Portable, ultrasound scanners can help professionals to make life-saving decisions in real-time even when they are on site at a medical emergency. Prof. Yonina Eldar’s lab at the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering is developing a small and efficient innovative ultrasound system that transmits scans to treating physicians immediately. Examinations involve the use of an advanced probe, which transmits to a remote processing unit or the cloud. The image is sent to the physician’s smartphone or tablet.
Technion continues its multitier academic collaboration with the University of Michigan (UM), through which researchers are accelerating the development of new medications and treatments. The UM-Israel Partnership for Research and Education collaboration includes research projects, student and faculty exchange, institutional joint ventures and technology commercialization. Awards are granted to scientists in UM, Technion and the Weizmann Institute to support research, foster innovation, and spur collaboration in biomedical science. The D. Dan and Betty Kahn – Technion – UM – Weizmann Partnership Symposium, “Biomedicine Meets Bioengineering”, was held in May 2016, celebrating five years of the collaboration.
A.M. Turing Award, Harvey Prize laureate, and Technion alumnus, Prof. Judea Pearl this year received the 2015 Dickson Prize in Science by Carnegie Mellon University. The prize is awarded to Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to science. Prof. Pearl announced that he will be donating prize money to the Technion, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree.
Yahoo recently launched Yahoo Research, which will be responsible for developing and pushing research-led products into the market. Yoelle Maarek, who earned her PhD at Technion in Computer Science, is Vice President of this initiative. Illustrious alumna Dr. Maarek (r) gave a presentation to the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron, during his visit to Technion in September.
“Today, Israel and the Technion in particular, are leaders in maintaining the country’s ability to withstand cyber threats. Yet to continue to do this, we must promote interdisciplinary research that relies on the capabilities of the Technion,” said Prof. Eli Biham, head of the new Cyber Security Research Center launched at Technion in April 2016. The new center will serve as a focal point for scholars, disseminate research findings, and deepen awareness of the field via courses, lectures and outreach activities to the industry.
Born in midtown Haifa in the historic area of Hadar, the Technion Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning has returned to its original home. From the spring of 2016, the Hadarion – an octagonal building designed by architect Shlomo Gilad – serves as a studio and study center for Technion architecture students and researchers from which they are conceiving the Israel of tomorrow.
With an exponential increase in data communications, excellent data science is a top priority at Technion, which is pioneering the science of Big Data, in multiple fields. The Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management is the first to offer an undergraduate degree program for top students in Data Science and Engineering, producing graduates who will be professional data scientists.
New technology to compress light wavelengths fourfold offers a way to focus light beyond normal wavelengths to reach nanoscales (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter) in length. “With increased brightness and resolution, microscopes will have increased accuracy at the molecular level,” says Prof. Guy Bartal of the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The innovation opens the way to improvements in lab-on-chip devices and bioimaging.
Norman Seiden, Deputy Chair of the Technion Board of Governors and a leader of the American Technion Society, was honored at Technion in December 2015 for three generations of support, which gave impetus to the optoelectronics and nanotechnology revolution in Israel. Honoring the Seiden family for its multidisciplinary support, President Peretz Lavie summarized: “You’ve helped make Technion what it is today.”
A new agreement with École Polytechnique (l’X) to promote relations between the accelerator programs, L’X and Technion’s T-Factor has been signed at Technion in the presence of the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. Participants in each accelerator will have privileged access to the other, providing participants at T-Factor with the chance to spend up to six weeks at L’X, and vice versa.
The Technion Nano Bible is now part of the Smithsonian Libraries collection, housed in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the National Museum of American History in the US. Conceived and created by Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at Technion, the Nano Bible is engraved on a gold-plated silicon chip the size of a sugar grain, and was fabricated by engineers in the Micro-Nano Fabrication Unit (MNFU). Its text consists of more than 1.2 million letters carved with a focused beam of gallium ions, and must be magnified 10,000 times to be read.
Four Technion students have won the Ariane de Rothschild Women Doctoral Program scholarships, awarded by the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation to promote equal opportunities in academia and society in Israel. The scholarship includes tuition fees and a living allowance for four years, and a onetime grant for participating in an international conference.