Affiliated Proffessors

Prof. Yuval Elovici

Key Researcher – Cyber Security Domain​

Software and Information Systems Engineering (SISE) Department

Yuval Elovici is the Director of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, head of BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC), Research Director of iTrust at SUTD, and a Professor in the Department of Information Systems Engineering at BGU. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer and electrical engineering from BGU and a Ph.D. in information systems from Tel Aviv University. He served as the head of the software engineering program at BGU for two and a half years. For the past 11 years he has led the cooperation between BGU and Deutsche Telekom. Prof. Elovici has published articles in leading peer reviewed journals and conferences. In addition, he has co-authored books on social network security and information leakage detection and prevention. His primary research interests are computer and network security, cyber security, web intelligence, information warfare, social network analysis, and machine learning. Prof. Elovici also consults professionally in the area of cyber security and is the co-founder of Morphisec, a startup company that develops innovative cyber security mechanisms that relate to moving target defense.

Director of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Head of BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC). Research Director of iTrust at SUTD, and a Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at BGU.

Prof. Lior Rokach

Key Researcher – Machine Learning Domain

Software and Information Systems Engineering (SISE) Department

Lior Rokach is a data scientist and a Professor of Information Systems and Software Engineering at BGU. His research interests lie in the design and analysis of machine learning and data mining algorithms and their applications in cyber security, recommendation systems and information retrieval. Prof. Rokach is the author of over 200 peer reviewed papers in leading journals (e.g., Machine Learning, Machine Learning Research, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge, and Data Engineering and Pattern Recognition), conference proceedings, patents, and book chapters. In addition, he has also authored six books including: “Data Leakage Detection and Prevention” (Springer, 2012), “Pattern Classification Using Ensemble Methods” (World Scientific Publishing, 2009), “Data Mining with Decision Trees” (World Scientific Publishing, 2007), and “Decomposition Methodology for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining” (World Scientific Publishing, 2005). Prof. Rokach is also the co-editor of “The Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Handbook” (1st edition, Springer, 2005; 2nd edition, 2010), “Soft Computing for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining” (Springer, 2007), and “Recommender Systems Handbook” (1st edition, Springer, 2011; 2nd edition, 2015). His works are cited extensively, and his books are standard classroom reading for graduate courses. Prof. Rokach established BGU’s Machine Learning Research Laboratory which carries out research and projects in the broad area of machine learning and its applications; specifically, the lab promotes innovative adaptations of machine learning methods to create the next generation of intelligent systems. Since its establishment in March 2006, the machine learning lab has been involved in more than two dozen research projects that have attracted a significant amount of funding. Among the institutions that have funded Prof. Rokach's research are: Deutche Telekom Co., Intel, IBM, EMC, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, the Israeli Ministry of Defense (Center for Development of Means and Infrastructure), and the Israeli Ministry of Trade and Commerce.

Full Proffessor at the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Prof. Yuval Shahar

Key Researcher – Biomedical Informatics and Healthcare Domains

Software and Information Systems Engineering (SISE) Department

Yuval Shahar is a Professor in BGU’s Department of Information Systems Engineering; he also previously served as the Head of the department. He holds B.Sc. and M.D. degrees from the Hebrew University, an M.Sc. in computer science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in medical information sciences from Stanford University. After a decade at Stanford as a researcher and full-time faculty member in computer science and medicine, he joined BGU in 2000 to found and head its Medical Informatics Research Center.

 

Over the past 25 years, Prof. Shahar’s research has focused on temporal reasoning, temporal data mining, therapy planning, decision analysis, information visualization, knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, and knowledge-based systems, applying his work mostly in biomedical domains, as well in domains such as homeland security and information security.

Prof. Shahar has received multiple awards, including a NIH 5-year FIRST Career award in 1995, an NSF award to explore the theoretical and practical implications of the temporal-reasoning methodology he developed; an IBM Faculty award in 2005, and in 2008 he received an HP Worldwide Innovation Program award. In 2005 he was elected as an International Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).  Since 2014, Prof. Shahar has held the Josef Erteschik Chair in Information Systems Engineering at BGU.

Full Proffessor at the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

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