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Oren Somekh

Sr. Research Scientist
Haifa, Israel

Oren received the B.Sc., M.Sc, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 1989, 1991, and 2005, respectively. During 1991-1996 he served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the capacity of a research engineer. During 1998-2002 he was the Vice President of Research and Development (VP R&D) and later the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Surf Communication Solutions Ltd., Yokneam, Israel. Soon after he co-founded and managed Kolvirtech Ltd., Pardes-Hana, Israel, a consultant and outsourcing company. From April 2005 to October 2006 he was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Research (CWCSPR), NJIT, Newark, New Jersey. From November 2006 to October 2008 he has been a visiting research fellow at the Electrical Engineering department of Princeton University, Princeton, New-Jersey. He continued his affiliation with Princeton University as a research collaborator during 2009-2010. Oren has joined Yahoo! Labs, Haifa, Israel in 2009. Oren is a recipient of the European Community (EC) Marie-Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (OIF), he was the co-recipient of the first IEEE Information Theory Society ISIT best student paper award (2007), and the co-inventor of several patents in the field of communications and Internet sciences. His current main research interests are scientific aspects of Internet technologies, in particular, computational advertising, and recommendation systems.

Advertising Science, Scalable Machine Learning, User Modeling and Personalization

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