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Faculty Research Day January 2023

On Wednesday, 04/01/23 a research day was held at the faculty, which allowed students, faculty members and guests an extraordinary opportunity to get an impression of the diverse research being carried out at the faculty.

Many thanks to all the students who prepared posters and presented their research, and their supervisors, who accompanied them in this. Thanks to you we were able to present such a great wealth of impressive works.

The competition was tough, and after many discussions, the following winners were announced:

In the Doctoral Category
First Place Winner:
Emmanuel Bar,
a student under the supervision of Dr. Elam Yalon
Research topic: Contacts to 2D materials – towards ultimate transistor scaling
An important and challenging topic. The student encountered unexpected things and was able to characterize and analyze theoretically, while proposing a solution for further research.

Second Place Winner:
Alon Rashelbach
, a student under the supervision of Prof. Mark Silberstein and Dr. Uri Rottenstreich
Research topic: Neural networks for computer systems
The research deals with an important problem that has been studied thoroughly. The student offers an original solution demonstrated in software and hardware that seems to have great application potential.

Honorable Mention:
Tal Daniel, a student under the supervision of Dr. Aviv Tamar
Research topic: Unsupervised Image Representation Learning with Deep Latent Particles
The research deals with an important problem in image representation. The student presented a new and promising approach  and results that could be suitable for many applications.

Orian Leitersdorf, a student under the supervision of Prof. Shahar Kvatinsky
Research topic: Drastically Accelerating Whole Genome Sequencing via GPUs
The research is about an important problem of DNA mapping. The student presented a new approach that enables significantly faster acceleration than the existing one, so that it will be possible to achieve low running times and costs, without the need for dedicated hardware. The results of the study can be expanded and contribute to the use of mapping in health institutions.

In the Master’s category:
First Place
Winner:
Shiran Even-Haim, a student under the supervision of Prof. Ido Kaminer

Research topic: Free-electron interactions with photonic GKP states: error correction and universal quantum computation
The committee finds that the problem that the study attacks is important and has a wide impact potential. The research examines the possibility of using the interaction between free electrons and photons for quantum computing, and continued development and research could in the future lead to a conceptual change in the construction of quantum computers. The research presented was done in a thorough and in-depth manner, including corresponding results that confirm the hypotheses. The committee noted that the research is in the initial stages, and there is a long way to go to bring the conceptual direction to practice, which creates a wide future research potential.

Second Place Winner:

Zohar Or, a student under the supervision of Prof. Amir Rosenthal

Research topic: Hand-Held Optoacoustic System for the Localization of Mid-Depth Blood Vessels

The research work was carried out in a complete and thorough manner, starting with the idea, planning the solution, its implementation, building the device, and performing experiments that confirm the proposed solution. The idea is original and innovative and combines several disciplines for a practical solution that works in the field.

Honorable Mention:

Sariel Hodisan, a student under the supervision of Prof. Shahar Kvatinsky

Research topic: Novel Analog Circuits Using Memristors and New Emerging Devices

Sariel showed that it is possible to integrate a memristor into an analog circuit in a way that would allow reception of signals in a very wide dynamic range. The presentation of the research was done clearly and well, while emphasizing the goal, the solution, the innovation, and the application. The committee found that the proposed research direction has the potential to influence the industry, because it deals with analog circuits, as opposed to digital circuits where it is more difficult to implement changes. In addition, the solution answers a real problem in handling the same with a wide range.

Tom Twigg, a student under the supervision of Prof. Yoash Levron

Research topic: The Effect of Changing the Cost Function on the Optimal Control of Power Systems

A theoretical work in which an important proof was completed. The work was done in a comprehensive way, through a combination of identification and understanding of the importance of the analytical proof, identifying the steps required to bring about a complete proof, and developing a final mathematical proof. This requires an understanding of the nature of the engineering problem and the properties of the components.

Congratulations to the winners, who will also receive a cash prize. We will soon announce the presenters who will represent the faculty at the Technion Research Day that will take place on January 18, 2023.

Thanks to the judges who volunteered to serve on the various award committees: Prof. Moshe Horowitz, Prof. Guy Gilboa, Prof. Ido Tal, Boaz Ofir from KLA, Dalia Haim from Apple, Ohad Falik from Intel, Dr. Moti Alon from IAI, and Dotan Levy from Nvidia.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to examine all posters thoroughly and listen to the students’ enriching lectures.

A big thanks to the research day team, Adi and Sharon! Thank you for the time, dedication, thought and effort you put into coordinating this event and for your creativity in dealing with challenges along the way.

See you on our next research day,
Lihi Zelnik-Manor – Vice Dean for Graduate Studies
Orly Babad Tamir – Head of graduate studies team

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