Amnon Shashua

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Amnon Shashua
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Amnon Shashua at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Born Amnon Shashua
(1960-05-26) May 26, 1960 (age 58)
Nationality Israeli
Alma mater Tel-Aviv University (B.S.)
Weizmann Institute of Science (M.S.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.)
Scientific career
Fields Artificial Intelligence
Institutions Mobileye
Thesis Geometry and Photometry in 3D Visual Recognition (1993)

Amnon Shashua (Hebrew: אמנון שעשוע‎; born 26 May 1960) is a computer science professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as co-founder and CTO of Mobileye[1] (NYSE:MBLY) and co-founder of OrCam. As of the Intel acquisition of Mobileye in 2017, he serves as CEO and CTO of Mobileye, and Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation.


Amnon Shashua received his B.Sc in mathematics and computer science from Tel-Aviv University in 1985 and his M.Sc in computer science in 1989 from the Weizmann Institute of Science[2] under the supervision of Shimon Ullman. His Ph.D in brain and cognitive sciences was received from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while working at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, in 1993; and his postdoctoral training under Tomaso Poggio at the center for biological and computational learning at MIT.

Academic career[edit]

Shashua has been on the computer science faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1996. In 1999 he was appointed as an associate professor and in 2003 received full professorship. Between the years 2002-2005 he was the head of the engineering and computer science school at the Hebrew University.[3] Shashua currently holds the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University.[4] Over the years, Shashua has published over 100 papers in the field of machine learning and computational vision.

His work includes early visual processing of saliency and grouping mechanisms, visual recognition and learning, image synthesis for animation and graphics, theory of computer vision in the areas of multiple-view geometry and multi-view tensors, multilinear algebraic systems in Vision and Learning and primal/dual optimization for approximate inference in MRF and Graphical models and since 2014 on deep layered networks.

Awards and recognition[edit]

His work on multiple-view geometry received the "best paper award" at ECCV'2000 and the Honorable Mention to the MARR Prize in ICCV'2001. His work on graphical models has received a "Best Paper" award category at UAI'2008. Amnon Shashua received the first prize of the 2004 Kaye Innovation award, and the 2005 Landau Award for Science and Research in the area of exact sciences - Robotics. Since 2007 he became the incumbent of the newly formed Sachs chair in computer science.

Business career[edit]

In 1995 he founded CogniTens, which was sold to Hexagon AB in 2007.[5] In 1999, Shashua co-founded Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY) and currently serves as CEO and CTO. Mobileye is a company that develops systems-on-chip and computer vision algorithms for detecting pedestrians, vehicles, traffic signs, lanes and more for driving assistance systems. Mobileye is also developing autonomous driving technology.[6] On August 1, 2014 Mobileye launched its IPO on the NYSE which was the biggest Israeli IPO ever in the US raising approximately $1B at a market cap of $5.3B.[7]

On March 13, 2017 Mobileye and Intel announced the intent for Intel to acquire Mobileye for $15.3B and the deal was closed on August 8, 2017. This was the largest acquisition of an Israeli tech company in history. On Israeli Independence Day 2017, Shashua was chosen for one of the highest honors in Israeli society, to light a torch at the national ceremony on Mt. Herzl.

The committee which selects the torch-lighters decided to honor him for his contribution to the development of cutting edge technology which assists in the reduction of road accidents and assistance to the visually impaired.

In 2010, Shashua co-founded OrCam, an Israeli company which launched an assistive device for the visually impaired based on computer vision capabilities.[8]


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