Scientific, Business Luminaries Converge for Launch of Israel's Largest Computer Engineering Center

More than 700 top academic and industry luminaries will gather for the inaugural Technion Computer Engineering (TCE) Conference this week (June 1-5, 2011). The conference will also serve as the launch of Israel's largest computer engineering center, located at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The new center which boasts 100 faculty members, more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students will be a collaborative effort of the Technion Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science, and a number of leading technology companies.

“The state-of-the-art research center will cooperate with industry in Israel and abroad, and advance the field of computer engineering in Israel,” said Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie. “It will also draw leading experts from around the world to give guest lectures, attract outstanding students who will continue their graduate studies here, and help bring native researchers and scientists working in this field back to Israel.”

Computer Engineering Center Dedication

(From left) David "Dadi" Perlmutter, Executive VP and Director of Architecture, Intel; Technion President Prof.

Peretz Lavie; Prof. Adam Shwartz, Dean of Electrical Engineering; Prof. Eli Biham,

According to both Electrical Engineering Dean Prof. Adam Shwartz and Computer Science Dean Prof. Eli Biham, the computer engineering center is a natural continuation of the activities of the two faculties, and meshes with the Technion strategy of developing leading technological research areas with an emphasis on collaboration.  It will also help facilitate cutting edge research in software, hardware and everything in between, including cloud computing, computer networks and imaging sciences (image processing and computerized vision).

Among the leading scientists and business leaders participating in this week’s conference:

-       David (Dadi) Perlmutter, Executive VP and Director of Architecture Worldwide, Intel

-       Justin Rattner, Chief Technology Officer, Intel; named ABC News “Person of the Week” in December 1996, and honored as one the 200 individuals who have had the greatest impact on the U.S. computer industry

-       Prof. Stéphane Mallat of the École Polytechnique, who has been called “the father of modern signal processing”

-       Prof. Mark Horowitz, Dean of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; recognized as one of the leaders of the worldwide computer architecture community

-       Prof. Mark Snir, University of Illinois; and Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou, UC San Diego; leaders in the field of advanced performance computing

-       Prof. Guillermo Sapiro, University of Wisconsin, whose work made possible the transmission of images by the NASA Pathfinder from Mars to Earth

-       Pat Gelsinger, President and COO, EMC; formerly with Intel, where he was a design manager of the Intel 486 microprocessor and Pentium-Pro processor

-       Doug Burger, Principal Researcher and Manager, Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research

Heads of research of Israel-based companies such as Amdocs, Sisco, Checkpoint, RAFAEL, Elbit Systems, SAP, HP and Qualcomm, will also be in attendance.

To watch a video of David "Dadi" Perlmutter speaking about the Technion and its influence, click here.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Israel's leading science and technology university. Home to the country’s first winners of the Nobel Prize in science, it commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, computer science, biotechnology, water-resource management, materials engineering, aerospace and medicine. The majority of the founders and managers of Israel's high-tech companies are alumni. Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) is the leading American organization supporting higher education in Israel, with offices around the country.


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