IEEE names two from Hebrew University among 10 rising stars in artificial intelligence


Dr. Aviv ZoharAugust 13, 2013: Two Hebrew University graduates, one of them 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 10 researchers who are rising stars in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Dr. Aviv Zohar and Dr. Ariel Procaccia both obtained their doctorates in computer science at the Hebrew University. Dr. Zohar is a senior lecturer at the University's Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, and Dr. 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, writes: “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.” The magazine 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 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. Zohar did his postdoctoral research 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 doctoral studies, and a scholarship from the Wolf Foundation during his master’s 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. Procaccia did postdoctoral research at Microsoft and Harvard and 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).

Source: Media Relations