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The IEEE Israel Conference of Students and Young Professionals 2017

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


08:30 – 09:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome remarks

09:30 – 10:30

Keynote 1, Auditorium Floor 3, Building B

Mr. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem  

“עירייה מחוץ לקופסה – יזמות במערכת הציבורית”

10:30 – 11:30

Keynote 2, Auditorium Floor 3, Building B

Prof. Amnon Shashua, CEO & CTO, Mobileye, an Intel company and Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation

“Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Driving and Wearable Computing”

11:30 – 12:45

Poster Session + Lunch onsite

12:45 – 13:45

Keynote 3, Auditorium Floor 3, Building B

Mr. Aharon Aharon, CEO of Israel Innovation Authority

“Israel’s Innovation Policy”

13:45 – 15:00

Coffee + Networking

09:00 – 15:00   Job fair in parallel with the convention





Mr. Nir Barkat

Nir Barkat has served as Mayor of Jerusalem since 2008, inspiring Jerusalemites with his vision to transform Israel’s capital city into one rich in culture, youth, education, economic development, innovation and tourism. Before entering public service, Mayor Barkat co‐founded BRM Technologies, a pioneering software house and later venture capital firm that developed and marketed ground‐breaking anti‐virus software now standard on personal computers throughout the world. His early successes as Mayor are rooted in his business methods and entrepreneurial approach to City Hall.

Mayor Barkat received the rank of Major during his six years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, which included serving as a company commander of paratroopers during the First Lebanon War. Following his army service, Mayor Barkat returned to Jerusalem where he attended Hebrew University and earned a degree in computer science.
He is married to artist Beverly Barkat, with whom he has three daughters.


Prof. Amnon Shashua

Prof. Amnon Shashua holds the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is computer vision and machine learning. Amnon has founded three startups in the computer vision and machine learning fields. In 1995 he founded CogniTens that specializes in the area of industrial metrology and is today a division of the Swedish corporation Hexagon. In 1999 he cofounded Mobileye with his partner Ziv Aviram. Mobileye develops system-on-chips and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems and is developing a platform for autonomous driving to be launched in 2021. Today, approximately 24 million cars rely on Mobileye technology to make their vehicles safer to drive. In August 2014, Mobileye claimed the title for largest Israeli IPO ever, by raising $1B at a market cap of $5.3B. In August 2017, Mobileye became an Intel company in the largest Israeli acquisition deal ever of $15.3B. Today, Prof. Shashua is the CEO and CTO of Mobileye and a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation leading Intel’s Autonomous Driving Group. In 2010 Amnon co-founded OrCam which harnesses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist people who are visually impaired or blind.


Mr. Aharon Aharon

Aharon is the CEO of Israel Innovation Authority since 2016. Before that, Aharon had managed the R&D activities of Apple’s Hardware Technologies in Israel, as well as supervising Apple Israel site. Prior to Apple, Aharon co-founded Camero (2004-2010), a startup company selling imaging systems for the defense and HLS markets. In parallel, Aharon also served as a Chairman of the Board at Discretix (2003-2010), a startup company providing mobile security that was acquired by ARM in 2015. Aharon was the CEO of Seabridge (2001-2003), a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens, developing access aggregators in communication networks. Prior to Seabridge, Aharon served as a COO as Zoran (1997-2001), and worked at IBM Haifa Research Labs, Sr. Manager and Deputy head (1983-1997). Aharon received his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Engineering (Cum Laude) from Technion (1981 and 1983).


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