I am a software engineer developing algorithms in the area of Natural Language Processing. I'm responsible for integrating NLP technologies in the search engine for products that we are developing at the startup Twiggle. Previously, I was the CTO of IntuView, where I worked on automatic extraction of information from documents in Arabic and other languages. Before that, I was a software engineer at Baobab Technologies, where I developed computerized dialog systems. (See LinkedIn profile).
I have over 17 years of experience in industry and academia in the areas of Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, and Logic. I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Linguistics from Stanford University. My research project was PULC: precise semantic understanding (by a computer) of textual logic puzzles, and it was conducted partly in cooperation with the Palo Alto Research Center. My B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science are from Tel Aviv University.
I'm very interested in personal development and spiritual development – how to live a happy and meaningful life. I completed a training course for therapists in Trilotherapy which was developed by Zen-master Nissim Amon, and I took part in a variety of other courses and workshops. I enjoy sharing with people my personal experience and what I've learned, and helping them if I can, both one-on-one and in a group.
I'm also very interested in social development – how to make a positive influence on society and culture. I'm one of the founders of the Secular Spirituality Group, which is interested in questions relating to life's purpose and to culture, while relying on science, rational thinking, and positive values. I also participate in a group that is creating the "Humanist" magazine – an online magazine with articles from a secular humanism standpoint.
I write about these areas of development on the website of The Workshop for Personal and Social Development, and I also organize group meetings on these subjects.