In addition: two graduates from the Hebrew University on the list of the ten most promising artificial intelligence researchers in the world * A prestigious research grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to Dr. Haim Permuter from Ben-Gurion University
A meeting between the top of the Ministry of Science and the management of Bio-Negev: "The goal is to increase cooperation between academic, medical, industrial and various regional bodies, for the benefit of establishing the biotechnology and life sciences industry"
In the midst of Yom Sharab, the top brass of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space descended on the Negev, in almost full force, for a meeting with the management of Bio-Negg, the national innovation center for the biotechnology and life sciences industry in Israel. The group that was staying at the Animal Research Institute, in Kibbutz Lahav (and one of Maged Bio-Negev's outstanding success stories), took advantage of the opportunity and went on a tour of the institute's grounds, not before all the guests had donned fashionable laboratory clothes in bright purple colors.
CEO of Bio-Negev, Dr. Inbar Freeman, and Dr. Shay Yarkoni, member of the board of directors and founder of Bio-Negev, gave the guests background on the industry "cluster" that serves as a 'gate' and 'superframe' for the development of the biotechnology and life sciences industry in Israel and emphasized the close cooperation between the Municipality of Beer Sheva, the Negev Development Authority and Ben Gurion University of the Negev, which resulted in the establishment of the entire project. "The goal of all of us is to increase the cooperation between academia, medicine, industry and a variety of regional bodies, for the benefit of establishing the biotechnology and life sciences industry," said Dr. Freeman. "We encourage strategic collaborations and the positioning of the region as an international center of excellence for the purpose of establishing Israeli companies and attracting multinational companies to the region."
At the end of the visit, the participants agreed on a follow-up meeting to be held later this month under the chairmanship of the Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Mr. Yaakov Perry, in which they will participate in the Negev Bio-Negev, as well as the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, Prof. Ehud Gazit, the Minister of Science, Mr. Yaakov Perry, and the Director General of the Ministry of Science , Adv. Bina Bar-On.
Fahn Kenna survey: The managers of the technology incubators expect an increase in the number of inquiries to the incubators in the fields of information security and biomed
The Lime Investors Association publishes a survey conducted by the high-tech department at the accounting firm Fahn Kenna & Co. Grant Thornton Israel among greenhouse managers in Israel. According to the survey, most of the incubator managers expect that the fields that will record the large increase in the number of references to the technology incubators this year will be the fields of information security and biomed. 41% of the incubator managers indicated the field of information security as the area that will register the greatest increase in the number of inquiries to the technology incubators in the coming year, 29% believe that the large increase in inquiries will be in the field of biomed, 17% believe that the Internet will register the large increase in the number of inquiries and about 12% indicated the cleantech area .
82% of the managers of the incubators believe that the investment rate of the venture capital funds will remain unchanged or will decrease compared to last year. 59% stated that the investment rate of the venture capital funds will remain unchanged in the coming year, and 23% answered that the investment rate will decrease slightly. Only about 18% of the managers of the incubators believe that the investment rate of the venture capital funds will increase slightly.
41% of the incubator managers expect that the number of applications addressed to the technological incubators will increase significantly as a result of the decrease in the recruitment cycles of the venture capital funds in 2013. 53% believe that the number of applications will not change.
The survey also shows that 64% of the managers of the incubators in Israel believe that the decrease in the number of technology incubators from 25 to below 20 harms the high-tech industry in Israel. 82% of the greenhouse managers predict that the economic situation will worsen in the second half of 2013.
FIRST was chosen as the leading pre-academic education program of the Technion
This week the FIRST activity in Israel became the Technion's leading pre-academic education program. In the agreement signed between the president of the Technion, Professor Peretz Lavi, and the chairman of the FIRST activity in Israel, Maj. Gen. (resp.) Avihu Ben-Non, it was determined that from now on the program will be an official educational project of the Technion.
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international non-profit organization that holds competitions and events in the field of robotics with the aim of encouraging youth to engage in science, engineering and technology. The organization was founded twenty years ago by the entrepreneur and inventor of the Segway, Dean Kaiman, who advocates encouraging youth to be curious and exposing them to the northern challenges in the engineering-scientific world.
FIRST activity in Israel was founded nine years ago, and since its establishment has been partially supported by the Technion and the Association of Technion Applicants in Israel. Now the Technion extended its full patronage to her.
In the past year, 250 students participated in the various FIRST programs around the world, about 5,000 of them Israeli students aged 18-6. These students were exposed to the fascinating world of science and technology through various and diverse competitions to build robots.
Technion President Professor Peretz Lavi welcomed the move and said: "The Technion is a natural home for students who wish to develop and engage in engineering, technology and science."
Two graduates from the Hebrew University are on the list of the ten most promising artificial intelligence researchers in the world
Two graduates of the Hebrew University - one of whom is currently serving as a senior lecturer at the university's School of Engineering and Computer Science - were selected for the prestigious list of the ten most promising artificial intelligence researchers in the world. The list known as AI's 10 to Watch was published this week by the IEEE Society, an international professional association of those involved in electrical and electronics engineering that has more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries and is considered the largest professional association in the world. The people from the Hebrew University who appear on the list are Dr. Aviv Zahar, a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the university who also holds a doctorate from it, and Dr. Ariel Proccia, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania who also holds a doctorate from the Hebrew University.
Every two years, IEEE selects ten young researchers who completed their doctoral theses in the last five years and, despite their young age, managed to make a real contribution to theoretical and practical research in the field of computer science. The Hebrew University is the only research institution in Israel whose faculty member or graduate appears on the list. Among their universities are representatives on the list: Harvard, MIT and Brown. Besides Dr. Zahar, only one researcher from the list, working at Tsinghua University in Beijing, does not belong to an American institution.
Dr. Aviv Zohar is a senior lecturer at the Rachel and Salim Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, he went to Silicon Valley to conduct a post-doctorate at Microsoft Laboratories and last year returned to the Hebrew University. Zohar researches multi-agent systems - a subfield in artificial intelligence that deals with systems in which a large number of smart programs operate. Often, these programs operate in a selfish manner that does not serve the entire system, and by using game theory, Zohar investigates how all those programs can be made to operate in a way that benefits not only themselves but also the entire system. For example, Zahar researched how to improve the system that enables trading in the virtual currency Bitcoin, since some of the software that approves the business transactions of Bitcoin work in a selfish way that harms the operation of the system.
Prof. Ariel Procchia is an assistant professor in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, he conducted a post-doctorate at Microsoft Laboratories in Israel and at Harvard. Procacia specializes in computational social choice and algorithmic game theory.
Prof. Jeff Rosenshein, who heads the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University and supervised the doctoral thesis of the two researchers said: "Aviv and Ariel's impressive achievement testifies to the global level of artificial intelligence research at the Hebrew University and the deep commitment of the School of Engineering and Computer Science At the university to attract the most brilliant minds and have a significant impact on the field of artificial intelligence. I am proud that I had the privilege of being the supervisor of both of them and I am happy that the laboratory I head is blessed with such excellent students. Aviv and Ariel honestly earned the recognition they have now received from IEEE and there is no doubt that they have brought great honor to all of us."
A prestigious research grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to Dr. Haim Permuter from Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Haim Permuter from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University recently won the prestigious grant for young researchers from the European Research Council (ERC). The research was in the amount of 1.2 million euros for five years on the subject of "exploration of directional information".
This study investigates a new measure emerging in information theory called 'directional information'. Dr. Permuter: "Using this index we can find the basic barriers of two-way communication, such as communication systems with feedback. More generally, using this measure it is possible to solve problems with the constraint of causality in various fields such as physics and economics. For example, given two processes, it is possible to answer the question of who is the cause and who is the result. More specifically, using the index of intentional information, it is possible to answer the question of whether the stock market in the US affects the stock market in China or vice versa."
Dr. Haim Permuter joined the electrical engineering department at Ben Gurion University five years ago and leads a research group in information and communication theory. His main research is information theory and its application to wireless communication. He has received several awards, including the Eshkol Fellowship, the Wolf Prize, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, the Alon Fellowship, and the Toronto Prize.