Amnon Shashua is the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is computer vision and machine learning. He has published more than 100 papers in the field of machine learning and computational vision and holds over 45 patents.
Professor Shashua has also founded three start-ups in the fields of computer vision and machine learning. In 1995 he founded CogniTens, which specializes in industrial metrology and is today a division of the Swedish corporation Hexagon. In 1999 he co-founded Mobileye with Ziv Aviram, which develops system-on-chips and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems. He is now developing a platform for autonomous driving, set to be launched in 2021. Today over 30 million cars rely on Mobileye technology to make their vehicles safer.
In August 2014 Mobileye claimed the title for largest Israeli IPO ever, raising $1 billion at a market cap of $5.3 billion. In August 2017 Mobileye became an Intel company in the largest Israeli acquisition deal ever, for a total of $15.3 billion. Today Professor Shashua is the president and CEO of Mobileye and a senior vice president at Intel. In 2010 he co-founded OrCam, which harnesses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist the visually impaired and blind.
In 2019 Shashua was recognized as the Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology for his pivotal contributions to computer vision and machine learning and for advancing autonomous driving and wearable assistive devices for the blind and visually impaired.