Technion Alum Named One of World’s Top Young Innovators

August 21, 2013
By: Kevin Hattori

SalesPredict Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Kira Radinsky has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s 35 top Innovators Under 35. An alumnus of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Dr. Radinsky is being honored as an outstanding inventor for her development of predictive software.

Dr. Radinsky was selected for inclusion in the prestigious list – announced today –by a panel of expert judges and editorial staff at MIT Technology Review, an independent global media company owned by MIT. She and the other winners will be featured in the September issue of the magazine and honored at the annual EmTech MIT Conference to be held October 9-11, 2013.

Dr. Kira Radinsky

Dr. Kira Radinsky

Dr. Radinsky developed the software while she was a PhD student at the Technion, together with Eric Horvitz, distinguished scientist and co-director of the Microsoft Research Group in Redmond, Washington. The software essentially reads huge amounts of news reports and data to spot patterns, using them to predict future events. Such digital prognostication abilities would be extremely useful in automating many kinds of services.

“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing women and men whose innovations and companies have been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review. “We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Kira to this prestigious list.”

Dr. Radinsky is the recipient of several prestigious awards and grants, including the Google Anita Borg Scholarship for 20 Leading Women in Computer Science; the Google WWW Grant; the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenge Award; the Technion Technological Innovation Award (from the Technion Faculty of Computer Science), the Technion Prize for Best Academic Work.

Past Innovators Under 35 honorees include Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Jonathan Ive, the chief designer for Apple; Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr. Previous honorees with Technion connections are Prof. Hossam Haick, of the Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering (2008) and Prof. Kinneret Keren, of the Faculty of Physics (in 2004, while she was a postdoc at Stanford University). Profs. Haick and Keren are both members of the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute.

Additional information on the honorees and on the judges both for this year and previous years can be found at: http://www.technologyreview.com/innovators-under-35/. For additional information on the EmTech MIT Conference, please see: http://www.emtechmit.com.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute is a vital component of Cornell NYC Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City’s economy.

American Technion Society (ATS) donors provide critical support for the Technion—more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of chapters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more.

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