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Dr. Elishai Ezra Tsur, Senior Lecturer

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

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

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

2. 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]

3. 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]

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

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

6. 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]

7. 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]

8. 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]

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

10. 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]

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

12. 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]

13. 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]

14. 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]

15. 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]

16. 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]

17. 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]

18. 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]

19. 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]

20. 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]

21. 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]

22. 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]

23. 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]

24. 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]

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

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

27. 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]