Kira Radinsky Dissertation Defense

First degree in Computer Science at the Technion.

Participated in the Technion Excellence Program: October 2006 – April 2009.

Kira started her studies at the Technion at the age of 15, and has stayed ever since, other than her 3 years-service in the army as a programmer. She started her reserach towards Msc during her graduate school studies. She published a paper in the WI conference, took advanced courses and did some projects.

Kira carried out the research which is now the foundation of her PhD thesis.

The novel task she aimed for was to predict top terms that will prominently appear in the future news.

She presented a novel methodology for using patterns of user queries to predict future events. Query history was obtained from web resources such as Google. In order to predict whether a term will appear in tomorrow’s news, they examined if the terms in today’s queries indicated

this term in the past. They provided empirical support for the effectiveness of our method by showing its prediction power on news archives.

This work resulted in a conference publication.
Kira also had the luxury of doing research in other related fields, such as quantum machine learning and Computational Neuroscience.

Prizes that Kira has won during this period:

2012: Google WWW Grant for Women

2012: Facebook Fellowship Finalist for work in the field of Data Mining, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.

2011: Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenge Award for work in the field of Information Retrieval, Algorithms, and Data Mining

2011: Google WSDM Grant Data Mining Grant for Women

2010: Google SIGIR Grant Information Retrieval Grant for Women
2009: Recipient of the Google Anita Borg Scholarship for 20 Leading Women in Computer Science.
2009: Recipient of excellence in sport prize
2008 :Winner of the CS best project prize
2007: Recipient of the prestigious award honoring innovations in technology

Today (2012): PhD (direct) in Coputer Science at the Technion and is the CTO and co-founder of SalesPredict.

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Kira Radinsky is an Israeli computer scientist who works on technology innovations that can change the way the world approaches and solves humanitarian problems.

Born in Ukraine in the late 1980s, Radinsky immigrated to Israel as a preschooler with her family. She graduated from the Technion’s especially gifted student program, having started studying at the renowned Haifa institution of higher learning at age 15; she went on to earn her PhD at 26.

During the 11 cumulative years she spent working on her advanced degree, Radinsky served in the Israel Defense Forces as an active developer for Firefox, where she developed translators and semantic recommendation systems for the army. She also founded Promisit, a service that provides content management.

After her IDF service, Radinsky spent three years doing research for Microsoft Research Israel in Herzliya.  At Microsoft, Radinsky and Microsoft Research’s head Eric Horvitz built data-mining software configured to predict disasters ranging from disease and epidemic outbreaks, violence, and natural catastrophes.

The promising software has had a 70-90 percent accuracy rate of successfully predicting disasters, based on simulations involving historical phenomena, and data such as newspaper clippings and other online articles and information. MIT’s Technology Review called the predictions made by this new software “as accurate as those made by humans.”

In addition to her academic credentials and research background, Radinsky founded and runs a start-up business called SalesPredict, which uses similar software concepts but distinct algorithms to predict sales. The idea is to help corporations increase revenue by building “a cloud-based application that delivers targeted business-to-business sales intelligence to let sales pros focus on closing deals,” Radinsky said.

In August 2013, MIT listed Radinsky in its thirteenth annual MIT Technology Review list of innovators under age 35, under the inventor category.  “My true passion,” Radinsky told MIT, “is arming humanity with scientific capabilities to automatically anticipate, and ultimately affect, future outcomes based on lessons from the past.”


Sources:
Brian Blum, “The Israeli who can predict the future,” ISRAEL21C (March 18, 2013).
Kira Radinsky, “Kira Radinsky, Ph.D.,” Technion, 2010.
Matthew Kalman, “Innovators Under 35: Kira Radinsky, 27, Inventor,” MIT Technology Review (August 2013).

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