About & CV
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). On my quest to change the world, I created the Talking Papers Podcast, a podcast by researchers for researchers that aims to be a new medium for disseminating research and help early career academics.
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.
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)
- 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)
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)
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
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)
2022 – Founder – The Talking Papers Podcast [link]
2022 – Website and Poster Chair – Robotic Vision Summer School 2022 [link]
2021 – Program Chair – Robotic Vision Summer School 2021 [link]
2020 – Organizer – ECCV tutorial on Deep Declarative Networks [link]
Reviewer for: CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, NeurIPS, ICLR. TPAMI ,CAD, Remote Sensing.
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 Atlit, Israel (previously 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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