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Prof. Don Norman

Former VP of Advanced Technologies at Apple, Director at the Design Lab at University of California San Diego & “Guru” for technology companies

Prof. Norman is the co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, IDEO fellow. He serves on numerous boards, helping companies make products enjoyable, understandable, and profitable. His major emphasis is design strategy. Mr. Norman is best known for his books on design: Emotional Design and The Design of Everyday Things.

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Yves Béhar

Design entrepreneur, Owner at Fuseproject

Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstone of any business. He is the founder and chief designer of fuseproject and the Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone. Béhar’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.

 

Dr. Paolo Pirjanian

Former iRobot CTO & CEO of Evolution Robotics, Current Founder and CEO at Embodied

Dr. Pirjanian is an entrepreneur, technologist, and strategist with expertise within the emerging personal robotics industry. Paolo is on a mission to make robots smarter and useful by creating consumer electronic products that will become a part of everyday life.  He has several years of startup experience in leading technology innovation and has crossed over to business development. He now fosters strategic partnerships with consumer product companies to translate technologies into competitive market positions. His other specialties include and are not limited to: Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Navigation and Business Development/ Strategy/ Planning.

 

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Amir Faintuch

Senior VP and General Manager at Intel Corporation & Former Division President of Qualcomm

Mr. Faintuch leads numerous worldwide engineering teams that are responsible for the IP design, system-on-chip (SoC) development, manufacturing and validation of Intel's overall chip portfolio across Intel businesses. He served as President at Qualcomm Atheros Division at Qualcomm Incorporated, where he oversaw Qualcomm’s: networking, infrastructure, broadband, connectivity and Internet of Things (IOT) Technologies. 

 

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Prof. Gal A. Kaminka

Head of Bar Ilan Robotics Consortium

Gal A. Kaminka is a professor at the computer science department and the Gonda brain sciences research center, at Bar Ilan University (Israel), where he chairs the Bar Ilan University Robotics Consortium.  His research expertise includes artificial intelligence, multi-robot systems, behavior and plan recognition, and modeling social behavior.  He is the 2013 recipient of the Israeli national Landau Prize in exact sciences.

 

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Dr. Guy Hoffman

Human Robotic Interaction (HRI) Expert & Professor/Head of HRC2 Lab Cornell University

Hoffman heads the Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship (HRC2) group. He is most interested in joint activities between humans and robots with respect to interaction fluency and robotic personal companions. As well as non-anthropomorphic robot design, computational models for embodied cognition in robots, in particular, artificial practice in a non-humanoid robot design. He is studying the algorithms, interaction schema, and designs that enables close interactions between people and personal robots in the workplace and at home. Also, Dr. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor and the Mills Family Faculty Fellow in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.

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Dr. Goren Gordon

Head of the Curiosity Lab at Tel-Aviv University & Developer of Quantum Computer Games

Goren has six academic degrees, a BA, MSc and PhD in Quantum Physics, a BMSc, MBA and another PhD in Neurobiology. He did his postdoc in MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group. His Research interests are  Artificial curiosity, curious robots, human-technology exploration, curiosity-driven models and algorithms. Goren has a teaching certificate from MIT. He loves to dance and play role-playing and board games. Goren is also the proud father of Noga, Doron and Gaia.

 

Dr. Yuval Benjamini

Senior Lecturer of Statistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Yuval Benjamini is a senior lecturer of Statistics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, specializing in the analysis of large and structured data sets and in interpretable models. He has a PhD from UC Berkeley, where he studied the use of predictive models for the analysis of genomic measurements, natural images, and cortical recordings.  Prior to joining the Hebrew University, he was a Stein Fellow at Stanford University. Yuval is husband to Ayelet, and father to Noga and Daphna.