Dr. Or Sheffet is Developing Algorithms that Protect our Privacy
In this technological age, information about each and every one of us – personal and sensitive information – is collected in large databases: medical information is collected in hospitals, financial information is collected by banks and credit card companies, and even our ID and residential address are kept by government offices or the bureau of statistics. Due to the sensitive nature of such information, maintaining its privacy is imperative.
Dr. Ethan Fetaya Teaches Computers How to See
For many animals – humans included – sight is the most dominant of senses. We are able to see an image and easily recognize objects, distinguish between night and day, comprehend what’s at the front and what’s in the back. Computers, on the other hand, still struggle to do that, despite incredible advances in the field. This is one of the challenges currently facing researchers in computer vision: extracting semantic information from an image.
Working on Solutions for the Virus
Three faculties lab are hard at work (following the Ministry of Health’s guidelines, of course), conducting research and trying to solve the problems of the Coronavirus pandemic, in diagnosis and treatment
Dr. Adam Teman Develops Embedded Memories for Sophisticated Chips
In these trying times, it’s nice to hear some good news. Last month, Dr. Adam Teman has learned that he is among the winners of the prestigious Krill Prize, awarded by the Wolf Foundation for Excellence in Scientific Research. The prize is given annually to ten young untenured lecturers and senior lecturers in Israel, based on general academic achievements.
Israeli tech may help drastically reduce corona virus diagnostic time
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, one of the most pressing medical challenges that areas massively affected by the crisis face is the need to test a high number of people who might have been infected in a short amount of time. New technology developed by Dr Amos Danieli at Bar Ilan University might assist them in the mission, drastically cutting the time needed to analyze saliva samples.
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Revolutionary Eye Drops, A 3D Heart, Bamba And Biblical Art – NoCamels’ Most Popular Stories Of 2019
In January 2019, NoCamels followed up on major Israeli research into revolutionary eye drops that can correct refractive-related vision problems, thereby potentially making eyeglasses obsolete.
International Conference "QUEST 2", December 16-18 at the Faculty of Engineering
During December 16-18 we will have the pleasure to host at the Faculty of Engineering the international conference "QUEST 2" focused on /quantum Science and Technology. Students are especially encouraged to participate and present their posters (the best poster prize will be awarded).
Looking forward to seeing you!
Once again, the Adams Fellowship is awarded to a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Engineering
This year, for the second time since the Faculty of Engineering, was founded at Bar-Ilan, one of its PhD candidates is being honored with the Adams Fellowship. The fellowship is annually awarded by the Israel National Academy of Sciences to only eight doctoral candidates of all universities, for personal academic and research excellence.
Putting The Faculty of Engineering on the Global Map
The 3RD Workshop on OptoMechanics and Brillouin Scattering: Fundamentals, Applications, and Technologies – WOMBAT was held in March of this year. The event is dedicated to the joint research of sound and light waves. It is held every two years, and the innovator who brought the event to Israel and Prof. Avi Zadok, of BIU’s Faculty of Engineering. “The first workshop was conducted in Australia in 2015, and the acronym for the event is specifically designed as the name of the Australian animal also depicted in the event’s logo,” explains Zadok, 46. “In that first event, we only had one BIU student. By the second event, held in France in 2017, I was invited with 3 students, and it was an incredible experience. It was one of the best conferences we’ve been to, and that motivated us to host the next event here. Therefore, towards the 3rd workshop, we submitted a proposal to host it here in Israel, and happily, we were accepted.”
A New Program for Excelling Students at the Faculty of Engineering
The 700 Points Club offers scholarships and academic mentoring by BIU’s Faculty of Engineering’s leading lecturers and by leading industry professionals to excelling students – male and especially female
With the opening of the 2018/9 academic year, the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University launched a program for excelling students – the 700 Points Club, a joint initiative with KLA Tencor Israel. The program is aimed to advance students – especially female – who earned a 700+ grade in the psychometric exam (Israel’s equivalent of the SAT’s, maximum grade – 800). “The percentage of female engineering students is significantly low of that of male students, and not just at Bar-Ilan,” says Dina Yeminy, Administrative Head of the Faculty of Engineering. “We make every effort in encouraging women to choose this field of study. All the students, male and female, accepted into this club, will enjoy a range of benefits and perks, such as scholarships donated by KLA-Tencor, field training alongside industry leaders, and academic mentoring by our world renowned researchers.”
Student Spotlight on Pavitra S R, PhD Candidate in Prof. Fixler's Lab
Meet Pavitra S R, originally from India, a PhD candidate at Prof. Dror Fixler’s Advanced Light Microscopy Laboratory in the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University. Pavitra works on developing a novel, non-invasive method to detect and treat atherosclerosis – the leading cause of death and disability in the western world. In research led by her doctoral adviser Prof. Fixler, who is also Director of Bar-Ilan's Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), Pavitra is using gold nanorods and new imaging technology in an effort to diagnose and treat this disease in its early stages, before hardened and narrowed arteries trigger heart attacks or strokes.
Prof. Avi Zadok: Excellent students are the key to successful research
In the past decade, Prof. Avi Zadok's students have won numerous acclaims. Five of them were included on the Rector's Honor Roll. So how exactly does a research group produce this many shining stars?
Prof. Avi Zadok's students at the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University are making a name for themselves. They have won numerous awards and research fellowships, and Prof. Zadok is a proud mentor: "Through the years I have been privileged to work alongside the best of students," he boasts.
Prof. Orit Shefi is Featured on the Cover of Nashim Magazine - for her Scientific Accomplishments
Prof. Orit Shefi, of Bar-Ilan’s Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering, is featured on the cover of new issue of Nashim (Women) Magazine in Israel. Prof. Shefi who is also a researcher at BIU’s Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, was chosen as Nashim’s ‘cover girl’ thanks to her trailblazing research in regenerating damaged nerve cells. Prof. Shefi and her lab team have recently developed a gel-based component to the nerve system. Based on that, they designed collagen hydrogel as 3D scaffolds for neuronal regeneration, and developed methods to control collagen matrix structure and collagen fiber orientation.
Dr. Tomer Lewi – Trying to Beat Nature
Dr. Tomer Lewi, an expert in Nano Photonics and Flat Optics at Bar-Ilan’s University Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering, shares his experience with metamaterials and their applications, which may enable the replacement of classic optical elements with flat ones.
The interaction between light and matter is the focus of research for Dr. Tomer Lewi, of Bar-Ilan’s Faculty of Engineering. “I am interested in the interaction between light and metamaterials or quantum materials,” explains Lewi. “Why? Two reasons. Firstly, because it’s interesting on the physical level. New phenomena arising suddenly, exciting new functions. Secondly, these materials are used to develop a new type of technology called Flat Optics, aiming to replace all the classic optical elements, such as lenses, mirrors, beam splitters and such, with flat elements – nanostructures designed for specific functions.”
Dr. Eliahu Cohen - Engineering the Future
Dr. Eliahu Cohen from the Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan describes Quantum Engineering, its significance and applications, and why it is the field to major in. And yes, he is hiring interns!
Dr. Eliahu Cohen of Bar-Ilan University’s Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering predicts that Quantum Engineering, a relatively new discipline, will become the next big thing in the scientific world. “Exploring quantum technologies has become a global trend in the past few years. Large corporations are already turning their attention to the field, and already use quantum-based computers. Google and IBM use these computers too,” says Cohen, 32. “The security industry, considered to be relatively conservative, is highly interested in these technologies. In Israel, this is practically a national mission. Many acknowledge that the first one to succeed in using quantum computers to decipher classic cryptography methods will gain a huge competitive advantage.”