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Prof. Elishai Ezra Tsur, Associate Professor

Elishai Ezra Tsur
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The Open University of Israel Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 43107, Israel
Office:972-9-7783308 Email:elishai@nbel-lab.com

Additional Information

Areas of Interest
  • Neuro-robotics
  • Brain-inspired engineering
  • Spiking neural networks

Elishai is the principal investigator of the Neuro & Biomorphic Engineering Lab (NBEL-lab.com) and an Assistant Professor at the Open University of Israel. In his research, Elishai studies the realm of brain-inspired machines. He utilizes artificial brains to develop new frameworks for robotics and vision processing. NBEL is supported by NVIDIA, Intel Labs, Accenture Labs and the Israel Innovation Authority.
Elishai is a graduate of Singularity University (2012, NASA Ames Research Center, California) and was named INK fellow (2013, India) and Dean fellow for Computational Neuroscience (2018-19, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel).

B.Sc , Life Sciences, The Open University of Israel
B.A., Philosophy and History, The Open University of Israel
M.Sc, Bioengineering, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
M.Sc, Computer Science, IDC, Herzliya
PhD, Bioengineering, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2017 - 2019
Post-Doctoral Studies, Computational Neuroscience, Weizmann Institute of Science
 M.A, Clinical and Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo 

Full Publication list is available in: http://nbel-lab.com/publications

Adaptive Attention with a Neuromorphic Hybrid Frame and Event-based Camera. Avinoam Bitton, Hadar Cohen Duwek, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC), 2022 

Neuromorphic Analog Implementation of Reservoir Computing for Machine Learning. Avi Hazan, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS), 2022 

Computational modeling of color perception with biologically plausible spiking neural networks. Hadar Cohen Duwek, Hamutal Slovin, Elishai Ezra Tsur. PLoS Computational Biology, 2022, 18(10): e1010648

Biologically Plausible Illusionary Contrast Perception with Spiking Neural Networks.
Hadar Cohen Duwek, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2022 

Adaptive control of a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm with neuromorphically integrated velocity readings and online learning. Michael Ehrlich, Yuval Zaidel, Patrice L. Weiss, Arie Melamed Yekel, Naomi Gefen, Lazar Supic, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2022, 10.3389/fnins.2022.1007736 

Neuromorphic Neural Engineering Framework-Inspired Online Continuous Learning with Analog Circuitry. Avi Hazan, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Applied Sciences, 2022, 12: 4528 

Walking on the thin intersectional lines of disciplines. Elishai Ezra-Tsur, Travis DeWolf, Lazar Supic. Patterns, 2022: 10.1016/j.patter.2021.100413 

Realistic retinal modeling unravels the differential role of excitation and inhibition to starburst amacrine cells in direction selectivity. Elishai Ezra-Tsur, Oren Amsalem, Lea Ankri, Pritish Patil, Idan Segev, Michal Rivlin-Etzion. PLoS Computational Biology, 2021, 17(12): e1009754 

Data-Driven Artificial and Spiking Neural Networks for Inverse Kinematics in Neurorobotics. Alex Volinski, Yuval Zaidel, Albert Shalumov, Travis DeWolf, Lazar Supic, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Patterns, 2022: 10.1016/j.patter.2021.100391, Featured on the Journal’s cover

LiDAR-Driven Spiking Neural Network for Collision Avoidance in Autonomous Driving.
Albert Shalumov, Raz Halaly, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 2021: 10.1088/1748-3190/ac290c 

Neuromorphic Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity with Adaptive OZ Spiking Neurons. 
Avi Hazan, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2021

3D Object Tracking from Neuromorphic Event Cameras via Image Reconstruction. Hadar Cohen Duwek, Avinoam Bitton, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, 2021 

Neuromorphic Adaptive Body Leveling in a Bioinspired Hexapod Walking Robot. Michael Ehrlich, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2021 

Biologically Plausible Spiking Neural Networks for Perceptual Filling-In.
Hadar Cohen Duwek, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), 2021, 43 

Image Reconstruction From Neuromorphic Event Cameras Using Laplacian-Prediction and Poisson Integration With Spiking and Artificial Neural Networks.
Hadar Cohen Duwek, Albert Shalumov, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR-W 2021) 

Neuromorphic Representation of Cardiac Data from the American Black Bear During Hibernation.
Tinen L. Iles, Timothy G. Laske, Paul A. Iaizzo, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Proceedings of the 2021 Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD), 2021, Minnesota, USA

Left-prefrontal Alpha-dynamics Predict Executive Working-memory Functioning in Elderly People.
Oded Meiron, Elishai Ezra Tsur, Hagai Factor, Shoham Jacobsen, David Yoel Salomon, Nir Kraizler, Efraim Jaul. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2021 

Neuromorphic Analog Implementation of Neural Engineering Framework-Inspired Spiking Neuron for High-Dimensional Representation.
Avi Hazan, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2021, 15:627221

Neuromorphic NEF-Based Inverse Kinematics and PID Control.
Yuval Zaidel, Albert Shalumov, Alex Volinski, Lazar Supic, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 2021, 15: 631159 

NeuroConstruct-based implementation of structured-light stimulated retinal circuitry. Miriam Elbaz , Rachel Buterman and Elishai Ezra Tsur. BMC Neuroscience, 2020, 21:1 [link]

Integrated Development Environment for EEG-Driven Cognitive-Neuropsychological Research. Shoham Jacobsen, Oded Meiron, David Yoel Salomon, Nir Kraizler, Hagai Factor, Efraim Jaul, Elishai Ezra Tsur. IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, 2020, 8: 1-8 [link]

Antagonistic Center-Surround Mechanisms for Direction Selectivity in the Retina. Lea Ankri, Elishai Ezra Tsur, Shir R. Maimon, Nathali Kaushansky, Michal Rivlin-Etzion. Cell Reports, 2020, 31:107608 [link]

Computer-Aided Design of Microfluidic Circuits. Elishai Ezra Tsur. Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 2020, 22:1 [link]

Neuromorphic implementation of motion detection using oscillation interference. Elishai Ezra Tsur, Michal Rivlin-Etzion. Neurocomputing, 2020, 374: 54-63 [link]

Distributed Retrieval Engine for the Development of Cloud-Deployed Biological Databases. David Bouzaglo, Israel Chasida, Elishai Ezra Tsur. BMC BioData Mining, 2018, 11(26): 10.1186/s13040-018-0185-5 [link]

Computer-Aided Design of Valves-Integrated Microfluidic Layouts Using Parameter-Guided Electrical Models. Oron Feinerman, Mor Sofer, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Fluids Engineering (FEDSM18), ASME Proceedings , 2018, Montreal, Canada [link]

Code Generation of Graph-Based Vision Processing for Multiple CUDA Cores SoC Jetson TX. Elyassaf Madar, Natan Danan, Elishai Ezra Tsur. Embedded Multicore Systems-on-Chip (MCSoC18), IEEE Proceedings,  2018, Hanoi, Vietnam [link]

Data Models in Neuroinformatics. Elishai Ezra. Bioinformatics in the Era of Post Genomics and Big Data, InTech Press, 2018, pp. 133-154 [link]

Delivering the Fundamentals of Software Architecture, Design and Abstraction by Developing a Ray Tracer for 3‐Dimensional Graphical Scenes. Elishai Ezra. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 2018, 10.1002/cae.21963 [link]

Computer-Aided Design of Resistance Micro-Fluidic Circuits for 3D Printing. Elishai Ezra, Ariel Shamir. Computer-Aided Design, 2018, 98: 12–23 [link]

Microfluidic Concentric Gradient Generator Design for High-Throughput Cell-Based Studies. Elishai Ezra, Michal Zimerman, Idan Maor,  Avner Elrich, Yaakov Nahmias. Nanobiotechnology, Front. in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2017, 5(21): 10.3389/fbioe. 2017.00021 [link]

Programmable Multi-Source Embedded Control of Large-Scale Integrated Microfluidic Circuits With an Application for Real Time Flow Rate Modulation. Nissim Arfi, Elishai Ezra. Control, Automation and Robotics (ICCAR2017), IEEE proceedings, 2017, Nagoya, Japan [link]

Rapid Development of Entity-Based Data Models for Bioinformatics with Persistence Object-Oriented Design and Structured URL Interfaces. Elishai Ezra. BMC BioData Mining, 2017, 10(11): 10.1186/s13040-017-0130-z [link]

Integrated Control of Microfluidics – Application in Fluid Routing, Sensor Synchronization, and Real-Time Feedback Control. Elishai Ezra, Danny Bavli and Yaakov Nahmias. Advances in Microfluidics - New Applications in Biology, Energy, and Materials Sciences, In-Tech, 2016, 165-187 [link]

OpenVX-based Python Framework for Real-time Cross Platform Acceleration of Embedded Computer Vision Applications. Ori Heimlich, Elishai Ezra. Vision Systems Theory, Tools and Applications, Frontiers in ICT, 2016, 3(28):10.3389/fict.2016.00028 [link]

Computer Aided Design of a Micro-Scale Digitally Controlled Hydraulic Resistor. Elishai Ezra. CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE transactions, 2016, 10.1109/TCAD.2016.2584043 [link]

Nuclear Receptors Control Pro- and Anti-Viral Metabolic Response to HCV Infection. Gahl Levy, Naomi Habib, Maria Angela Guzzardi, Daniel Kitsberg, David Bomze, Elishai Ezra, Basak E. Uygun, Korkut Uygun, Martin Trippler, Joerg F. Schlaak, Oren Shibolet, Ella H. Sklan, Merav Cohen, Joerg Timm, Nir Friedman, Yaakov Nahmias. Nature Chemical Biology, 2016, 10.1038/nchembio.2193 [link]

One Step Antibody-Mediated Isolation and Patterning of Multiple Cell Types in Microfluidic Devices. Danny Bavli*, Elishai Ezra*, Danny Kitzberg, Rita Vosk, Shashi Murthy, Yaakov Nahmias. *Equally contributed. Biomicrofluidics, 2016, 10: 024112 [link]

Real-time Monitoring of Metabolic Function in Liver-on-Chip Microdevices Tracks the Dynamics of Mitochondrial Dysfunction. Danny Bavli, Sebastian Prill, Elishai Ezra, Gahl Levy, Merav Cohen, Mathieu Vinken, Jan Vanfleteren, Magnus S. Jaeger, Yaakov Nahmias. PNAS, 2016, 113(16): E2231-40 [link]

Real-Time Monitoring of Oxygen Uptake in Hepatic Microwell Bioreactor Shows CYP450- Independent Mitochondrial Toxicity of Acetaminophen. Sebastian Prill, Danny Bavli, Gahl Levy, Elishai Ezra, Elmar Schmälzlin, Magnus S. Jaeger, Michael Schwarz, Claus Duschl, Merav Cohen, Yaakov Nahmias. Archives of Toxicology, 2015, 90 (5), 1181-1191 [link]

Delivering Advanced Methods in Mathematical Programming to Students of All Disciplines Using Abstraction, Modularity and Open-Ended Assignments. Elishai Ezra, Yaakov Nahmias. Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, EURASIA Journal, 2015, 11(1), 17-23 [link]

Microprocessor-Based Integration of Microfluidic Platforms for the implementation of Automated Sensor Monitoring and Multithreaded Optimization Algorithms. Elishai Ezra, Idan Maor, Itai Shalom, Danny Bavli, Gahl Levy, Sebastian Prill, Magnus S. Jaeger, Yaakov Nahmias. Biomedical Microdevices, 2015, 17(4): 82 [link]

Development of Three-dimensional Streamline Image Velocimetry using Superimposed Delaunay Triangulation and Geometrical Fitting. Elishai Ezra, Eliezer Keinan, Alex Liberzon, Yaakov Nahmias. Journal of Fluid Engineering, 2015, 138(1): 011205 [link]

Opposing Shear Induced Forces Dominate Inertial Focusing in High Reynolds Numbers. Eliezer Keinan, Elishai Ezra, Yaakov Nahmias. Applied Physics Letters, 2015, 107: 193507 [link]

Frame Rate Free Velocimetry for Microfluidic Devices. Eliezer Keinan*, Elishai Ezra*, Yaakov Nahmias. *Equally contributed. Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 103: 063507 [link]

Non-dimensional Analysis of Retinal Micro-aneurysms: Critical Threshold for Treatment. Elishai Ezra, Eliezer Keinan, Yossi Mandel, Michael E. Boulton, Yaakov Nahmias. Integrative Biology, 2013, 5:474-480, selected as Hot Article [link]