The primary objective of the Technion Computer Science Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP), established in 2001, is to provide a platform for structured interaction between the department and the Hi-tech industry in Israel and worldwide.
This type of interaction had previously existed only on a somewhat erratic and individual basis. We established the program with some trepidation, as the Hi-tech bubble was just months away from bursting and alarming signs were already prevalent. It was difficult to predict whether the new program would succeed or fizzle out.

Although the program got off to a rocky start because of the unfavorable market conditions, it provided a solid bridge between academia and industry from which both sides have benefited significantly. On the one hand, it has enabled the Technion community to become more attuned to industry needs, and exposed faculty and students to a wide spectrum of companies and their R&D activities. On the other hand, it has given the IAP member companies an exclusive platform from which they have access to the Faculty and its students, to influence the direction of computer research, development, and education.

Today, nearly ten years later, the program hosts a variety of interactions, activities and collaborations in the fields of information technology research, development, training, and employment. This unique and dynamic platform bridges traditional borders to form win-win relationships, while achieving and maintaining excellence.

As you continue to contribute to the success of Israel's Hi-tech industry, I invite your company to join our Industrial Affiliates Program and contribute also to shaping the future of Israel's computer science research, development and education.

Professor Eli Biham
Dean of the Computer Science Faculty