2 Israeli researchers among Top 10 rising stars in Artificial Intelligence

IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine tips Hebrew University PhD graduates in its prestigious ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’ list.

Dr. Aviv Zohar and Dr. Ariel Procaccia — both PhD graduates of computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – 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 makes 'AI's 10 to Watch' (Photo courtesty of Aviv Zohar)

Zohar is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University’s Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, and Procaccia is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Other researchers chosen for the honor hailed from Brown, Harvard, MIT, University of New York, University of Toronto, Tsinghua University and Stanford. Hebrew University was the only Israeli academic institution to have researchers appear on the list.

“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,” wrote Daniel Zeng, Editor in Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems.

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,” said 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, their “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.”

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