State-of-the-art center for innovation laboratories in Tel Aviv

Hub launched by Israeli university will increasingly engage with industry veterans to develop solutions to real-world problems

Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, abbreviated TAU, is the largest public university in Israel
Tel Aviv University, abbreviated TAU, is the largest public university in Israel

Tel Aviv University has launched an important and unprecedented "aggregation" center for innovation laboratories.
It will literally join forces with private industry with one goal in mind: to advance society innovative research that has real potential for applicability within 3 to 7 years from the time the study begins.
In an initial phase, the center will include six and then nine laboratories, but more location of innovation they are already in the process of imagining, launching and building.
The purpose of TAU Innovation Labs in Israel is to adjust your search to the real and concrete needs of society, industry and public institutions.

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Tel Aviv: Dr. Goren Gordon in the Curiosity Laboratory of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Engineering
In the Curiosity Laboratory of Dr. Goren Gordon of the Engineering Faculty of Tel Aviv University, the development of artificial curiosity algorithms, their implementation in “curious” robots as well as the development of mathematical model-based curiosity assessment tools are studied
(Photo: Tel Aviv University)

Research in consultation with industry experts and solutions within a few years

For the first time in academia Israeli, the choice of research topics will take place in consultation with industry and public bodies (for example, hospitals) who will present the needs in the field to the laboratory managers, who will try to provide an scientific solution and complete innovation within a few years.
For example, if the industry describes a request to develop one photographic technology unique for medical diagnosis purposes, or has the need to monitor offensive content in information transmitted online, the researchers will try to provide an appropriate solution based on unique methods of artificial intelligence.
The model of this applied research is different from the traditional one basic research, which focuses on the interests of the researcher, without necessarily thinking about the immediate needs.
At the same time though, if the center focuses on the applied aspect of the research, this will not detract from the outstanding basic research taking place at the university.
These theoretical studies have been and will remain the core of the scientific research of the university.
Furthermore, members of the departments of the new center will continue to be an integral part of their "mother" faculties.

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Tel Aviv: the map of the Tel Aviv University campus in Israel
The map of the Tel Aviv University campus in Israel

Focus on internationality, multidisciplinarity and high intensity of knowledge

In its multi-year vision, theTel Aviv University defined three main elements: the strengthening of his international component, the encouragement of multidisciplinarity and the strengthening of relations with the knowledge-intensive industry and society.
Against this backdrop, the new center will promote the university's vision and serve as a conduit through which these three axes will flow.
Unlike the basic research, which traditionally focuses on a single discipline, TAU Innovation Labs research will bring together experts from a broad range of disciplines.
The Laboratory of Automated Justice, for example, will deal with areas in which the market and the academic world rarely engage, such as systems for improving democracy, managing fake news and the relationship between the Government and citizens throughTel Aviv University.
This lab will host people from a variety of disciplines, including legal scholars, psychologists, computer engineers, media specialists, political scientists, smart city researchers, and designers.
As mentioned, a multidisciplinary approach is required here too and the Research will have a potential applicability within a mandatory period of 3-7 years.

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Tel Aviv: David Mendlovic is Professor of the School of Electrical Engineering of the “Iby and Aladar Fleischman” Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University
David Mendlovic is Professor of the School of Electrical Engineering of the Tel Aviv University's Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering

David Mendlovic: “A unique commercial and financing model”

“This unique center redefines the interface between academia and industry”, says the director of the Center, Professor David Mendlović of the Fleischman Faculty of Engineering.
“Academic freedom to create and innovate, on the one hand, and the desire for research that has concrete applicability, on the other, have resulted in a center that brings together innovation labs addressing a variety of topics and actors such as industry, hospitals and government agencies”.
And yet: “Our unique business and funding model and our selection of unconventional innovation labs are leading to close engagement of the centre's partners, who will pass on academic innovation to those who implement it. I am proud to be part of a university responsible for such an initiative”.

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In Israel an unconventional approach to intellectual property rights

TAU Innovation Labs' financial approach is based on industry taking on a significant portion of the financing of research, in a format that requires membership in a "club" that grants product development rights.
The center also applies unconventional thinking regarding property rights.
According to the new model, all actors, including the university, the researchers and the industrial partners will in fact receive the rights to use the research products.
These rights will be granted under a non-exclusive and non-transferable license.
This unique model will accelerate the application of academic innovation to the realm of action and overcome one of the most significant barriers to commercializing valuable academic innovations.

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Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, abbreviated TAU, is the largest public university in Israel
Tel Aviv University, abbreviated TAU, is the largest public university in Israel

Nine laboratories and eleven professors to inaugurate the TAU Innovation Labs

The first structures in the center that will kick off the exciting journey of the TAU Innovation Labs there are nine of them, directed by eleven professors or PhDs.

Digital Medicine Laboratory (Professor Noam Shomron)
Robotic Enhancement Lab (Dr. Goren Gordon)
IN4.0 Urban Planning Workshop (Professor Tali Hatuka)
Computational Economics Lab (Professor Michal Feldman)
Algorithmic Governance Lab (Professor Niva Elkin and Professor Assaf Hamdani)
Act-Play-Game Workshop (Dr. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi)
Computer Graphics Lab (Professor Daniel Cohen Or and Doctor Amit Bermano)
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (Professor Amir Globerson)
Environmental Sustainability Laboratory (Professor Hadas Mamane)

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The corporate presentation video of the Tel Aviv University in Israel (in English)

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Tel Aviv: Dr. Goren Gordon in the Curiosity Laboratory of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Engineering
In the Curiosity Laboratory of Dr. Goren Gordon of the Engineering Faculty of Tel Aviv University, the development of artificial curiosity algorithms, their implementation in “curious” robots as well as the development of mathematical model-based curiosity assessment tools are studied (Photo: Tel Aviv University)