At the Forefront of Research and Development
The idea of robots organizing our homes still sounds like a scene from a science fiction movie;yet in the real world, not long from now, robots of this type are expected to be part of everyday life. These developments are just a small part of a wide range of accelerated activities in the areas of robotics, intelligent video systems and computational medicine, which in recent decaded have become the leading areas of R&D in industry and in security organizations.
The School of Computer Science at the College of Management Academic Studies, which maintains close contact with the industry, operates its own advanced research laboratories in the fields of robotics, computational medicine, intelligent video systems, communications systems, cyber security and big data in order to remain at the forefront of research and development and to provide the best professional training to its students.
Dr. Yehuda Elmaliah, Dean of the school of Computer Science and Director of the Institute for Research and Development of Intelligent Robotic Systems, explains that developers are working on advanced software and algorithms in these labs whether it is the development of intelligent robotic systems, or monitoring life saving medical systems and provide students with the best possibilities to explore and develop innovative systems that will benefit them later in their careers.
"The importance for us is to combine theory and practice," says Dr. Elmaliah. "We place special emphasis on encouraging entrepreneurship and original thinking among students which are milestones for encouraging excellence".
A range of experiences
The research and development labs in the school provide a wide range of practice and learning possibilities, and include the following institutes:
• The Institute for Research and Development of Intelligent Robotic Systems, headed by Dr. Yehuda Elmaliah
The focus is on developing intelligence for mobile robots. There are more than ten robots of different types in the institute. Students practice operating them by applying algorithms that they develop as part of the robotics course and the final project.
• The Institute for Research and Development of Intelligent Video Systems, headed by Prof. Shmuel Itzikovich
Research and development in this institute focuses on automated analysis of video content, primarily for security and safety purposes. The institute’s core activity is research and development projects for manufacturing companies in Israel and abroad conducted by faculty, students and graduates of the school.
• The Institute for Research and Development of Computer Communication Systems, headed by Dr. Amit Dvir
The Institute develops advanced computer networks that interface with multimedia system. It specializes in developing algorithms for mobile and wireless networks, in close collaboration with leading industrial companies and research institutions in Israel and abroad.
• The Institute for Research and Development of Process Intelligence and Computational Medicine, headed by Dr. Rafael Barchan
The Computational Medicine Institute develops innovative algorithms related to medical content in combination with advanced computational models.
• The Laboratory for Cyber Security Research, headed by Nathaniel Gelerenter
The laboratory provides the most innovative equipment for research and development of advanced security systems. It serves the students to advance research in the field and for building their final projects in collaboration with external companies and security agencies.
• The Big Data Laboratory
One of the greatest challenges in the technology world is data management and data mining . Big data provides computational tools designed to deal with a critical mass of information. The Big Data Lab of the School of Computer Science serves the needs of teaching and research, and includes a dedicated server that allows development and testing of algorithms for analysis of large data caches.
The Robotic Guide Dog
According to Dr. Elmaliah, the school has recently begun cooperation with security organizations, especially in the fields of intelligent video systems and robotics. "The study subjects were video processing context," he explains. “For example, monitoring of infiltration from the sea to the beach. At sea, there is constant motion, and the system must be able to extract vibrations. "
"But we are not dealing only with security," qualifies Dr. Elmaliah. "I am conducting an interesting project this year, developing a robot guide dog for the blind. We are now analyzing the data of the dog's skills. We realized that a guide dog, trained as it may be, recognizes only a limited number of routes and cannot alert about obstacles which actually emphasizes the advantage of the robotic guide dog which will detect obstacles or provide selected routes."
According to Dr. Elmaliah, in the near future, every person will have a robot adapted to the home environment. These robots will do all household chores, replace the home alarm system and help us when we are in need. “We see significant investment in the field of robotics that will serve domestic needs. I believe that the future of this field may evolve and change our lives forever," concludes Dr. Elmaliah.