Amnon Shashua

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Amnon Shashua
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Amnon Shashua in 2018
Born (1960-05-26) May 26, 1960 (age 62)
Alma materTel-Aviv University (BS)

Weizmann Institute of Science (MS)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Autonomous vehicles
InstitutionsHebrew University of Jerusalem
ThesisGeometry and photometry in 3D visual recognition (1993)
Doctoral advisorShimon Ullman

Amnon Shashua (Hebrew: אמנון שעשוע; born May 26, 1960) is an Israeli computer scientist and businessman. Shashua is the Sachs Professor of Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the autonomous driving and driver-assistance technology company Mobileye,[1] Co-Founder of the artificial vision devices company OrCam, Founder and Owner of One Zero Digital Bank[2] and Chairman of the artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs.[3]


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[4] 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.



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. From 2002 to 2005 he was the head of the engineering and computer science school at the Hebrew University.[5] Shashua has held the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University since 2007.[6]

Shashua's 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, primal/dual optimization for approximate inference in MRF and Graphical models, and (since 2014) deep layered networks.[citation needed]


In 1995 Shashua founded CogniTens, which was sold to Hexagon AB in 2007.[7] In 1999, Shashua co-founded Mobileye, a company that develops systems-on-chip and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems, as well as autonomous driving technology.[8] On August 1, 2014 Mobileye launched its IPO on the NYSE which was the biggest Israeli IPO ever in the US raising approximately $1 billion at a market cap of $5.3 billion.[9]

In 2010, Shashua co-founded OrCam, an Israeli company which launched an assistive device for the visually impaired based on computer vision capabilities.[10]

In August 2017, Intel acquired Mobileye for approximately $15.3 billion.[11][12] Shashua became a senior vice president at Intel, in addition to his title of President and CEO of Mobileye.

In October 2022, Mobileye went public again, trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with Shashua as its CEO.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Shashua received first prize in the 2004 Kaye Innovation award,[14] and the 2005 Mifal HaPayis Landau Prize for Science and Research in the area of Exact Sciences - Robotics.[15][16]

On Israeli Independence Day 2017, Shashua was chosen to light a torch at the national ceremony on Mt. Herzl.[17]

In 2019 Shashua was recognized by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology as the Electronic Imaging (EI) Scientist of the Year.[18][19]

In 2020 he was awarded the Dan David Prize for his work in Artificial Intelligence.[20][21]

In 2022 he was awarded the Mobility Innovator Award and was inducted into The Automotive Hall of Fame.[22]

In 2023 he was awarded MotorTrend's first Software-Defined Vehicle Innovator (SDVI) Award[23].


  1. ^ "Mobileye | Autonomous Driving & ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)".
  2. ^ "One Zero, Israel's first digital bank, secures full license, opens for business". Israel Hayom. January 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Amnon Shashua's AI21 Labs raises $35m to reinvent writing". Globes. November 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Weizmann Institute of Science".
  5. ^ "The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering". Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  6. ^ "Amnon Shashua - School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - VideoLectures.NET".
  7. ^ Batya Feldman, "Hexagon buys Israeli 3D optics start-up CogniTens," Globes, September 4, 2007.
  8. ^ John Markoff, "At High Speed, on the Road to a Driverless Future," The New York Times, May 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Gabrielle Coppola and Leslie Picker, "Mobileye Raises $890 Million as Largest Israeli IPO in the U.S.," Bloomberg Businessweek, July 31, 2014.
  10. ^ John Markoff, "Device From Israeli Start-Up Gives the Visually Impaired a Way to Read," The New York Times, June 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "Intel acquisition of Mobileye". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  12. ^ CNBC (2017-03-13). "Intel to buy Mobileye for $14 billion to $15 billion: Israeli media report". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  13. ^ "Mobileye Is Once Again a Public Company". Retrieved 2022-10-26.
  14. ^ "Computer technology developed by Hebrew University professor can save lives". EurekAlert! (Press release). Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  15. ^ "האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים - אגף שיווק ותקשורת". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ "קול קורא: פרס מפעל הפיס לאמנויות ולמדעים". March 12, 2018.
  17. ^ "Meet this year's Independence Day torch lighters - Israel News - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  18. ^ "EI Scientist of the Year". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  19. ^ "Start Up Visionaries, VCs, Political Leaders and Cultural Icons: 17 Israelis Who Shaped the Decade". January 1, 2020.
  20. ^ Dan David Prize 2020
  21. ^ "הזוכה הישראלי בפרס דן דוד: פרופ' שעשוע". Israel Hayom. February 2, 2020.
  22. ^ "פרופ' אמנון שעשוע זכה בפרס החדשנות בניידות לשנת 2022". Walla. April 3, 2022.
  23. ^ "Announcing the Winners of the MotorTrend Software-Defined Vehicle Innovator Awards!". MotorTrend. 2023-01-08. Retrieved 2023-02-01.

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