In this episode, three distinguished technologists share their experiences of growing up in Israel, immigrating reluctantly to the US, fighting in wars, and the differences in culture. Three guests include a Gödel Prize winner and Knuth Prize Winner, two ACM Fellows, two AAAI Fellows, two AAAS Fellows, a MacArthur (Genius) Grant winner, and a cancer survivor.
The three superstar distinguished researchers include:
- Moshe Vardi (Professor, Rice University): Gödel Prize, Knuth Prize, AAAI/ACM/IEEE Fellow
- Tal Rabin (Professor, UPenn and Algorand Foundation): #4 Top 22 Women in Tech (Business Insider), ACM/AAAS/IACR Fellow
- Regina Barzilay (Professor, MIT): MacArthur Genius Grant, AAAI Fellow, cancer Survivor, Double Immigrant from Moldova to Israel to the US.
Topics covered in this episode: Kibbutz upbringing, Ancestry, Persecution, Fighting in Israel’s Wars, Language, Culture, Research beginnings that are chance, Computing in the 1960s/70s/80s, surviving cancer, and much more!. Of the three, one was born a US citizen, one was born in Moldova (and is a double-immigrant), and one was born in Israel. One is a cancer survivor.
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