I am a Lecturer (assistant professor) at the Software and Information Systems Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University, Israel. My research focuses on software engineering and evolutionary algorithms, particularly on a context-based scenario language for IoT and learning strategies for behavioral programming.
I have received my academic degrees from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, all in Computer Science. My graduate work introduced a novel methodology for learning heuristics for combinatorial domains using evolutionary algorithms. My postdoctoral was in David Harel’s lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science. My work focused on developing a context-based scenario language for modeling reactive systems.
I have won the I-CORE in Algorithms Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), an IEEE Outstanding Paper Award, several university awards for excellence in research — including two Dean’s List awards (Ben-Gurion University, 2014; Weizmann Institute of Science, 2016), and three HUMIE Awards — Human-Competitive Results Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (Gold, 2013; Gold, 2011; Bronze, 2009).