Short Bio

Michal Irani is a Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She joined the Weizmann Institute in 1997, where she is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer-Science. Michal's research interests center around Computer-Vision, Image-Processing, Artificial-Intelligence, and Video information analysis. She also works on decoding visual information from Brain activity. Michal received a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the same institution. During 1993-1996 she was a member of the Vision Technologies Laboratory at the Sarnoff Research Center (Princeton).

Michal's prizes and honors include the David Sarnoff Research Center Technical Achievement Award (1994), the Yigal Alon three-year Fellowship for Outstanding Young Scientists (1998), the Morris L. Levinson Prize in Mathematics (2003), the Maria Petrou Prize (awarded by the IAPR) for outstanding contributions to the fields of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (2016), the Landau Prize in Artificial Intelligence (2019), and the Rothschild Prize in Mathematics and Computer Science (2020). She received the ECCV Best Paper Award in 2000 and in 2002, and was awarded the Honorable Mention for the Marr Prize in 2001 and in 2005. In 2017 Michal received the Helmholtz Prize – the “Test of Time Award” (for the paper “Actions as space-time shapes”).

In 2023 Michal was elected member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.