Dr. Michael Fire

Michael is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Software and Information Systems Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), and the founder of the Data Science for Social Good Lab. Michael was the recipient of the Moore/Sloan Data Science Fellowship and the WRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Science at the University of Washington. For excellence in his PhD studies, He won the Kreitman Prize. Michael's main research interests lie in big data, machine learning, social network analysis, and security and privacy. Michael also has gained extensive hands-on experience as a data scientist working for several companies and organizations.

Dima Kagan

Dima has an MSc in Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is an experienced data scientist, software engineer, and a maker. Dima also strongly believes in the idea of open science and data. He has extensive industry experience, and in the past 3 years he has worked as a deputy CTO in C4i. His main research interests are in the fields of complex and social networks.

Aviad Elyashar

Aviad is a researcher at Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has graduated with a BSc and MSc in Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His MSc research focused on infiltrating social network organizations using socialbots. His recent research projects have focused on network analysis with applications for detecting abusers within social networks, fake news, and clickbait detection.

Shay Lapid

Shay has graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is currently an enthusiastic M.Sc. student in Software and Information Systems Engineering, acquiring data science expertise. Shay’s research is centered on the field of data science within craft beer culture.

Nadav Shalit

Nadav has an BSc in Industrial and Management Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a data scientist and an Analyst at Intel. His main research is in the fields of Smart card Transportation