Rafael Signs Strategic Research Collaboration with Ben-Gurion University

The first projects to be included in the framework of the collaboration will focus on data breaches in sensors of autonomous vehicles. The signing ceremony was held during Cybertech Tel Aviv 2019

Rafael Signs Strategic Research Collaboration with Ben-Gurion University

From the signing ceremony (L-R): Uzi Landau, Chairman of Rafael; Netta Cohen, CEO of BGN Technologies; Dr. Ran Gozali, EVP, Head of Rafael’s R&D and Engineering Division; Zafrir Levy, Senior VP - Exact Sciences & Engineering at BGN Technologies (PR photo)

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), today announced a strategic, multi-year research collaboration, in which Rafael will collaborate with researchers at BGU in a variety of fields, including cybersecurity, smart mobility, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

The signing ceremony between Netta Cohen, CEO of BGN Technologies and Dr. Ran Gozali, EVP and Head of Rafael’s R&D and Engineering Division, took place at the Cybertech 2019 conference, Tel Aviv, Israel.

The first two projects to be included in the framework of the collaboration will focus on exploring the risk of cybersecurity breaches and how these threats might be mitigated in sensors of autonomous cars. Autonomous driving requires the use of multiple sensor systems including cameras, radars, and lidar-based systems, all of which can be targets of cyberattacks. AI and machine learning techniques will be used for identifying and mapping the different possible security breaches, and then means of protecting against these threats will be suggested. 

This partnership follows Rafael's decision to build an R&D center of excellence in Be’er-Sheva's hi-tech park, which will be launched later this year. The new center will focus on different aspects of advanced autonomous systems. The center is located adjacent to BGU, to benefit from the University's talents and expertise in these fields.

Rafael has vast experience in the cyber arena, gained in the last 25 years.  As a leader in this field, Rafael has implemented cyber defense projects around the world and in Israel, including Israel’s national Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), considered one of the most advanced in the world, and the cyber defense system for Israel National Central Credit Registry and for Israel’s Railways Authority. Rafael has also been awarded a cyber defense contract by the Ministry of Defense of Argentina.

“Rafael's decision to have a significant presence at the hi-tech park adjacent to BGU, together with the partnership signed today, is a clear indication of our researchers' leadership in hardware and data related innovation," said Netta Cohen at the signing ceremony. "We are looking forward to closely working with Rafael, a world leader in advanced defense systems, on a variety of cutting-edge projects from different disciplines.”

Dr. Ran Gozali stated, “Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges in almost every aspect of modern day life. This partnership will help support our advanced autonomous solutions, by working with prominent experts in the field, such as the researchers at Ben-Gurion University. We are certain that the collaboration will help maintain the qualitative edge and innovative solutions that are offered by Rafael to its customers.”


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