Biographies

Aaron Ben-Ze'ev

Professor Aaron Ben-Ze'ev is full Professor and Rector of the University of Haifa . He is considered to be one of the leading world experts in the research of emotions. He is co-founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions at the University of Haifa . His research focuses upon the philosophy of mind and especially upon the research of perception and emotions. He has written many books and articles on these topics including:

The Subtlety of Emotions (MIT Press, 2000), Love Online: Emotions on the Internet ( Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003) and his latest book In the Name of Love ( Oxford : Oxford University Press: forthcoming).

He has served as Dean of Research, Head of the Haifa University Press and Head of the Academic Broadcasts.

 

Shay Bushinsky

Bushinsky is a researcher with the CRI Institute Haifa University . His research includes opponent modeling search as well as evaluation function tuning with supervised learning methods.

Before joining CRI, Shay was the CEO of ChessDev, an Internet gaming company. Prior to that, he worked as a project leader, team leader and software specialist for different software companies including: SPL, Applied Materials and ATL.

He specialized in building decision support systems using Object Oriented development methodology. Shay is also a co-inventor of patents in the field of stegonography and in software testing. In 1993 he joined forces with Amir Ban to start Deep Junior as an after hours project.

 

David Carmel

David Carmel is a Research Staff Member at the IBM Research Lab in Haifa , Israel , and belongs to the “Information Retrieval” Group. His research interests include information retrieval, multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence. He received his MS and PhD in Computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of technology, in 1993 and 1997 respectively

David Carmel's research topics include: Information Retrieval, Web search, Intelligent agents and Hebrew search engine.

 

Martin Charles Golumbic

Martin Charles Golumbic is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science at the University of Haifa . Previously he was a research staff member and research fellow at the IBM Israel Scientific Center and Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University . He is the founding editor-in-chief of the series “Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence” and is or has been a member of the editorial boards of several journals including “Discrete Applied Mathematics”, “Constraints” and “AI Communications”.

Professor Golumbic received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University in 1975. Before moving to Israel in 1982, he served as assistant professor of computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, visiting scientist at Université de Paris and the Weizmann Institute of Science, and worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

He is the author of the book “Algorithmic Graph Theory and Perfect Graphs”, coauthor of a second book “Tolerance Graphs” and has written many research articles in the areas of combinatorial mathematics, algorithmic analysis, expert systems, artificial intelligence, and programming languages. He has been a guest editor of special issues of several journals, the editor of the book “Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language and Knowledge-based Systems”, and has been the chairman of national and international symposia.

His current area of research is in combinatorial mathematics interacting with real world problems in computer science and artificial intelligence. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and is married and the father of four bilingual daughters.

 

Meirav Hadad

Meirav Hadad is a researcher with the CRI Institute Haifa University .

She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from  Bar-Ilan University , Israel , in 1998 and 2002, respectively. The title of her M.Sc. thesis is “Using Shared Plan in Electronic Commerce Environments” and the title of her Ph.D. thesis is “ Combining Cooperative Planning and Temporal Reasoning in Dynamic Multi Agent Systems”.   Her research interests are multi-agent systems, collaborative planning, distributed constraints satisfaction and electronic commerce.

Irith Hartman

Irith Ben-Arroyo Hartman is the Scientific Coordinator of the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science at the University of Haifa . Previously, she has held positions at the IBM Israel Scientific Center , the SELA Group, the Open University ( Israel ), and other academic institutions. She did her graduate and post graduate studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada, the Technion in Israel , and the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Hartman is a co-editor of “Graph Theory, Combinatorics and Algorithms: Interdisciplinary Applications”, (in preparation), coauthor of the book “Graph Theory Study Guide” (Open University Press, in Hebrew, 1992), and has published many articles in discrete mathematics.

Hartman's current interests are in the applications of graph-theory to various AI problems, studies on emotions, and Tai-Chi Chuan.

 

Sarit Kraus

Sarit Kraus is a Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University and an adjunct Professor at the Institute for Advanced Computer studies, at the University of Maryland , College Park . She graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a Ph.D. in computer science in 1989.

She has worked extensively in the following areas: negotiation and cooperation among agents, information agents, large-scale systems, decision support systems, autonomous computing, optimization of complex systems, data allocation, learning, auctions and electronic commerce, security of databases and systems.

Prof. Kraus was awarded the 1995 IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, an award given every two years at the major international Artificial Intelligence conference to an "outstanding young scientist." In 2001 she was awarded the IBM Faculty Partnership Award and in 2002 she was elected as AAAI Fellow.

She has published over 130 papers in leading journals and major conferences and has received substantial grants from a variety of agencies and companies, including GIF, NSF, GM, IBM and NDS. She is an author of the book Strategic Negotiation in Multiagent Environments (2001) and a co-author of a book on Heterogeneous Active Agents (2000); both published in MIT Press. She is an associate editor of the Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence Journal, and on the editorial board of the Artificial Intelligence Journal and Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems.

 

Gad Landau

Gad M. Landau received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science fromTel-Aviv University , Israel , in January 1987. He spent one year at the Courant Institute, and then joined the faculty at Polytechnic University , NY . He is currently a member of the Department of Computer Science at the university of Haifa . He served as the chair of the Computer Science department in both places.

His research concentrates mostly on serial and parallel algorithms for problems related to strings, computational biology, pattern recognition, and communication networks. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Israel Science Foundation, IBM and NATO.

 

Larry Manevitz

Larry Manevitz is currently on the faculty of the Dept of Computer Science, U. Haifa and is the current director of the HIACS Research Center at the University.

A native of New York , his Ph.D. is from Yale University in mathematical logic under the supervision of Abraham Robinson. He has held regular faculty positions at Hebrew University , Bar Ilan University , CUNY; with visiting positions at Courant Institute, U. Texas (Austin), U. Wisc., U. Maryland , Stanford U. , NASA, Polytechnic University ( Brooklyn ),and most recently Oxford University .

He has had several consultancies in industry and has a U.S. patent (pending) in applying neural networks.

His research includes applying mathematical logic to other areas of mathematics, research in handling uncertain information, the theory and application of artificial neural networks, and recently has begun studying mathematical and computational aspects of biological neuronal activity.

 

Shaul Markovitch

Shaul Markovitch is a faculty member in the Computer Science Department of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. His main research areas are artificial intelligence, machine learning, multi-agent systems and games.

His research topics include selective learning (selective sampling, forgetting, selective acquisition), speedup learning, feature generation, opponent modeling, resource-bounded reasoning, heuristic search.

 

Amnon Ribak

Research Staff Member, Telecom and Media Systems, IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa

In 1991 I graduated the Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering the Excellence, in Tel Aviv University , majoring in Linguistics and Computer Sciences. I joined IBM at 1990. In 1993 and 1994 I have been on an international assignment in the USA .

In 1997 I established and managed the Direct Access Applications group in HRL, and led the development of Visitor Kiosks in museums in America and Russia . In 2000-2002 I led the activities which led to the establishment of the Collaboration Technologies group within the KM Department, and then moved to the Telecom and Media Systems group, where I also serve as an Innovation Consultant to IBM Business Consulting Services.

My past experience includes Computational Linguistics and Expert Systems, and user interfaces for mass audiences, including customer-facing systems in the New York Public Library, the American Museum of Natural History in New York , and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg .

In the recent years I am focusing on Knowledge Management, Presence and Context Awareness (including on mobile devices) and Collaboration Technologies. I have invented and initiated the ReachOut tool and methodology for collaboration and community building, and am a committee-member of the IBM KM conference. I took part in the EU FP5 UNITE and COCONET projects, and am involved with the European Commission's New Working Environments initiative.

In the last three years I have instructed CS students in projects that dealt with topics like voice access to email, user-interfaces for people with disabilities, hypertext linking and screen-sharing applications.

 

Tamar Weiss

Prof. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss is an occupational therapist with a M.Sc degree in kinesiology and a Ph.D degree in physiology and biomedical engineering. Originally from Canada , she held academic ranks at McGill University ( Montreal ) prior to her immigration to Israel in 1991. Until 2001 Prof. Weiss was an associate professor at the Hebrew University ( Jerusalem ). Since that time she has held the same rank in the Department of Occupational Therapy which is part of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies at the University of Haifa .

Prof. Weiss is a founding member of the Mish'aul Center for Augmentative Communication and Assistive Devices. This center is one of Israel 's main sites for evaluations of children and adults with severe communication and performance problems. She founded the Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology (LIRT) at the University of Haifa . The objective of LIRT is to provide a physical and conceptual environment for the formulation and implementation of research related to the development and evaluation of innovative technologies for rehabilitation assessment and intervention. LIRT activities include:

(1) Virtual Reality as an evaluation and intervention tool for the rehabilitation of individuals with physical or cognitive deficits

(2) Development and evaluation of novel computer access interfaces that enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to use their residual motor abilities in more efficient and less fatiguing ways

(3) Objective handwriting product and process evaluation

(4) Use of speech and non-speech audio display to convey information normally displayed visually on a computer screen

(5) Development and evaluation of applications of online and distance learning for teaching health care professionals at the university and for continuing education and for people with disabilities.

 

Some of the current and future research directions for LIRT include:

(1) Development and evaluation of new functional virtual environments, to be experienced within 2-D and 3-D platforms.

(2) identification of characteristics of 2-D and 3-D platforms in terms of their suitability for different patient populations.

(3) integration of haptic interfaces into existing VR platforms in order to provide simultaneous multimodal feedback during rehabilitation.

(4) conceptualization and empirical validation of a model explaining how characteristics of the user, instrument and task interact to create an effective rehabilitation intervention tool.

(5) Development and evaluation of synchronous and asynchronous online learning modalities with a focus on virtual simulations. Research funding has been received from numerous national and international agencies such as the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Koniver Foundation, Keren Shalem, and the Rayne Foundation.

 

Shuly Wintner

Shuly Wintner is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Haifa , Haifa , Israel . Prior to this position he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania and the Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft, University of Tübingen , Germany . He did his graduate studies at the Computer Science department, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa .

Wintner's main area of interest is computational linguistics (sometimes referred to as natural language processing). He is particularly interested in applying methods and techniques from computer science to the study of linguistic formalisms. He is currently working on projects involving Unification Grammars, Finite-State Technology and Resources for Processing Hebrew.

 

Moshe Zeidner

Moshe Zeidner is Professor of Educational Psychology and Dean of Research at the University of Haifa, Israel. His main field of research interest is personality and individual differences, with particular concern for stress, anxiety and coping, and the personality-intelligence interface. He founded and directed the Center for the Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions and serves as Scientific Director of the Laboratory for Cross-Cultural Research in Personality and Individual Differences. He is the author of over 120 scientific papers and chapters and his recent books include: Test anxiety: The State of the Art (1998), Handbook of Self-Regulation (co-edited with Monique Boekaerts and Paul Pintrich, 2000), Handbook of Coping (1996, co-edited with Norman S. Endler), Stress, Anxiety, and Coping in Academic Settings (1996, co-edited with Christine Schwarzer), and International Handbook of Personality and Intelligence (1995, co-edited with Donald Saklofske). His recent book, co-authored with Gerald Matthews and Rick Roberts, Emotional Intelligence: Science and Myth, published by MIT press, received an award (honorable citation) from the society of US book publishers. He is currently Series Editor (along with Donald H. Saklofske) of the Plenum book series on Human Exceptionality and Associate Editor of Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International.. He received the lifetime achievement award for research on stress and anxiety from the Society for Stress and Anxiety Research (STAR) in Lisbon , Portugal , July, 2003.