Dr. Ya'akov (Kobi) Gal is a faculty member of the Department of 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’ understanding of students’ learning strategies. He has published over 40 papers in highly refereed venues on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the learning and cognitive sciences. He is a 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.

Kobi Gal