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IEEE Names Two From Hebrew University Among Ten Rising Stars in Artificial Intelligence

13/08/2013

Two graduates of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of them currently a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University, have been named among “AI’s 10 to Watch” by IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine. Published every two years, the list recognizes ten researchers who are rising stars in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Dr. Aviv Zohar and Dr. Ariel Procaccia both obtained their PhD in computer science at the Hebrew University. Today Zohar is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University's Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, and Ariel Procaccia is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The Hebrew University is the sole israeli institution whose faculty or alumni appear on the list. Other institutions include Brown, Harvard and MIT.

Daniel Zeng, Editor in Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems, write: “Despite being relatively junior in their career, each one has made impressive research contributions and had an impact in the literature — and in some cases, in real-world applications as well.” IEEE Intelligent Systems is a bimonthly publication of the IEEE Computer Society, the world's leading computing membership organization and the trusted information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders.

"The group nominated this year was particularly strong," added Zeng. "In the end, the top 10 surfaced with unanimous support from the advisory and editorial boards."

Prof. Jeffrey Rosenschein, the Samuel and Will Strauss Professor of Computer Science who heads the Hebrew University's Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, directed the doctoral dissertations of both researchers. According to Rosenschein, "Aviv and Ariel's impressive achievement attests to the world-class level of artificial intelligence studies at the Hebrew University, as well as our deep commitment to attracting the best minds and moving the field of artificial intelligence forward. I'm proud to have had the privilege of mentoring both in their doctoral studies, and we are fortunate to have such a high caliber of students who bring honor to us all."

Dr. Aviv Zohar is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University's Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering. Zohar obtained his PhD in computer science from the Hebrew University and from 2010-2012 was a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Lab. A Golda Meir Fellow, he received an award of excellence from the Israeli Knesset and the committee of university heads, a Leibniz scholarship during his PhD studies, and a scholarship from the Wolf Foundation during his MSc studies. Dr. Zohar's research interests include Multi Agent Systems, Algorithmic Game Theory, Networks and Social Computing. He investigates systems in which numerous computer programs operate in a shared environment, and uses game theory to explore ways of getting programs to act not only in their own interest but also that of the entire system.

Dr. Ariel Procaccia is an assistant professor in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. After obtaining a PhD in computer science from the Hebrew University, he was a postdoc at Microsoft and Harvard. He is a recipient of the Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award, a Rothschild postdoctoral fellowship, an inaugural Yahoo Academic Career Enhancement Award, and a TARK best paper award. He is currently the editor of ACM SIGecom Exchanges and an associate editor of the Journal of AI Research (JAIR) and Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS).

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