TAU and Google launch a new program to promote research in AI for Sustainability and Education

The new program is led by the center for AI and data science (TAD) at the university, with a financial support of $1M from Google

10 May 2023
TAU and Google launch a new program to promote research in AI for Sustainability and Education
Left to right: Prof. Ariel Porat, Prof. Tova Milo, Dr. Shiri Stempler, Yossi Matias and Prof. Meir Feder. (Photo: Ofra Ron Mazor)

Google and Tel Aviv University are continuing their ongoing collaboration and launched a new program for the promotion of AI and data science research, through the Center for AI and Data Science at TAU (TAD). The new program is focused on AI research for Sustainability and for Education.

The launch event, held on May 1st, included a ceremony to announce the grant and scholarship awardees.


During the opening talks, TAU president, Prof. Ariel Porat, VP Engineering and Research, Google and Head of Google center in Israel, Prof. Yossi Matias, and Head of TAD, Prof. Meir Feder,  spoke about the collaboration.


The faculty members who won the grants presented shortly their proposed projects at the event.


Left to Right (standing): Dr. Arnon Hershkovitz, Education; Prof. Tal Pupko, Life Sciences; Prof. Noa Shenkar, Life Sciences; Prof. Yossi Matias, VP Research, Google and Head of Google Center in Israel; Prof. Meir Feder, Head of TAU Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (TAD); Prof. Hadas Mamane, Engineering; (sitting): Ronit Levavi-Morad, Director, Program Management at Google Research; Offir Inbar, PhD candidate at the Porter School of the Environment; Prof. Vered Blass, Porter School of the Environment; Dr. Deborah Cohen, Senior Scientist at Google Research; and Dr. Shiri Stempler, Director of Research Collaborations at TAD) Photo: Ofra Ron Mazor


Researchers who received grants in the previous TAD-Google collaborative program on "AI for Social Good" reported on advances in their works.


The new collaborative program includes another very important goal of the center – the support of underrepresented groups in the field of AI in academia to promote diversity and inclusive environment. Three students received the TAD-Google excellence scholarships in AI during the ceremony. The students come from the schools of Computer Science, Zoology, and Education.


The program supports also the "ExactShe" mentoring program for female students in the Faculty of Exact Sciences, established by Prof. Tova Milo, Dean at the Faculty of Exact Sciences at TAU.


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