About me

I am pursuing a Ph.D. at Mila and the Université de Montréal, supervised by Professor Simon Lacoste-Julien. I have also been working at Meta (FAIR) in Montreal as a visiting researcher, supervised by Professor Pascal Vincent. I am broadly interested in causal representation learning and out-of-distribution generalization.

I have a master’s degree in data science from the University of Helsinki, where I was supervised by Professor Aapo Hyvärinen and Dr. Antti Hyttinen, working on independent component analysis for binary data (thesis).

I grew up in Brazil and moved to Finland to do my bachelor’s in computer science at the University of Helsinki. During my bachelor’s degree, I worked mostly on machine learning for particle physics and spent a couple of summers at CERN in Professor Maria Spiropulu’s group and Dr. Maurizio Pierini’s group.

I practice yoga.


vitoria.barin-pacela at mila.quebec (she/elle/ela)



Apr: Presenting a poster at CLeaR, LA, about our paper “On the Identifiability of Quantized Factors”!
Mar: I was awarded Mila’s EDI Excellence Scholarship.
Feb: Attended RIIAA in Quito, Ecuador.

Welcome to reach out if you have questions about doing a PhD at Mila, studying in Finland or Canada, pursuing a research career, and applying for a PhD. I’m also happy to discuss my projects and research area.