The Krill Award is granted by the Wolf Fund to ten promising scientists from all universities in Israel each year, who haven't reached tenure yet and have presented impressive achievements in the fields of exact sciences, life sciences, medicine, agriculture and engineering. The award winners are elected by the fund's prize committee, out of dozens of excellent candidacies submitted by the universities.
The Wolf Fund CEO, Reut Yinon Berman says: “The real award is the recognition, appreciation, honor, diploma and the loving hug of the academia towards the candidates. Submission of a candidacy for this award is very honorable, and is considered a significant expression of faith of the university in its candidates. Winning this award is an important stage in the candidates' personal development along their academic career. We are witnessing very impressive achievements of the award winners throughout the years, and many of them are holding key positions in leading scientific research in Israel and worldwide."
The Department of Computer Science is proud of Dr. Meirav Zehavi, who is among the 2020 winners.
Dr. Zehavi has won the Krill Award for her outstanding achievements in researching the complexity of different problems in Graph theory.
Topics in Computer Science theory, and specifically in Algorithm Research, have attracted Dr. Zehavi since she first started her Msc. Studies in computer sciences. Her PhD thesis dealt with parametric algorithm development for solving problems applied to Bio-informatics. Today, Dr. Zehavi conducts research in theoretical computer sciences and specializes in parametric algorithms. She has shown impressive achievements in researching the complexity of different problems in Graph theory, and by combining innovative techniques, she has developed sophisticated parametric algorithms, which are the fastest for solving basic problems. Dr. Zehavi joined the Department of Computer Science in Oct 2017 and has been directing a research group in parameterized complexity since then.