. Siegel)

Class and Seminar Notes:

Entropy and Equilibrium states in Ergodic Theory and Statistical Mechanics


Thermodynamic Formalism


Careers in Mathematics

Careers in Mathematics (brief)

A Talk on entropy of d-dimensional shifts of finite type


A Brief Biography

Contact Information:

Brian Marcus
Department of Mathematics
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2
Math Building 218