My colaborators

During my career I have worked, collaborated and learned from many people. Here is a list of these individuals who together contributed to the progress of my career.

  • Prof. Jeffrey S. Rosenchein, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. My first steps in AI was taking his Introduction to AI class in 1993. He supervised my M.SC thesis in 1995. I also worked with him on other projets during the years.

  • Prof. Sarit Kraus, Bar-Ilan University. She supervised me in my Ph.D studies. Her door was always open for me during that time. From her I learned the basic principals of working and developing a scientific claim into a fully written scientific paper. She also taught me to always try things and not worry.

  • Prof. Richard E. Korf from UCLA. Although he was not my official supervisor he deeply influenced my Ph.D dissertation. During the entire period of my Ph.D studies he advised me and showed me the paths into the heuristic search field. From him I learned the meaning of excellence in science. I own him a great depth of gratitude and would not have been able to complete my Ph.D in heuristic search without his support.

  • Prof. Alfred Brukstein from the Technion, Haifa Israel. He hosted me for a PosDoc period in 2003. He has shown me the paths into the multi-agent ant robotics field.

  • Prof. Sven Koenig from USC. He hosted me in 2006-2007 as a visiting scholar in his group and again in 2017. From him I learned how to work in teams and how to judge and improve your own papers before submitting them. I also learned from him what it is to be a generous host to other scientists.

  • Prof. Jonathan Schaeffer from the University of Alberta. Together with Prof. Robert Holte they invited me to their department many times during the past years. My career developed by a great deal while working with both of them. Together we have progressed in many joint projects. From Jonathan I learned how to perform true and effective brain storms and how to take ideas into full publications. I also learned from him what is honesty and fairness in scientific behavior towards others.

  • Prof. Robert Holte from the University of Alberta. Rob and collaborated on a very large number of projects during the past years . From him I learned how to put the work into the correct perspective of other works, as well as how to correctly design theory and supporting experimental results.

  • Prof. Nathan Sturtevant from Denver University. I met Nathan in the University of Alberta and have worked with him on many interesting projects. Working with him is very inspiring. We also jointly organized the The Second International Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SOCS-10). Was held on July 9-10, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

  • Dr. Roni Stern. Roni was a Ph.D student under my supervision. He joined our department as afaculty member in October 2013. I am very happy to collaborate with him on many projects.
     

Students

During my career I have had the opportunities to work and supervise many students. Working with each of them was a great pleasure and I have learned from them a lot. Here is a list of my past and previous students.

Ph.D students – current

  • [1] Barak Hagbi: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-GurUniversity): Estimated graduation: 2020

  • [2] Vitali Septenitsky: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurio University): Estimated graduation: 2021

  • [3] Eli Boyarsky: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Officially starts in Summer 2017. Estimated graduation: 2020

  • [4] Dor Atzmon: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Estimated graduation: Summer 2021.

Former Ph.D students (graduated)

  • [5] Guni Sharon: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Optimal solvers for multi-agent path finding” Graduated, September 2015. (Now: PostDoc at University of Austin, Texas.)

  • [6] Zahy Bnaya: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University). Thesis title: “Aspects of the Canadian Traveler’s Problem”. Graduated, September 2014. (Now: PostDoc ay NYU.)

  • [7] Meir Goldenberg (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University). Thesis title: “Enhanced true distance heuristics and their application to various domains”. Graduated, September 2013. (Now on the faculty of Lev Academic Center (formally Macho Lev))

  • [8] Roni Stern: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University). Thesis title “New Settings in Heuristic Search”, Graduated, September 2011. (Now on the faculty of BGU.)

  • [9] Uzi Zahavi: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University). Thesis title: “Duality and inconsistency in search spaces” Ggraduated: June 2009. (Now the head of the research department at Click Software LTD.)
     

M.Sc students – current

  • [1] Gal Dreiman: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Variants of PAC search”. Estimated graduation: Summer 2017.

  • [2] Yossi Cohen: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Finding Longest Simple-Path”. Estimated graduation: Fall 2017.

  • [3] Eshed Shaham: (Computer Science Department, Hebrew University): Thesis title: “Memory-Bounded Bidirectional Heuristic Search”. Estimated graduation: Summer 2018.
     

Former M.Sc students (graduated)

  • [4] Dor Atzmon: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Merging Agents within MA-CBS”. Estimated graduation: Summer 2017.

  • [5] Nir Amar: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “The Closed-list as a Dynamic Obstacle”. Estimated graduation: Summer 2017.

  • [6] Daniel Gilon: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Dynamic Potential Search – a New Bounded Suboptimal Search algorithm”. Estimated graduation: Summer 2017.

  • [7] Eli Boyarsky: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University): Thesis title: “Improved Conflict-based Search for Multi-agent path finding”. (Graduated, March 2016.

  • [8] Vitali Septenitsky: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “To Reopen or not to Reopen”. (Graduated, March 2016).

  • [9] Alon Palombo (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Best-First Bandit Search”. (Graduated, July 2015).

  • [10] Liron Smama (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: “Searching for Profiles in the Web”. (Graduated, July 2014).

  • [11] Max Barrer (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): Thesis title: Suboptimal MAPF algorithms. (Graduated, July 2014).

  • [12] Guni Sharon: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): thesis title: “Multi-agent path finding”. (Graduated, July 2011).

  • [13] Tamar Kulberis: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University): thesis title: “Best-First Search with Lookaheads”. (Graduated, February 2010).

  • [14] Nir Ofek: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University) thesis title: "Multiple goal search and relation to perimeter search”. (Graduated, December 2007).

  • [15] Tal Fadida: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University) thesis title: " Finding cliques in physical graphs”. (Graduated, December 2007).

  • [16] Zahy Bnaya: (Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University) thesis title: " Navigation with combined sensing and travel costs”. (Graduated, January 2008).

  • [17] Uzi Zahavi: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “Duality and inconsistency in search spaces” (Graduated, August 2005).

  • [18] Amir Adler: (Computer Science Department, Technion) thesis title: “Solving the 24 puzzle with pattern databases” (Graduated, July 2005) .

  • [19] Asaf Ben-Yair: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University thesis title: “Generalizing PHA* to different cost requirements” (Graduated, June 2004).

  • [20] Yaron Shoshani: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “MAPHA* with Large Pheromones” (Graduated, Mar 2004).

  • [21] Ram Meshulam: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “Attributes of pattern databases” (Graduated Feb 2004) .

  • [22] Sarit Hanan: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “Solving vertex-cover with heuristic search” (Graduated, Dec 2002).

  • [23] Shimon Pomeransky: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “The manpower collector problem” (Graduated, Nov 2002).

  • [24] Alex Pomeransky: (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “Finding alternatives to best path" (Graduated, Nov 2002) .

  • [25] Roni Stern (Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University) thesis title: “PHA*: Applying A* to physical environment" (Graduated, Aug 2001).

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