Meir Feder is a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, the incumbent of the Information Theory Chair. An internationally recognized authority in signal processing, communication and information theory, Professor Feder holds Sc.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was a visiting Professor in MIT, and had visiting positions at Bell laboratories and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He is an IEEE Fellow, and received several academic awards including the IEEE Information Theory society best paper award.
During his academic career, Prof. Feder was closely involved in the high-tech industry with numerous companies, including working with Intel on the MMX architecture and designing efficient multimedia algorithms for it. In 1998 he co-founded Peach Networks, a provider of server-based interactive TV system via the cable network, acquired in 2000 by Microsoft. He then co-founded Bandwiz, a provider of massive content delivery systems for enterprise networks. In 2004 he co-founded Amimon, a fab-less ASIC Company, the developer of "Wireless Home Digital Interface" (WHDI™) technology, and an emerging leading provider of ASICs for wireless high-definition A/V connectivity at the home.
Moni Shahar (PhD) holds first degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University. In the last 25 years he has held a variety of algorithmic leadership positions in the high-tech industry. His work spans a variety of areas including machine vision, NLP, algorithmic finance, machine learning and applied physics. In parallel to his industrial job, he teaches in the Department of Statistics and has published over 20 scientific papers.
Moderator and Speaker: Prof. Yaniv Assaf
Yaniv Assaf is a Professor of Neuroscience at the school of neurobiology, biochemistry and biophysics at the faculty of life-sciences and the Sagol school of neuroscience of Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Assaf, a biophysicist and neuroscientist, has focused his career in neuroimaging and brain mapping for over 25 years. Over this period, he has published over 100 papers in the field in leading journals such as Science, Neuron, PNAS, Nature Neuroscience and Brain. In his research, Prof. Assaf focuses on developing brain mapping techniques to explore brain microstructure.
In 2017, Prof. Assaf, together with Assi Horowitz founded BrainVivo – a startup company that uses functional and micro-structural brain MRI of human subjects to create a real-brain inspired AI platform that will enable to digitize human perception and judgement (www.brainvivo.com).
The main fields of research of Leo Corry are the history of mathematics, computing and physics from 1870 on, and the development of the Euclidean tradition in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. He has also been involved in developing and promoting computer-based methods of research in the humanities. He was Dean of Humanities at TAU, 2015-2020.
Prof. Michael Birnhack is Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. He is also the director of the Parasol International LL.M program and the Director of the S. Horowitz Institute for IP at TAU Law. His research focuses on information law. His privacy-related studies included topics of data protection, school surveillance, medical big data, biometrics, and Israeli privacy law. Birnhack was a member of the Public Council for the Protection of Privacy (three terms); of expert committees on privacy in the public and civil sectors. His book on privacy won the 2010 book prize of the Israeli Political Scientists Association.
In this talk we will give a very brief overview of the field of Reinforcement Learning.
We will highlight the recent successes, look at the fundamental methodologies, and
Prof. Yishay Mansour got his PhD from MIT in 1990, following it he was a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard and a Research Staff Member in IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Since 1992 he is at Tel-Aviv University, where he is currently a Professor of Computer Science and has serves as the first head of the Blavatnik School of Computer Science during 2000-2002. He was the founder and first director of the Israeli Center of Research Excellence in Algorithms.
Prof. Mansour held positions with IBM Research, Bell Labs, AT&T research Labs, and MicroSoft Research and is currently associated with Google Research. He has mentored start-ups Riverhead, which was acquired by Cisco, Ghoonet and Verix.
Prof. Mansour has published over 100 journal papers and over 200 proceeding papers in various areas of computer science with special emphasis on machine learning, algorithmic game theory, communication networks, and theoretical computer science and has supervised over a dozen graduate students in those areas.
Prof. Mansour was named an ACM fellow in 2014, and in 2019 received the 30-years Test of Time Award of Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS). He is currently an associate editor in a number of distinguished journals and has been on numerous conference program committees. He was both the program chair of COLT (1998) and the STOC (2016), served twice on the COLT steering committee, and is on the ALT steering committee.