A group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology visited the IBM Haifa Labs recently to learn more about the IBM R&D facility. The students are in Israel as part of Hibur, a program designed to develop ties between the students and faculty of MIT and the Technion.
The MIT representatives were undergraduates and graduate students from a variety of fields of study, including computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, civil engineering, robotics, and engineering systems. While in IBM, the students heard a number of presentations about the Haifa Labs. Ehud Karnin, technical strategist for the IBM Haifa Research Lab, presented an overview of IBM Haifa; Routes-to-Market researcher Amnon Ribak explained the SWOPS workforce management application, developed in Haifa; and Shai Fine, manager of the Verification Solutions and Machine Learning group, summarized the machine learning activities taking place in the IBM Haifa Labs.
Karnin explained that these presentations were selected to give the students an appreciation of the broad scope of work being done in IBM Haifa.
"Here in Haifa, we carry out practical, industry-directed software development, such as SWOPS, alongside mathematics and algorithm research and application, such as that carried out by the machine learning group," he noted. "We wanted to give the students a small peek into the inner workings and diversity of the IBM Haifa Labs."
This is the second year in a row that a Hibur delegation has visited the IBM Haifa site. One of the members of this year's delegation from MIT will be working this summer as an intern in the IBM Haifa Labs. Karnin said that the success of last year's visit led to this year's delegation.
"The Hibur connection with IBM Haifa is a win-win situation for all," he said. "Students who visit the IBM Haifa Labs get a chance to see a world-class global research organization. By welcoming those students, IBM Haifa expands its ties with MIT, and the academic world in general."