Professor Jacob Ziv

Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv has been awarded the EMET Prize for 2017 in the area of Exact Sciences (

The Emet Prize for Art, Science and Culture is an Israeli prize awarded annually for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far-reaching influence and make a significant contribution to society. Prizes are awarded in the following five categories: the Exact Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Culture and the Arts. The prizes, in a total amount of one million dollars, are sponsored by the A.M.N. Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art and Culture in Israel, under the auspices of and in cooperation with the Prime Minister of Israel. It is awarded to Israeli citizens, and in certain circumstances to non-citizens who reside in Israel and consider Israel as their permanent home. The EMET Prize is administered by the Award Committee, composed of representatives appointed by the Prime Minister and the A.M.N. Foundation. Currently, the Chairman of the Award Committee is retired Supreme Court Justice Jacob Kedmi.

Jacob is a Member of the Israel National Academy of Sciences and Humanities (President 1996-2005), American National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Science, American Philosophical Society and European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He has been awarded major national/international awards, including: Israel Prize, 1993; Marconi International Award, 1995; IEEE Hamming Medal, 1995; Shannon Award, 1997; Rothschild Prize, 2002; BBVA Foundation (2009) and received the Honorary Doctorate, Tel Aviv University (2009).
In 1997, he initiated and chaired since, the establishment of the Israel Forum for National Research and Development Infrastructures.
His research interests include data-compression, information theory and statistical communication.

Congratulations to Jacob for this extraordinary, and well deserved, achievement and we all thank him for his unique and long-lasting contributions to the department, the Technion, the State of Israel and to Science.