IDC Herzliya congratulates Prof. Gil Kalai, senior lecturer and researcher at the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, for winning the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant. Prof. Kalai’s research deals with the development of different methods, such as noise sensitivity and stability in mathematical and stochastic systems and models, and for the discovering of uses and connections in the doctrines of probability, combinatorics and computer science. The research will address Prof. Kalai’s thesis that quantum computers are destined for failure due to noise sensitivity. Prof Kalai will do this by analyzing the mathematical, physical & arithmetical implications of it.
The ERC (European Research Council) is part of the “Horizon 2020” program – the biggest R&D program ever initiated by the EU with a budget of €80 million. The ERC, which lies under “Horizon 2020”, is aimed at exceptional and pioneer researchers. Within the ERC, there are three different tracks, divided by level of seniority: Starting Grants; Consolidators Grants; and Advanced Grants. The winners of the Advanced Grant undergo a highly thoroughgoing process, as in this call, there were more than 2,500 applications, of which only 222 were chosen for funding. Amongst them, 10 were awarded to leading institutions in Israel.
Now, IDC Herzliya can proudly add an Advanced Grant to its existing list of ERC grants (Starting Grants) in the fields of psychology and computer science.