Education & Early Career
Yehoshua (Josh) Y. Zeevi received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion ― Israel Institute of Technology, his M.Sc. from the University of Rochester N.Y., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. While he was a student at the Technion he pursued his bio electronics related research under the direction of Professor Franz Ollendorff.
He was a Guest Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. From 1972 until his return to Israel in 1975 he was a Vinton Hayes Fellow at the Division of Applied Sciences of Harvard University and continued to be a regular visitor there for over twenty years. Simultaneously he was a Fellow-at-large at the MIT-NRP program until 1974.
Career & Research
Upon his return to the Technion he established the multidisciplinary field and research center devoted to Vision and Image Sciences. He pursued his research interests in biological and computer vision, neural networks, image processing and recognition algorithms that mimic biological vision and large scale image tracking and clustering.
He later founded the Technion Ollendorff Minerva Center dedicated to this field of research, and in 1988 he became the incumbent of the Norman and Barbara Seiden Chair in Computer Sciences in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He was a Visiting Professor at MIT on a joint appointment with Harvard University (1980-1982), Rutgers and Harvard Universities (1989-1991), and Columbia University (2001-2003) where he continues to maintain his affiliation. He was also a visitor at various universities and research centers, including a Senior Visiting Scientist at the NTT Research Labs in Japan, and SCEEE-AFOSR Fellow at the USA Flight Simulators Center, on a joint appointment with MIT.
He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (1994-1999), during which time he led the department through its greatest period of growth in number of students and in the field of computer engineering. The department then became known as the incubator of the Israeli Startup Nation. He then founded, and later served as the head of, the Jacobs Center for Communication and Information Technologies (CCIT).
Prof. Zeevi’s career combined significant contributions to academia, high-tech industry and academic public service. He has served on various Technion, national and international committees, including being a member of the Technion Board of Governors and Council (1993-1996; 1999-2001; 2004-2008), the Technion R&D Foundation (1986-1989; 1999-2001), Board of Bicora (“First”) Foundation, Clore Scholars Programme, Rashi Foundation Forum, member and chairman of various committees of the Israel Council for Higher Education, executive committee of the Technion 100 Club, and a Vice Chairman of the general assembly of Academia Rodinesis (Stockholm, 1988-2008).
Publications & Awards
As an academician and educator, he authored or co-authored over 450 journal and conference publications and technical reports, and supervised over 80 dissertations. He is a Fellow of the Rodin Academy and of the SPIE.
In 1983 he received the Klein Research Award, in 1993 the Herschel Rich Technion Innovation Award, in 2003 the Taub Prize for Excellence in Research, and in 2015 the Elsevier Award of Excellence. Prof. Zeevi is the co-inventor of over 100 patents and patent applications.
His work on automatic gain control in vision and on super-resolution led to the development by i Sight of the Adaptive Sensitivity Camera that mimics the eye in its high dynamic range. In addition to co-founding i Sight, his technological and entrepreneurial activities included also the co-founding of Ultraguide, CByond, CrossID and LCB. He is a co-founder of Cortica Ltd .; a provider of its innovative Image2Text technology and search-by-content services over the internet and mobile networks.
Yehoshua Y. Zeevi serves as Chief Scientist and member of the board of Cortica. He is the co-founder and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation published by Elsevier, and the co-editor of three books.