Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Registration is open - Deep Learning Autumn School at Bar Ilan University

My friend Ely Porat sent me the following registration notice for the deep learning and AR/VR Autumn courses:
Registration is pretty low and you can get academic credit from Bar Ilan University.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Israeli AI Week - call for talks ending Aug 1st

My friend Assaf Araki from Intel invited me to give a hand organizing the Israeli AI Week. We are looking for talks from innovative companies and machine learning researchers.

The AI-Week in Tel Aviv is a nationwide community event organized by representatives from the Academia, Government, Industry and NGOs.  AI week will bring together ~2000 AI researchers and practitioners from Israel and around the globe. The event will take place in Tel Aviv university campus during November 17th to November 20th and will include one day of hands on workshops, two conference days with +100 speakers, a two days of data hackathon and multiple additional events. 

The goals of AI Week are to increase the synergy among the local AI eco system and with leading global innovators while exposing Israel AI innovation to the world.  This event will include cutting edge sessions delivered by leading researchers and industry innovators from Israel and around the world. 

The Israel AI week founding members include Tel Aviv University, Startup Nation Central, Israel Innovation Authority & Intel. We are adding more and more partners into this community effort.

Among our steering committee members are  Prof. Amnon Shashua (SVP Intel, President and CEO of Mobileye & Professor at the Hebrew University), Major Gen. (Res.) Professor Isaac Ben-Israel(Chairman of Israel Space Agency, Chairman of Israel National Council for R&D & Professor at Tel-Aviv University), Prof. Eugene Kandel (CEO of Start-Up Nation Central & Professor at the Hebrew University) and Aharon Aharon (CEO of Israel Innovation Authority).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Allen Institue Opens an Israeli Branch

This Tuesday Prof. Oren Etsioni announced on his keynote talk at the Data Science Summit, that the Seattle Allen Institute opens an Israeli Branch:
Prof. Yoav Goldberg from Bar Ilan is heading the research effort, with focus on NLP.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Upcoming data science events in Israel

My friend Assaf Araki is organizing the AI Week Nov 17-21 at Tel Aviv University. It is going to be the first national AI event with around 2000 participants. Dr. Ben Lorica, chief scientist of O'Reilly will be one of the speakers along with Prof. Amnon Shashua, CEO of MobileEye.

Another interesting event is the AI Data Science Summit - May 21 in Jerusalem.  It is a follow up event organized by Avner Algom of our European Data Science Summit. Prof. Oren Etzioni from the Allen Institute for AI is one of the keynote speakers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hacking Deep Learning (Bar Ilan) Workshop Videos

Hacking Deep Learning (Bar Ilan) Workshop Videos now online. Thanks for my friend Prof. Yossi Keshet for organizing and inviting me!
One notable talk which is unfortunately missing from the videos is of Prof. Adi Shamir described in this paper. The work analysis how many pixels one should change to confuse a deep learning based classifier. The result is surprising - only a few! A related describe work is this.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

UAI 2019 is coming to Tel Aviv

I got this from my friend Nick:

This year, Tel Aviv will host UAI (July 22-25). Several students have been able to attend the conference and present their work thanks to the generosity of your institutions. We hope that you will continue to support us this year as well. You can find more information about sponsorship packages here .


Nikolaos Vasiloglou 

UAI 2019 Sponsorship Chair

Feel free to reach out to Nick in case you are interested in sponsoring the event.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Alibaba acquires Data Artisans?

Data Artisans is the company behind Apache Flink - the European answer to Apache Spark.
According to this news article Alibaba acquires Data Artisans.

I wrote back in 2014 on Apache Flink project.