About & CV

Yizhak Ben Shabat

I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National Universit (ANU) and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology as part of my Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship (MSCA-GF), working with  Prof. Stephen Gould and Prof. Ayellet Tal. Until recently, I was a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV).

I received my PhD in 2019 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology at the department of mechanical engineering in the laboratory for CAD and Lifecycle engineering. My PhD supervisors were Prof. Anath Fischer and Prof. Michael Lindenbaum.

My research interests lie on the intersection of robotic perception, 3D computer vision, and geometric algorithms.  In particular, I am currently working on applying deep learning methods to 3D point clouds. I received both my B.Sc (Cum Laude 2008) and M.Sc (Summa Cum Laude 2015) in mechanical engineering from the Technion.

Below I summarized my professional and teaching experience. Honors and awards can be found in this link. A list of my publications can be found at this link.

Academic Degrees

2019 PhD.  Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion I.I.T

2015 M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion I.I.T (Summa Cum Laude)

2008 B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion I.I.T (Cum Laude)

Research Interests

  • Deep Learning for 3D data.
  • Normal estimation for 3D point clouds.
  • 3D Scene understanding.
  • Robotic Vision and Perception.
  • Point cloud descriptors.
  • Over-segmentation of 3D point clouds.

Honours – Research

  • 2020 MSCA-IF-GF – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual global fellowship
  • 2019  ISEF – (Israel Scholarship Education Foundation) International Fellowship
  • 2018  Best poster award at the Mechanical engineering research day, Technion
  • 2017   Scholarship for academic excellence, Jacobs award for doctoral students
  • 2016   Scholarship for academic excellence, Daniel Award for doctoral students
  • 2016   Mechanical engineering department scholarship for academic excellence (March – July)
  • 2015   Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (with thesis). Highest Excellency (Summa Cum Laude), Technion I.I.T
  • 2015    HP Indigo award for Academic Excellency
  • 2008    B.Sc. in mechanical engineering. Deans Excellency (Cum Laude),Technion I.I.T


Honours – Teaching

  • Consistent Honorary TA ( five awards), CAD Systems 1 (Undergraduate course), Mechanical Engineering, Technion. (for semesters: s2017, s2016, w2016, s2015, w2015)
  • Honorary TA (three awards), CAD Systems 1 (Undergraduate course), Mechanical Engineering, Technion. (for semesters: s2013, s2014, w2014)

Teaching  Experience

2015 – 2019 Lecturer – CAD Systems 1, Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion I.I.T

2013 – 2019 TA – CAD Systems 1, Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion I.I.T

2008   TA – CAD Lab, undergraduate course, Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion I.I.T

2007 – 2008   Teaching Position, Asat (Technion Student Organization)

Professional Experience 

2019-2020: Reserach Fellow at the Australian National Universit (ANU)  node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV). Project title: “Robots, Humans, and Actions”. Supervisor: Prof. Stephen Gould

2018 :  Research visit at Prof. Matthias Nießner‘s Visual Computing group, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

2014 – 2015:   Project advisor, Haifa Reali High School

2008 – 2012:   Mechanical Engineer, IDF

2008 – 2012:   Mentor, FIRST Robotics Competition (Ironi D High School Tel Aviv)

2007 – 2008:   Mechanical Designer, Sharon Designs, Tel Aviv

2006  summer: Intern – IAESTE program, Merseburg university, Germany

2005 – 2008:   Instructor, Perach Project (Big Brother)

Community Service

2021 – Program Chair – Robotic Vision Summer School 2021 [link]

2020 – Organizer – ECCV tutorial on Deep Declarative Networks [link]

Reviewer for: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Remote Sensing. Here is a link to my Publons reviewer profile. 




I was born on December 16th, 1985 in the city of Hadera, Israel. Everyone I know calls me Itzik (common Israeli nickname for Yizhak – see how to pronounce it ). I am married to the talented Anna and father to the adorable, Shaked and Keshet (boy and girl). We currently live in Canberra, Australia.

In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball (formerly semi-professionally in Haifa team in Israel’s second league). I love teaching and every activity that combines it with technology (mentoring in FIRST Robotics Competition probably influenced me more than it did the kids). I like to think of myself as a “Maker” and I enjoy DIY projects that include mechanics, electronics, and programming (Check out my instructables profile).

Profiles on Professional Social Networks

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