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Trans-disciplinary Innovation International Program 2017, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Publish Date: Nov 11, 2016

Deadline: Feb 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jun 25, 2017 12:00 to Aug 17, 2017 12:00


The Trans-disciplinary Innovation Program (TIP) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a cutting edge international platform for top fellows. The academic program weaves together computer vision, big-data/cyber and bioengineering as well as provides an unprecedented opportunity to personally interact with Nobel Laureates, work in heterogeneous teams under the mentorship of leading scientists and entrepreneurs, and learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship in the startup nation.

TIP brings together entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers from around the world for the purpose of teaching innovation through a trans-disciplinary approach.

TIP exposes participants to a culture of innovation and exploration through world-class curriculum and mentorship, hands-on training workshops, interactive group discussions with experienced angel investors and VCs, behind-the-scenes tours at emerging startups and onsite visits at major technology companies and, as part of a final project, an opportunity to pitch ideas to a panel of investors.

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and university course credits, which can be count toward the one year international MBA program of the Hebrew University in entrepreneurship and innovation. Graduates will also gain access to the entrepreneurial resources of HUstart - the Hebrew University entrepreneurship center.

The Program In Detail

5 weeks

Trans-disciplinary education in computer vision, big-data/cyber bioengineering/biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

Computer Vision

Focusing on robotics (humanoid robotics, intelligent cameras, target recognition, visual inspection, content based image retrieval, mobile localization-mapping-mobility, machine learning, contextual image classification), virtual worlds and augmented reality (image-based modeling and rendering, visual sensor network, physical computing, motion caption, 3D interfaces), and applications in home, transportation, security, Internet, entertainment, space, sports and medical diagnostics. We will also explore research in which computer vision intersects with human-computer interaction, video processing, display technology, projector-camera systems, computational cinematography and medical imaging (rapid imaging modalities, functional brain imaging/scanning and point-of-care medical diagnostics). We will discuss future development, uncertainties concerning when computers will match various capabilities of the human brain.


Focusing on: applications and implementation of methods in information sciences in various fields:  from machine learning and computational biology to cloud computing. We will explore unstructured data, data to knowledge paradigms, network-attached storage, real time data analytics, encrypted search, quantum information and connections to quantum computing, and usage in areas such as: nuclear research, sensor data, social media, and data warehouse augmentation. We will discuss application in genomics, connectomics, simulations, meteorology, environmental research, customer targeting, business and performance optimization, security and law enforcement, optimization of cities and countries (smart cities)  and financial trading.


Focusing on three areas: medical devices; agriculture and animal technology; genome technologies and personalized medicine. We will explore: genomics and proteomics; microfluidics and single-molecule technologies; ultra-rapid, low-cost gene sequencing, statistical and computational extrapolations of large biological databases; 4P medicine: personalized, predictive, preventative, participatory; high-speed, full-genome, consumer-based sequencing; personal SNP analysis and ethics; Intelligent design: ultra-rapid, low-cost DNA writing; selective gene manipulation/substitution; plant and food engineering; ethics of germline modification and RNA interference); We will discuss the future of biomedicine, neuroscience, and human enhancement and its impacts on human health and performance in six areas: Stem cells, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, biomaterials, artificial organs and targeted therapies (minimally invasive medical devices, robotic surgery, designer drugs, and identification & targeting of cancer stem cells).


Combining new ventures theory and practice, we will explore the process of new venturing, starting from understanding what is innovation and how should we create new ideas to meet real market needs, going through the research process of the market and the industry, including costumer definition and validation, and the exploration of existing solutions. We will also deal with: solution screening techniques and models, writing business plans, defending entrepreneur' intellectual property rights, choosing the right investors at different stages of the new venture,  and presenting the new venture story in a compelling way. We will discuss team dynamics and culture issues, what is sustainable competitive advantage and how can new ventures achieve it, as well as the programs that the Israeli government, academia, and corporates offer to support new ventures.

1 week

Inspiration week - special themes on space sciences and design

Special week with focus on space sciences and industrial design. This week will feature NASA astronut and experts from the Israeli space industry and from Bezalel School of Design.

2 weeks

Team projects

As the summer progresses, smaller teams will begin to form around common interests in order to address specific challenges, using tools acquired during the summer. The team project is the centerpiece of the curriculum where students face challenging, interdisciplinary, and real world problems. At the end of the 10 week summer session, students will present their results before a panel of individuals composed of representatives from the private and public sectors.

They will also launch a website and other deliverables to serve as a Launchpad for practical solutions and continued international dialogue related to various aspects of the problem. During the team project phase, several mentors will support their efforts, both logistically and professionally. In addition, a limited budget will be available for each team. At the end of the team project phase, and before the program's final event and competition, each team will file a provisional patent application.

Final Event

Presentation and match making

Projects Presentation

Participants will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and representatives of accelerators and incubators. This event will be dedicated to matching teams and potential investors.

Before submitting your application to the program please note that:

  • Everyone is welcome to apply, regardless of financial status, formal education, gender, citizenship, etc.
  • Participants will be chosen by a selection committee according to their leadership skills, professional experience and future plans  as described in the application form. 
  • Tuition for the program is: $5,500 (to be paid upon acceptance)
    • Tuition includes TIP core program, site visits, lunch, insurance, etc.
    • Generally, participants need to arrange their own accomodation, however: 
      • TIP can arrange housing on campus for $1,800 (early registration is required)
  • Tuition does not include travel expenses 
  • A limited number of partial to full scholarships are available. If you are planning to apply for a scholarship, early registration is required
  • For the summer of 2017, 25 students will be accepted to the program

Important Dates

Application open: November 1st, 2016

Early registration deadline: Febuary 1st, 2017

Early acceptance notifications: Febuary 15th, 2017

Final registration deadline: April 25, 2017

Final acceptance notifications: April 30, 2017

Program dates: June 25, 2017 - August 17, 2017

How To Apply?

To participate in the program You have to apply online via original web page.

For more information please click on "Further official information" below.

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