Technion

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The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s primary technological university and the largest centre for applied research in Israel. Ranked among the leading technological universities in the world, numerous innovations in all fields have their origins in Technion research. All technology transfer and research activities of Technion staff are handled by the Technion Research &  Development Foundation ltd. Two Technion researchers won the Nobel Prize in 2004. The Technion offers pre, graduate & postgraduate students the opportunity to pursue world-class research in science, engineering, industrial management, as well as many other fields. Today there are over 12,000 students at the Technion, 25% of them graduate students, taught by a thousand staff members.

With the merging of science and technology, and research becoming multi-disciplinary to a large extent, Technion has in addition to its 19 faculties, some 29 research institutes and centers, all based on a flexible organizational structure, enabling it to rapidly respond to new research priorities. The CS department at the Technion consists of more than 50 professors, spanning all areas in the core of computer science. The quality of research pursued in the Technion CS department is well known worldwide. About 800 students graduate each year from the department, including about 100 MSc and 70 PhD. The department graduates are known to be the “best of breed” in the country and abroad.

CVs of key personnel

Prof. Assaf Schuster has been with the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology – since 1991. He established DSL – the Distributed Systems Laboratory, which later became CSL – the Computer Systems Laboratory, now hosting eight faculty members, more than forty graduate students, and hundreds of undergraduate students. Over the years, Prof. Schuster has been interested in various aspects of parallel and distributed computing, at all granularity levels, from fine-grain threads, through tightly- and loosely-coupled resource pools, to large-scale, global systems. He has published papers on a wide range of topics, including computer architecture, virtualization systems, concurrency bugs, verification software, shared memory, memory models, monitoring of data streams, multi-level caching, data mining, peer-to-peer networks, and privacy preservation. His race detection algorithm was implemented in Intel’s Thread Checker, and his patents on distributed shared memory were sold by the Technion. One of his published papers triggered a rewrite of the Java Memory Model. He has built scalable production systems to handle petabytes of storage with off-the-shelf hardware. He has supervised more than fifty doctoral and master’s degree students, served as an editor of professional journals, was on the program committee of various top conferences, participated in national and international consortia, and his research was granted millions of dollars in funding by the EC, by national funding agencies, and by the industry (Microsoft, Intel, Google, Sun, Mellanox, to name only a few). He has served on the advisory board of and as a consultant to government agencies and international companies (such as HP, IBM, and Microsoft), and to startups (some of which, like Qumranet, were big success stories). Over the academic year of 2010/11, Prof. Schuster has been working to establish TCE – the Technion Center for Computer Engineering, which he heads. TCE is a center of activity for dozens of applied computer scientists from the CS and EE departments of the Technion and other universities.

Dr. Izchak Sharfman is a senior research member at the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the Technion at 2009 for a thesis on communication-efficient detection of global properties over distributed data streams. The paper forming the basis of his thesis – “A Geometric Approach to Monitoring Threshold Functions over Distributed Data Streams” – was awarded an Honorable Mention as part of the SIGMOD 2006 best paper award, and the subsequent TODS journal version of the paper received the Jacobs prize for excellent journal publications. The work done as part of his thesis later served as an important building block in the EU FET-Open LIFT project (2010-2012), of which he was an active member. In addition, he is a member of the DATASIM (2011-2014) and INSIGHT EU projects. His research interests include distributed computation, data mining, and privacy preservation.

Prof. Daniel Keren (Ph,D 1991, Hebrew University in Jerusalem) is currently the chairman of the computer science department in Haifa University, Haifa, Israel. Prof. Keren’s main fields of research are geometry and probability. He published mostly in computer vision journals and conferences. Since 2003, he has been working closely with Prof. Assaf Schuster’s group in the Technion, in the area of distributed monitoring. His main contribution is in the mathematical aspects of the research such as object modelling, learning,optimisation, and probability. A main novelty of the joint research is the incorporation of such mathematical tools into the research paradigm; this allowed to develop entirely new methodologies, based on geometry, to monitor general functions. Prof. Keren’s goal is to continue developing the mathematical tools used so far, as well as to develop new ones, to improve and extend the applications of these tools to monitor and mine large, distributed data sets.