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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:34

Kliger, Doron

Doron Kliger is a Faculty Member at the Department of Economics, the University of Haifa, Israel. While at the US, he has been associated with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Kliger is the Chair of the department and serves as an Academic Member of the Israel Association of Actuaries (IAA). He also serves as a consultant in economics, finance and accounting issues. Kliger's past employment included auditing and reviewing professional material at the Kesselman & Kesselman (PricewaterhouseCoopers Israel) CPA office.

Kliger's research domain, concisely defined, is microeconomics and finance, focusing on behavioral economics (BE), most prominently, behavioral aspects of decision making. The goal of his agenda is exploring actual decision making, i.e., linking the body of knowledge accomplished at the lab to real life situations. For that purpose, Kliger's research employs real data, with attention to field- and natural-experiments.

Psychological processes, heuristics, and biases play key stage in BE. Doron Kliger's research, therefore, dedicates attention to their empirical investigation, e.g., priming effects; reliance on past performance and reference points; projection bias; overconfidence; availability heuristic; Attribution Theory; and Cumulative Prospect Theory.

University of Haifa

Social Science group

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:35

Kliot, Nurit

Nurit Kliot (University of Haifa) – Social Science

I am a geographer who study in areas which need interdisciplinary analysis (based on sociology political science and Geography) In recent years I studied broadly water resources management in the world and in Israel especially their miss management and abuse. Climate change  and its impact on  water resources and its effects on  human population is my current  research. I have written some 100  articles and chapters and authored and edited 12 books in my various research areas.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:37

Kutten, Shay

Shay Kutten (Technion) - Engineering, Technology and Planning

Shay Kutten received his Master degree (on "scheduling of radio broadcasts", receiving the Gutwirth Fellowship) and his PhD ("on distributed network algorithms", receiving the fellowship of the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Communication in Israel) in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel, in 1984 and 1987 respectively. From 1987 to 2000 he was with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, as a post doctoral fellow, as a project leader, as the manager of the Network Architecture and Algorithms group and of Distributed Systems Security, and as a Research Staff Member. He led the network security project which developed the security architecture for several IBM products, and developed algorithms for network control, security, and distributed processing control, that were later used in IBM's products. He received (in 1993) the IBM Corporation Outstanding Innovation Award (OIA) for his work on distributed control protocols that were basis to the distributed control of IBM Broad Band Networking Services architecture, NBBS. In 1994 he received the IBM Outstanding Innovation Award (OIA) for his work on authentication protocols and his contributions to IBM's network security and NetSP (by itself an award winning product). The same authentication protocols influenced the later development of the Internet payment protocol, so IBM had to grant a no-fee license, so that the Internet can adopt this payment protocol. Prof. Kutten also contributed to the theory of distributed computing, mostly by introducing new theoretical subjects, many of them inspired by his work on practical issues, and by giving well founded solutions to practical problems. At the Technion he was the head of the Information Systems area of the Davidson Faculty of IE&M and the coordinator of undergraduate studies of the faculty of IE&M. He won the Taub Award for excellence in research, and the Mitchner Award for research on Quality Sciences and Quality Management. He is an area editor (for security, reliability, and availability) of the ACM's journal on Selected Topics in Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET). He was also a member of the editorial board of the ACM's Wireless Networks and of the Elsevier journal Computer Networks. He served on program committees for several conferences and workshops, was the chair of the program committee of the 1998 DISC conference and of the ACM PODC'04 conference, was awarded several additional awards and research grants, and published extensively in scientific journals and in .refereed conferences. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of ACM-SIGACT . 

In recen years he has been generalizing his research to networks beyond computer networks, for example, to communication networks, electricity networks, etc. The idea is to study fault tolerance, fault recovery, and network design for complex collections of networks that compose a smart city, or even a smart world. He received a grant from the ministry of science, together with the Japanese equivalent of the ministry, to cooperate with Japanese researchers on the ways such networks can cope with disasters and attacks.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:37

Lavi, Ron

Ron Lavi (Technion) - Engineering, Technology and Planning

Ron Lavi is an associate professor at Technion’s faculty of industrial engineering and management. He has a PhD in computer science from the Hebrew University. He joined the Technion in 2006 after completing a two-year post-doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology. His research expertise is in Algorithmic Game Theory, a developing discipline on the border of computer science, economics, and game theory. His research studies algorithmic aspects in the design of networks for selfish users (e.g., the design of networks for rescue and evacuation), and the design of economic mechanisms for efficient resource allocation (e.g., when scarce resources are needed to be allocated in the best possible way in times of distress). Prof. Lavi was a consultant to Google, Microsoft research, and Yahoo! Labs.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:38

Levi, Leon

Leon Levi (Rambam Health Care Campus) – Public Health and Emergency Medicine

Dr Levi has vast experience from the military to the civilian organization of hospital care. He had few pivotal publications regarding the ways to measure and explores possible scenarios of the main hospital in our region towards better preparation and conduction of emergency tasks. He is one of RMC experts regarding the mission of preparation protocols along with team simulation drills. The audit of emergency services as shown by daily incidents and conducting negotiations with other experts about this complex mission of emergency preparedness.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:40

Levine, Hagai

Hagai Levine (Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center) – Public Health and Emergency Medicine; Public Policy

A public health physician and epidemiologist, heading the environmental health track of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Public Health with experience in  both the academic and practical components of disaster and emergency preparedness. Assistant professor at the Hebrew University and adjunct assistant professor at Mount Sinai, New York.  He authored 70 peer-review publications and his area of research includes public health perspective on preparedness and mitigation of environmental disasters as well as of epidemics and pandemics. He has practical experience on public health in disasters and emergencies as well as communication with the public from his past current roles in the IDF (Head of Epidemiology Section), Ministry of Health and, and as the Secretary of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians. Dr. Levine trained Israeli and international teams on the epidemiological and public health aspects of emergency preparedness. 


[1] Also in Public Policy group

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:41

Linn, Shai

Shai Linn (University  of Haifa) – Public Health and Emergency Medicine Group head

Full Professor, University of Haifa, Israel. Physician and epidemiologist. Two medical specialties: Public Health and Health Management. Received M.D degree from Hebrew University, MPH and Dr.PH both from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Deputy Medical Director of the Rambam Hospital (1982-1985) and  head of the Unit of Epidemiology (1993-2010)  and  head of medical informatics at the Technion in various capacities.  Served as a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (USA). Received a  grant from the well known MacArthur Foundation, Social Science Research Council  for studying the Human  Cost of War injuries (1990-1992).  Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina (USA) (1986) and the University of British Columbia, Canada (1990-1992). Consultant at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics in Maryland, USA (1985-1986) and to the World Bank (1998) and the AIDS Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2000). Epidemiologist of the Israel Transplant Center (1999). Member of several Israel National Medical Councils.  Founder and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Technion (1992-1999). Founder and Chair of the Department of Public Health at the University of Haifa (2003-2007). Dean of the Faculty for Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa (2010-2016). Published extensively in leading journals, instructor of 67 students for higher degrees.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:43

Lynn, Barry

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Earth Sciences Department

My research interests have changed over time.  I have investigated the effect of predicted climate change on (future) local weather (using “dynamical downscaling”), the effect of climate change on the intensity of tropical storms, the impact of air pollution (and dust) on tropical and severe storms, and initial conditions and grid-spacing on winterstorm prediction. More recently, my emphasis has turned from research to applications of research ideas.  My emphasis is on using numerical models to improve weather forecasts for the purpose of saving lives and reducing risk to infrastructure.  This involves using high-resolution data sets (such as lightning data) to improve forecasts that can offer advanced warning beyond what is seen by radar or satellite.  In addition, we operated the first fully coupled wildfire atmospheric model (“WRF-SFIRE), which was designed to more accurately forecast wildfire movement and wildfire line intensity. Moreover, because the wildfire model is coupled with the atmospheric model, WRF-SFIRE can predict changes in wildfire intensity (“blowup” or “firestorms”) occurring because of the interaction between the heat of the fire line and the circulation along it.


Lynn, B. H., L. Druyan, C. Hogrefe, J. Dudhia, C. Rosenzweig, R. Goldberg , D. Rind, R. Healy, J. Rosenthal, and P. Kinney, 2004: On the sensitivity of present and future surface temperatures to precipitation characteristics.  Climate Research,  28, 53-65.

Lynn  B. H. A. Khain, J. Dudhia, D. Rosenfeld, A.  Pokrovsky, and A. Seifert, 2005: Spectral (bin) microphysics coupled with a mesoscale model (MM5).  Part 1. Model description and first results. Mon. Wea.  Rev. 133, 44-58.

Lynn, B. H., R. Healy, and L. Druyan, 2007: An analysis of the potential for extreme temperature change based on observations and model simulations.  Journal of Climate20, 1534-1554.

Lynn, B. H., R. Healy, and L M. Druyan, 2009: Investigation of ‘Hurricane Katrina’ characteristics for future, warmer climates, Climate Research39:75-86.

Lynn, B. H., T. N. Carlson, and C. Rosenzweig, R. Goldberg, L. Druyan, J. Cox, S. Gaffen, L. Parshall, and K. Civerola, 2009: A Modification to the NOAH LSM to simulate Heat Mitigation Strategies in the New York City Metropolitan Area, J. Applied. Meteorolology and Climatology48, No. 2. 199–216.

Lynn, B. H., C. Rosenzweig ,,, R. Goldberg,, D. Rind, C. Hogrefe,  L, Druyan, R. Healy, J. Dudhia (C), J. Rosenthal, and P. Kinney, 2010: Testing GISS-MM5 physics configurations for use in regional impacts studies, Climatic Change, 10.1007/s10584-009-9729-5

  1. J. Mandel, S. Amram, J. D. Beezley, G. Kelman, A. K. Kochanski, V. Y. Kondratenko, B. H. Lynn, B. Regev, M. Vejmelka, 2014. Recent advances and applications of WRF–SFIRE. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 14, 2829-2845, 2014, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-2829-2014Special Issue Numerical wildland combustion, from the flame to the atmosphereNumerical Wildfires, Cargèse, France, May 13–18, 2013.

Lynn, B. H., Y. Y., Price C., Kelman, G., A. Clark, and G. Kelman, 2012: Predicting Cloud-to-Ground and Intracloud Lightning in Weather Forecast Models. Weather and Forecasting, 27, 1470–1488.

Lynn, B.  G. Kelman, G. Ellrod, 2015: An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Using Observed Lightning to Improve Convective Lightning Forecasts, Weather and Forecasting, 30, 405–423.

Lynn, B. H, 2017: The Usefulness and Economic Value of Total Lightning Forecasts made with a "Dynamic" Lightning Scheme coupled with Lightning Data Assimilation. Weather and Forecasting.  32, 645-663.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:44

Mizrahi, Shlomo

Shlomo Mizrahi (University of Haifa) – Social Science; Public Policy

I teach and research in various areas emphasizing integrations between fields and sub-fields. I integrate a variety of research methods such as formal modeling, operational research, qualitative analysis and statistical methods. I research in the area of safety management where I have led a project related to the costs of industrial accidents with the finance of the Manof foundation. I also designed a policy program in the area of safety management in the workplace.

Research Interests: public policy, public sector and New Public Management (NPM), performance management, political behavior, the welfare state, regulation and privatization, public choice and game theory, collective action and interest groups, institutional change, bargaining and conflict resolution.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 05:45

Negev, Maya

Maya Negev

Maya Negev (University  of Haifa) – Public Health and Emergency Medicine

Maya Negev is a faculty member in the School of Public Health, University of Haifa. Her PhD in Environmental Studies at Ben Gurion University focused on health impact assessment in the case study of a hazardous industry site. She was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, where she worked on health impact assessment, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she worked on adaptation to climate change in the public health sector in England. In 2011-2014 she was the head of environmental policy at the Hartog School of Government and Policy, Tel Aviv University. Maya’s research focuses on health aspects of adaptation to climate change, chemicals in consumer products, and the science-policy interface. Her research was published in leading journals including Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Research, Public Health and Natural Hazards.

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