Bar Ilan University
2010 Laureates of Emet Prize
In Category: Exact Sciences
In Field: Computer Science
Prof. Sarit Kraus born in Jerusalem in 1960 and raised in Haifa.
She obtained her degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem: her B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science (1982), and her M.Sc. (1983) and Ph.D. (1989) in computer science under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Lehmann. Upon completing her Ph.D. she spent two years at the University of Maryland College Park as a postdoctoral fellow. Currently, she is a proffesor in the Department of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. Additionally, she is a research member of the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.
Her studies deal with the development of intelligent computer systems focusing on broad aspects of decentralized design, including negotiation and cooperation between and within computerized systems and with human beings, autonomous agents, multi-robot and multi-team security, multiagent systems, learning, planning and advancing mechanisms that utilize markets and voting.
She is one of the first researchers to integrate game theory methods in artificial intelligence. She opened a new area of research, whereby computerized agents are developed and are able to negotiate vis-à-vis people. One of her other contributions is the introduction of the dimension of individualism into the field of multiagent systems, which has led to a breakthrough in the development of co-operative computerized systems. With her research team she has developed intelligent algorithms with the ability to de-routinize and currently she is developing systems that will attempt to offer solutions for training and supporting people in negotiation. Her studies have produced applied systems, inter alia a security system at the Los Angeles airport. The results of her studies have been published in two books and in over 270 articles.
Throughout her work Prof. Sarit Kraus has been awarded many prizes and professional distinctions, including an award for research excellence in the field of autonomous agents and the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award for recognizing outstanding young scientists in artificial intelligence. She is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI). In 2010 she was named Emunah’s “Woman of the Year”.