The Open University of Israel
Dr. Zippy Erlich

  Prof. Zippy Erlich

  Computer Science Division

Updated: 2013
 

Personal

Address:
43 Ben-Eliezer St.
Ramat Gan 52290, Israel

Office tel.: 972-9-778-1218

Fax: 972-9-7780668

E-mail: zippy@openu.ac.il

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Education

1976

Ph.D., Computer Science: Computer Systems Modeling and Analysis, University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation: On Centralized Bus Transportation Systems with Poisson Arrivals
Supervisor: Prof. L. Kleinrock, UCLA

1972

M.Sc., Mathematics: Combinatorics, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Thesis: Sperner's Theorem: Some Generalizations and Expansions
Supervisor: Prof. J. Schonheim, Tel-Aviv University

1969

B.Sc., Mathematics and Statistics, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

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Academic Positions

2012-present

2011-present

2004-2012

Associate Professor, Head of Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Open University of Israel.

Head of Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Open University of Israel

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science Department, Open University of Israel

1992-2004

Lecturer, Computer Science Department, Open University of Israel

Summer2000

Visiting Faculty, School of Information Sciences, Claremont University, California

1984-1992

Staff member, Computer Science Department, Open University of Israel

1990-1994

Head of Computer Science Devision, Open University of Israel

1999-2007

Adjunct Lecturer, Graduate School of Business Administration, Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Course: Foundations of Computer Science

2005-present

Senior Lecturer (Adjunct), M.Ed in Mathematics Education Program,  Seminar Hakibutzim College, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Course: Foundations of Computer Science

1976-1979

Adjunct Lecturer and Visitor Lecturer, Statistics, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Courses: Introduction to Operations Research; Introduction to Statistics; Computer Systems and Applications in Operations Research and Statistics

1971-1972

Instructor, Labor Science, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Course: Introduction to Computers and Statistical Applications

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Professional Experience

 

2011-present

 

2006-2009

Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Open University of Israel

 

Chair of the Open University Study Program Approval Committee

1990-1994

Head of Computer Science Devision, Open University of Israel

1983-present

Computer Science Department, Open University of Israel. Head of academic course development teams for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses

1979-1983

Israeli Navy Computer Center: Head of Data Processing Department (Lieutenant Colonel)

1974-1976

Computer Science Department, University of California, Los Angeles, California. Research in the field of computer communication networks: resource sharing, delay analysis, capacity assignment, traffic flow assignment, satellite packet switching, group radio packet switching, ARPANET measurements; Development and analysis of mathematical models of queueing and transportation systems; Programming simulation programs

1974

Education Evaluation Association, Los Angeles, California: Designing and programming a nationwide objective based test assignment for the Department of Education of New Mexico

1972-1973

Psychology Department, Center of Computer Based Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, California: Statistical programming

1969-1972

Computer Center, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel: Responsible for the development and maintenance of statistical programs and packages; programming scientific and utility programs; Consultation to academic staff and students

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Administrative Activities

2011-present

1990-1994

Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Chair, Computer Science Division

2006-2009

Chair, Study Program Approval Committee

2006-2009

Chair, Exceptional Exemptions in English Committee

1985-1992

Member, Accreditation of Prior Studies Committee

1985-present

Member, Academic Subcommittee for Mathematics and Computer Science

1991-2009

Member, Study Program Approval Committee

1992-1994

Member, Academic Committee for B.Tech.

1993-2003

Member, Computer Science Graduate Program Committee

1994-2009

Member, Exceptional Exemptions in English Committee

1993-1997, 1999

Member, OUI Computerization Steering Committee

1998-2000

Member, "Bug 2000" Steering Committee

1999-2000

Member, Catalog Computerization Committee

2003-2011

Member, Academic Subcommittee for Engineering

2006-2009

Member, Research Committee, Chais Research Center for Instructional Technologies

2007-present

Member, The Academic Studies Committee

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Fields of Research

  Queuing theory and applications

  Measurement of information systems success and user satisfaction

  Open source code, Computer systems security, Data mining

  Computer literacy and applications

  Learning networks analysis

  E-Learning

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Scholarships

1974

Mark and Minnie Newman Endowment; Granted for recognition of academic achievements by the Committee on Fellowships of Graduate Council at UCLA

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Reviewer for Refereed Publications

International journal Computers & Education

IEEE ICALT Conferences

Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, second ed.

Chais Conference on Instructional Technologies Research

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Membership on Professional Societies

  ILA

  IEEE

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Teaching Responsibility for Open University Courses

1987-1997

Data Structures

1989-2009

Software Engineering with Ada

1989-2009

Database Systems

1994-2002

Computer Networks Communication I

1995-present

Deterministic Models in Operations Research

1997-2008

Queueing Theory and Computer Science

1998-2011

Computer Applications for Social Science

2000-present

Simulation Modeling and Analysis

2002-present

System Analysis and Design

2003-2011

Computer Applications for Humanities

2004-2011

Computer Applications for Natural Sciences

2004-2009

Operations Research (MBA)

2005-2009

Fundamentals of Decision Theory and Operations Research

2008-2009

2012-present

Data Mining

Advanced Computer Applications

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Other Professional Activities

2002-2007

Member, Israeli National Council for the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology

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Publications

  Chapters and Articles in Refereed Books

  Erlich, Z., Gal-Ezer, J., and Lupo, D., Traditional vs. technology-integrated distance education, in L. C. Jain, R. J. Howlett, N. S. Ichalkaranje, and G. Tonfoni (Eds.), Virtual environments for teaching and learning (Singapore: World Scientific, 2002, Ch. 2, pp. 41-74).

  Erlich, Z., Computer-mediated communication: Implementation in distance learning, in C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice, P. L. Rogers and G. A. Berg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (US: Idea Group Reference, 2005, pp. 353-364).

  Erlich, Z. and Gal-Ezer, J., The Open University of Israel: A distance education institution, in C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice, P. L. Rogers and G. A. Berg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (US: Idea Group Reference, 2005, pp. 1421-1429).

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z.,and Ravid, G., Reciprocity analysis of online learning networks, in J.C. Moore (Ed.), Elements of Quality Online Education: Engaging Communities, Wisdom from the Sloan Consortium (Needham, MA: Sloan-C, 2005, Volume 2 in the Wisdom Series); also in Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2005, 9 (4), pp. 3-13.

  Erlich, Z. and Aviv, R., Open Source Software: Strengths and weaknesses, in Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic and Social Perspectives (forthcoming).

  Erlich, Z. and Zviran, M., Authentication methods for computer systems security, in Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology , 2nd Ed., Vol. I, USA: Information Resources Management Association, 2009, pp 288-293.

   Erlich, Z.  "Integrating New Technologies to Promote Distance Learning".  In C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice, P. L. Rogers and G. A. Berg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, 2nd Ed., Vol. III, US: Information Science Reference (Formerly Idea Group Reference),  2009, pp. 1228-1243.

  Erlich, Z., Aviv, R. "Open Source Software: Strengths and Weaknesses" in P. F. Tiako (Ed.), Software Applications: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, 2009, pp 39-51.

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  Articles in Refereed Journals

  Berry, D.M., Erlich, Z., Lucena, C.J., Pointers and data abstractions in high level languages-I: Language proposals, Journal of Computer Languages, 1977, 2 (14), pp. 135-148.

  Zalsman, G., Frisch, A., Bromberg, M., Gelernter, J., Michaelovsky, E., Campino, A., Erlich, Z., Tyano, S., Apter, A., Weizman, A., Family-based association study of serotonin transporter promoter in suicidal adolescents: Possible role in violence traits, American Journal of Medical Genetics, 2001, 3 (105), pp. 239-245.

  Lupo, D., Erlich, Z., Computer literacy and applications via distance e-learning, Computers & Education, 2001, 36 (4), pp. 333-345.

  Erlich, Z., Gelbard, R., Spiegler, I., Data mining by means of binary representation: A model for similarity and clustering, Information System Frontiers, 2002, 4 (2), pp. 187-197.

  Apter, A., Horesh, N., Gothelf, D., Zalsman, G., Erlich, Z., Soreni, N., Weizman, A., Depression and suicidal behavior in adolescent inpatients with obsessive compulsive disorder, Journal of Affective Disorders, 2003, 75 (2), pp. 181-189.

  Zviran, M., Erlich, Z., Measuring IS user satisfaction: Review and implications, Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), 2003, 12 (5), pp. 81-103.

  Erlich, Z., Gelbard, R., Spiegler, I., Evaluating a positive attribute clustering model for data mining, Journal of Computer Information Systems (JCIS), 2003, 42 (3), pp. 100-108.

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., & Geva, A., Network analysis of knowledge construction in asynchronous learning networks, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2003, 7 (3), pp. 1-23

  Erlich, Z., Erlich-Philip, I., Gal-Ezer, J., Skills required for participating in CMC courses: An empirical study, Computers & Education, 2004, 44 (4), pp. 477-487.

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., Response neighborhoods in online learning networks: A quantitative analysis, Educational Technology & Society, 8 (4), 2005, pp. 90-99.

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., Reciprocity Analysis of Online Learning Networks.  Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2005, 9 (4), pp. 3-13.

  Zviran, M., Erlich, Z., Identification and authentication: Technology and implementation issues, Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), 2006, 17 (4), pp. 90-105.

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., Analysis of transitivity and reciprocity in online collaboration networks, Connections, 2008, 28 (1), pp. 27-39.

  Erlich, Z., Gadot, R., Shahak, D. The Effect of Computer Literacy Course on Students' Attitudes toward Computer Applications, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2008-2009, 37(1), pp. 83-95.

  Apter S, Rimon U, Konen E, Erlich Z, Guranda L, Amitai M, Portnoy O, Gayer G, Hertz M. Sealed rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms: CT features in 6 patients and a review of the literature, Abdom Imaging, 2010, 35(1), pp. 99-105.

  Erlich, Z., Zviran M., Goals and Practices in Maintaining Information Systems Security, International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, 2010, 4(3), pp. 42-52.

  Eshed I, Halshtok O, Erlich Z., Hertz M, Portnoy O, Guranda L, Hiller N, Apter S. "Differentiation between a right tubo-ovarian abscess and appendicitis by CT a diagnostic challenge", Clinical Radiology, 2011, 66(11), pp. 1030-1035.

  Yair Y., Shalev S., Erlich Z., Agrachov A., Katz E., Saaroni H., Price C., Ziv B. "Lightning flash multiplicity in eastern Mediterranean thunderstorms", accepted to nhess-2013-216.

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  Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings

  Berry, D.M., Erlich, Z., Lucena, C.J., Correctness of data representations: Pointers in high level languages, ACM Conference on Data (SIGPLAN), pp. 115-119, 1976.

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., Cohesion and roles: Network analysis of CSCL communities, Proceedings of IEEE Information, Communication and Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2003, pp. 145-149, Athens, Greece, 2003.

  Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., Mechanisms and architectures of online learning communities, Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, pp. 400-404, Joensuu, Finland, 2004.

  Aviv, R.,Erlich Z., Ravid G. "Design and Architecture of Collaborative Online Communities: A Quantitative Analysis". Proceedings of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, pp. 59-72, Chicago, October 2004.

  Aviv, R.,Erlich Z., Ravid G. Randomness and Clustering of Responses in Online Learning Networks, IASTED International Conference on Communication, Internet and Information Technology (CIIT 2007), 2-4 July 2007, Banff, Canada.

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         Open University Books and Study Guides - Academic responsibility and development coordinator

  Data Structures, 2 vols., 750p, 1987. Based on a translation of Data Structures Using Pascal, by A. Tenenbaum and M. Augenstein, PH, 1981.

  Software Engineering with Ada, 2 vols., 620p, 1989. Based on a translation of Software Engineering with Ada, by G. Booch, Benjamin Cummings Pub., 2nd ed., 1987; Study guide, 140p, 1990.

  Database Systems, 300p, 1989. Based on a translation of Database Systems Concepts, by F. Korth and A. Silberschatz, MH, 1986; Study guide, 240p, 1990.

  Computer Network Communication I, 471p, 1994. Based on a translation of ch. 1-5 in Computer Networks, by A. S. Tanenbaum, 2nd ed., PH, 1989; Study guide, 130p, 1994.

  Computer Network Communication II, Study guide, 120p, 2000. A study guide to ch. 6-7 in Computer Networks, by A. S. Tanenbaum, 3rd ed., PH, 1996.

  Deterministic Models in Operations Research, 2 vols., 780p, 1995. Based on a translation of Introduction to Mathematical Programming, by F.S. Hillier, G.J. Lieberman, McGraw-Hill, 1990; Study Guide, 280p, 1996.

  Queueing Theory and Computer Science Applications, Study guide, 120p, 1997 (120p), 2002 (170p). Study guide to Computer Networks and Systems - Queueing Theory and Performance Evaluation, by T G. Robertazzi, 2nd ed., Springer-Verlag, 1994.

  Computer Applications for Social Sciences, Study guide, 120p, 1998.

  Systems Analysis & Design, Study guide, 224p, 2002.

  Simulation Modeling and Analysis, Study guide, 119p, 2003.

  Computer Applications for Humanities, Study guide, 70p, 2003.

  Computer Applications for Natural Sciences, Study guide, 140p, 2004.

  Operations Research (MBA), Study guide, 188p, 2004.

  Fundamentals of Decision Theory and Operations Research, Study guide, 187p, 2005.

  Data Mining, Online Study Guide, 2009.

  Advanced Computer Applications, Study Guide, 2012

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  Research Reports

  Erlich, Z., The Behavior of a Bus Collection Poisson Arrivals on a Straight Route; Modeling and Analysis Note #7, Computer Science Department, UCLA, December 1974.

  Lucena, C.J., Berry, D., and Erlich, Z., Structured Data Representation: A Proposed Modification to the Concept of Cluster, Modeling and Measurement Note #27, Computer Science Department, UCLA, June 1974.

  Lucena, C.J., Berry, D., Erlich, Z., Chirica, L., Walton, E., STRUGGLE: A Structured GO TO-less Programming Language, Internal Memorandum #134, Computer Science Department, UCLA, October 1974.

  Erlich, Z., On Centralized Bus Transportation Systems with Poisson Arrivals, ARPA Technical Report, UCLA-ENG-67124, December 1976.

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Papers Presented at Scientific Conferences

Zalsman, G., Frisch, A., Menashri, M., Gelernter, J., Michaelovsky, E., Campino, A., Erlich, Z., Tyano, S., Apter, A., Weizman, A., "Family-based association study of serotonin transporter promoter in suicide adolescents, possible role in violence traits," The Promised Childhood Jerusalem, 2000 Congress, May 2001.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Network Analysis of Cooperative Learning," Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE) 2003, Samos, Greece, July 2003.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Network Analysis of Knowledge Construction," The International Conference on Computer Networks and Social Networks, Haifa, Aug. 2003.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Network Analysis of interactivity in online Communities," Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) International Conference, Toronto, October 2003.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Evolution of Social Capital Structures in Collaborative Online Learning Networks," International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) 2003, Las Vegas, October 2003.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Network Analysis of Effective Knowledge Construction in Asynchronous Learning Networks," 9th Annual SLOAN-C Asynchronous Learning Networks, Florida, November 2003.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Structure of Social Capital, Group Design and Knowledge Construction in Discussion Forum: Quantitative Research," 19th Annual Conference on Computers and Education, Tel Aviv, January 2004.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Emergence of Markov Virtual Neighborhoods in Knowledge Constructing Virtual Communities," Invited Talk, Learning International Network Consortium (LINC) Symposium, MIT, Cambridge, March 2004.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Knowledge Construction, Virtual Neighborhoods Architecture, Mechanisms and Design Features in Online Communities," XXIV International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Portoro?, Slovenia, May 2004.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Virtual Neighborhoods Architecture of Online Communities," Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) Annual Conference, Sussex, UK, September 2004.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G., "Design and Architecture of Collaborative Online Communities: A Quantitative Analysis," Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, Chicago, October 2004.

Aviv, R., Erlich, Z., Ravid, G. "Knowledge Construction, Virtual Neighborhoods Architecture, Mechanisms and Design Features in Online Communities". To be published in the Proceedings of the XXIV International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Portorož, Slovenia, May 2004.

Aviv R., Erlich Z., Ravid G. "Virtual Neighborhoods Architecture of Online Communities". To be published in the Proceedings of the Association of Internet Researchers (aoir.org) Annual Conference, Sussex, UK, September 2004.

Aviv R., Erlich Z., Ravid G. "Mechanisms and architectures of online learning communities". The 4th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), Aug. 30 - Sep. 1, 2004, Jonesuu, Finland.

Aviv R., Erlich Z., Ravid G."Analysis of Fundamental Processes in e-learning Networks". TELearn 2008, Dec. 6, 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Amitai M.M, Raviv-Zilka L., Kushnir T., Erlich Z., Apter S. "Accuracy of MR Enterography Compared to CT Enterography in Young Patients with Bowel  disease", ISMRM 17th Scientific Meeting & Exhibition, 18-24 April, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Shalev S., Saaroni H., Yair Y., Ziv B., Erlich Z., Aviv R., Agrachov A., Price C. "Lightning Characteristics in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean". Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 13, EGU2011-11857, 2011

Aviv R., Yair Y., Agrachov A., Erlich Z., Price C.. "Interdependence and Memory in Lightning Flash Sequences". The 14th ICAE conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8-12, August 2011.

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