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Irad Ben-Gal: bringing machine learning and data analytics from academia to the tech sector

Ben-Gal leads a laboratory that specializes in the field of AI, and heads CB4 analytics, a company that changes the way organizations view data

CTech 12:3306.01.21
Name: Irad Ben-Gal

Title: Professor & Head of Lab of AI Machine Learning & Business Data Analytics (LAMBDA) and Chairman & co-founder of CB4 Analytics

Notable facts:


  • Has more than 20 years experience in field of AI
  • Has written four books, numerous papers, and published patents
  • Is co-founder and chairman of CB4 analytics which applies AI to retail sector
  • Heads a laboratory at Tel Aviv University that works toward developing AI solutions for transportation


Professor Irad Ben-Gal. Photo: Uriel Cohen Professor Irad Ben-Gal. Photo: Uriel Cohen


Irad Ben-Gal is a well-known expert in the field of AI, machine learning, and analytics with over 20 years of experience. He’s collaborated with companies including Oracle, Intel, GM, Applied Materials, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, for the Israeli military, the Prime Minister’s Office, and more in R&D, and has published numerous books, papers, and patents. Ben-Gal has also received many awards for his studies and research, and is the co-founder and chairman of CB4, a startup that aims to provide predictive analytics solutions to retail groups for commerce, telecommunications, and finance. The CB4 software, which he led the development of, uses intricate pattern compression and machine learning to analyze patterns and anomalies in large datasets and map them to fit the specific needs of an organization. CB4 is part of Sequoia Capital’s portfolio companies.


In the sector of AI, he’s worked on many technical constructs that aim to improve transportation and provide real-time data on travel. His lab uses large datasets that aim to understand why and how people move in different areas in different times, as he told Calcalist in 2019.


Utilizing his unique point of view, he has helped organizations understand how they can use AI to improve performance in their sectors, including in the fields of finance, telecommunications, and commerce. In the past, he has held positions at Tel Aviv University and Stanford, where he was a visiting professor. He has also worked at Afek Systems and engineered many software projects.


Ben-Gal is also the head of the industrial engineering and management program at Tel Aviv University. He holds a PhD from Boston University, and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Tel Aviv University.