Dr. Michael Fire

Michael is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Software and Information Systems Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (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 is a PhD student in Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). He is an experienced data scientist, a software engineer, and a maker. Dima 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. In 2018, Dima won the Kreitman Negev Scholarship. His main research interests are in the fields of big data, machine learning, and social networks.

Aviad Elyashar

Aviad is a researcher and project manager at Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). He graduated with a BSc and MSc in Software and Information Systems Engineering at BGU. His MSc research focused on infiltrating social network organizations using socialbots, as well as privacy within online social networks. In 2016, Aviad won the BGU Information Systems Engineering Department prize for excellence in research. Currently, he is a PhD student at BGU, and in 2018, Aviad was rewarded a Negev scholarship prize. His recent research projects have focused on fake news, clickbait detection, and network analysis with applications for detecting abusers within social networks.