Prof. Amnon Shashua
President & CEO, Mobileye and Senior VP, 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 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. Shashua currently has held the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University since 2007. Over the years, he has published over 100 papers in the field of machine learning and computational vision.
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. In 1995 Shashua founded CogniTens, which was sold to Hexagon AB in 2007. In 1999, Shashua co-founded Mobileye and currently serves as Senior Vice President at Intel Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mobileye, an Intel company. 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. 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.
In 2010, Shashua co-founded OrCam, an Israeli company which launched an assistive device for the visually impaired based on computer vision capabilities.
On March 13, 2017 Mobileye and Intel announced the intent for Intel to acquire Mobileye for $15.3 billion. The deal, which was closed on August 8, 2017, was the largest acquisition of an Israeli tech company to date.