New from the Faculty of Engineering: The Neuroengineering Track
During his post-doctoral studies at MIT, Dr. Shahar Alon met artist Neil Harbisson, the first person recognized by the British government as a human cyborg. Born completely colorblind, Harbisson had an antenna implanted in his skull, translating colors into sound. The antenna sends vibrations to his head, creating different notes for each color. It’s also connected to a chip for internet access, allowing him to sense colors from space via satellite, as well as receive emails, texts and phone calls directly into his head. “Harbisson demonstrates the future of humanity,” says Dr. Shahar Alon, head of the new neuroengineering track at Bar Ilan’s Faculty of Engineering. “Technology is headed towards optimal interfacing with the brain, receiving information in the best possible manner, and upgrading it. It could completely change the world of video games – say, playing a car racing game while wearing a helmet that detects whether you want to turn left or right – but also significantly improve the lives of people with various disabilities such as communication or neurological disorders. Clearly, the potential is enormous, and our goal is to improve the brain/machine interface and prepare for a future of greater convergence between humans and computers, even without drilling into our skulls”.
The final project of the Digital Design Principles (DDP) course was constructed and presented at the hackathon held at the Faculty lobby
When it comes to a constantly innovating faculty, even a final project comes with a twist. The final project for the Digital Design Principles (DDP) course reached its apex in a Hackathon held on the last day of June, at the faculty lobby. “We were inspired by a Hackathon we participated in several months prior, in December 2019, focusing on RISC-V and sponsored by Western Digital,” says Dr. Adam Teman, the course’s academic supervisor. “Most participating groups in that Hackathon, winners included, used the PulpEnIX platform developed in Bar-Ilan; a group of BSc students from Bar-Ilan won third place. It was a fun, successful event. People prepared for weeks, slept on the floor – not because someone made them, but because they enjoyed it. We saw how excited people were, and to add some spice to our course (which explored similar issues), we decided to hold an end-of-course Hackathon.”
New from the Faculty of Engineering: The Quantum Engineering Program
This past December, the State of Israel signed off on an allocation of 1.25B ILS in favor of the national program for quantum science and technology. Set under the jurisdiction of TELEM (The National Infrastructure Forum for Research and Development), the program has set several goals, including developing human capital and research infrastructure, building a quantum computer in Israel, and forming international collaborations in the quantum field. We’re answering the call here at the Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan, and starting in the upcoming academic year we’ll be offering the Quantum Engineering program, leading us along with the rest of the world toward the Second Quantum Revolution. “These are brand new contents in local and even international terms. Only a few institutions in the world offer a BSc in quantum engineering,” says head of the program, Dr. Eli Cohen. “We decided to open this program after we’ve identified the growing interest, both in academia and the industry, in developing quantum technologies and utilizing them for computing, communication and encryption, as well as developing new and advanced sensors. Our goal is to train faculty graduates with a founded knowledge of engineering, but also physics, computer science and mathematics, with a strong emphasis on quantum science and technology.”
Microsoft Q# Coding Contest – Summer 2020
Microsoft has set up a contest where you are required to solve quantum problems using the Q# programming language.
If you're interested in the world of quantum computing, you may wish to take part in the contest! Undergraduate students from Bar-Ilan University who are among the winners of the contest will receive a monetary prize of 500 NIS (subject to presenting their solution to us).
Dr. Itzick Cohen to Launch the Industrial Engineering and Information Systems Program
The program was approved by the University and was submitted for approval of the CHE. In addition, a new modeling and process mining lab is already accepting grad students
Dr. Itzick Cohen’s specialty in complex process analysis can be applied to the COVID-19 reality: “The world we live in is one of the processes, a series of interconnected actions performed in order to achieve a certain goal. Caring for a hospital patient, a business process, a complex development project, and even food prep in a restaurant kitchen - they’re all processes. Take the restaurant: If we can automatically identify the state of the situation based on information received from various sensors such as cameras or motion trackers, we can send diners automatic notifications when their dishes are about to arrive, handle possible delays, and even check and see whether or not the dish was prepared according to the recipe,” he explains. “This model can be applied to a variety of complex processes and is also relevant to pandemics. Information received from location sensors, medical inspections, complaints about symptoms, questionnaires filled in by the general public - all can help to analyze the pandemic’s progress, identify actions that lead to elevated infection rates, the conditions in which infection occurs and where the next outbreak would be. For example, a certain activity might only lead to infection under certain conditions of duration, environment, etc. If we could identify specific infection conditions, we could keep doing the activities but avoid one of the infection conditions, thereby decreasing it.”
Dr. Itamar Levi Battles Data Leakage from Electronic Components
The chip provides protection at a much lower cost – in terms of area, energy consumption and performance – than anything currently offered on the market
Credit purchases via cellphone, saving and processing private information on the server, a pacemaker based on a simple processor, a system of sensors and controllers connected to a factory network – all of these are examples of computer-based platforms with electronic processing. All of them carry sensitive, intimate information, and naturally, the need arises to secure the information they process. “My research focuses on how to design our electronic friends in a way we can trust them,” says Dr. Itamar Levi, who had joined the Computer Engineering program at the Faculty this past October. “In theory, it’s simple: patterns of secret-keeping systems (or any other cryptographic need) always rely on some grain of secretly-kept information, such as a secret key. The problem is that our systems are not theoretical: the very realization of the system in the physical world leads to secret data leakage, whether it is or isn’t being used – and that’s just one of many problems.”
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.
Read the full Jerusalem Post report
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.”