Prof. Ofer Hadar

Professor, Communication Systems Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Prof. Hadar earned his BSc, MSc (cum laude), and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, in 1990, 1992, and 1997, respectively. His PhD studies, supported by the Clore Fellowship, focused on the effects of vibrations and motion on image quality and target acquisition.
Between August 1996 and February 1997, Prof. Hadar served as a research visiting scientist at CREOL, Central Florida University, Orlando, FL, working on angular dependence of sampling MTF and oversampling MTF. From October 1997 to March 1999, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
Prof. Hadar joined the Communication Systems Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University in 1999. Currently, he holds the position of Full Professor and served as the department head from 2012 to 2018. His research interests encompass a wide array of topics including image compression, advanced video coding, transmission of video over IP networks, data hiding, and cyber in compressed video streaming. In recent years, his main research has focused on deep learning in various funded projects by competitive funding agencies, covering areas such as autonomous cars, precision agriculture, telemedicine, encrypted traffic analysis, and adversarial AI.
Since 2011, Prof. Hadar has served as an Associate Editor of the Optical Engineering journal. He was also a guest editor of a special section on video compression technology in Opt. Eng. in July 2013. Between August 2015 and February 2016, he spent his Sabbatical as a visiting Professor at the Electrical Engineering Dept. at UCLA, collaborating with Prof. Izhak Rubin on SVC video streaming over wireless networks.
In 2018, Prof. Hadar held a lecture tour on "Cyber Security risks in the IoT domain" at seven universities across Brazil, with support from the Israeli embassy in Brasília, where he also works as a consultant for various Hi-Tech companies in Israel and is a Senior member of IEEE and SPIE.