Dr. Ya'akov (Kobi) Gal is a faculty member of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an associate of the  School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.  His work investigates representations and algorithms for making decisions in heterogeneous groups comprising both people and computational agents. He has worked on combining artificial intelligence algorithms with educational technology towards supporting students in their learning and teachers to understand how students learn. He has published over 60 papers in highly refereed venues on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the learning and cognitive sciences.

Gal is the recipient of the Wolf foundation's 2013 Krill prize for young Israeli scientists, a Marie Curie International fellowship, and a three-time recipient of Harvard University's  outstanding teacher award. He has won the best paper at EC 2016 (together with Moshe Mash, Ariel Procaccia and Yair Zick), best student paper at EDM 2014 (with Phd student Avi Segal, Bracha Shapira, and Ziv Katzir).

Kobi Gal