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Ori is an algorithm researcher in the AI team of Medtronic Yokneam center, where she contributes to the development of PilCam Genius - a cutting edge tool that saves lives. Ori works in the fields of Computer Vision, ML and classical Image Processing.
She has over 20 years of experience in algorithm development working at Elbit, IBM research lab, Rafael, and more.
She holds an M.Sc. in optimization from the Technion IIT and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Hebrew University.
Ori feels very lucky that her every day job feels like a hobby.
In her spare time, Ori enjoys detective stories, math puzzles and long walks with her dog.

Ori Ben-Yitzhak

Algorithm Researcher
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English, Hebrew
Kiryat Tivon, Israel
Can also give an online talk/webinar


Why AI - The Journey From Naive Techniques to Current Deep Learning

Data / AI / ML

We wanted the computers to understand "what's in the picture" since we had computers and digital images.

The story of reaching this goal is the story of letting go. It is the story of giving up the position of the strict teachers to mere supporters of the learning process.
In this talk, Ori is going to tell this story from a bird's eye view, using her over 20 years of experience beginning as an image-processing and later becoming computer-vision algorithm researcher.

Ori is going to talk about how we started up with writing rules and heuristics, and how we progressed to machine optimization models over features we hand-crafted. Then she will show how in current deep learning we let the machine find the features as well.
She will conclude by asking what’s the next step forward.

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