Boris Babic

Assistant Professor | On Leave
Room 9086, Department of Statistical Sciences, 700 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X6



Department of Philosophy
Schwartz Reisman Institute

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Statistical Theory
  • Probability
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Law and Ethics of AI and Machine Learning


I am an assistant professor of Statistical Sciences. I also have a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy, and I am a faculty affiliate of the Schwartz Reisman Institute. Before joining the University of Toronto, I was an assistant professor at INSEAD, where I remain an occasional visitor, and a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. I received my PhD from the University and Michigan, Ann Arbor, and my JD from Harvard Law School.

My primary research interests are twofold. I work on:

  1.  Legal, ethical and policy dimensions of artificial intelligence and machine learning (including, for example, questions involving privacy, transparency, and bias of algorithmic systems); and,
  2. Foundational questions in Bayesian inference and decision making (including, for example, aggregating probabilities, selecting and checking models, and loss function optimality).