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Adam Shwartz


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute

At Cornell Tech

New York, NY

Email: adam “at”


The Julius M. and Bernice Naiman Chair in Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000, Israel


Room 669, Meyer Building

EE Phone: +972-(4)-8294743
EE Fax: +972-(4)-8295757

Information for visitors, and how to find my EE office: instructions and maps. Technion Calendar (Hebrew).




My research interests are Stochastic Estimation and Control-Markov Decision processes, Stochastic Games, Large Deviations, Applications to Computer Communication Networks


Information for graduate students

Information for undergraduate students and what some undergraduates think about me

Information about former students both Ph.D. and M.Sc.

I collected a few items around Technology in education.


See my cv, which includes a list of publications, with pointers to some (mostly recent) papers. Some papers are available in Post-script and/or PDF form. cv.pdf

See also some other stuff.

I edited a book, on Markov Decision Processes, together with Eugene Feinberg.

Other Stuff

From March 2010 until December 2013 I was Chairman of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technion.


From July 2000 to July 2009 I was (too much) involved in the Technion Matmon (ERP) project.


I also serve (2002--2009) as the deputy vice president for information systems---meaning that I was in charge of the administrative computer applications at the Technion including Finance, Logistics, Research Management and more. My boss for 2002---2005, Prof. Micha Rubinovitch, retired. The Technion threw a party in his honor, replete with speeches. With the new boss came a new title: Dr. Israel German, Vice President and CEO of the Technion – 2005-2007.


Energy conservation: During 2006-2009 I was in charge of saving electricity at the Technion. We started with a pilot project in Electrical Engineering – their electricity budget become part of their operating budget. The administrative manager and the manager of the physical plant at EE took this very seriously , and with help from the Technion's Building and Maintenance personnel achieved a saving of over 15% within a few months. Eventually all electricity bills at the Technion were charged to individual units, making them responsible for saving. This is now an on going effort led by the Building and Maintenance department.

For information on savings on electricity used by PC's see for example the articles

The bottom line is: the average computer consumes 100-200 watts, and the average monitor 100 watts. So, if your home computer is left on all the time and is used on average 10 hours a day, by "putting it to sleep" (including the monitor-see the articles) you could save roughly 450NIS a year!

See my little Energy Saving page.


links to People at the Technion in Probability and Stochastic Processes


Two Technion scientists are awarded the Nobel prize (previous Israeli Nobel laureates were in Literature and Peace). They are - Professor Aaron Ciechanover and Professor Avram Hershko, of the faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. They share the 2004 Nobel prize for Chemistry with Irwin Rose, of UC Irvine. See the link above for details and links.

An Israeli scientist was awarded the Nobel prize. Professor Robert J. Aumann, Hebrew University, won the 2005 Nobel prize for Economis (joint with Thoman C. Schelling).

Another Israeli scientist is awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry - Professor Ada E. Yonath, of the Weizmann Institute (2009 - joint with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz).

Files for the program John Gillis and I wrote, to assist associate editors in handling papers, are in the CARS subdirectory.

Miscellaneous fun stuff


Personal and Family

Hobbies: I take table-tennis fairly seriously. I host a site related to the Technion Table Tennis team.

In 2013 we commemorated 30 years to the "Yom Kippur War". Our unit created this personal document (I appear briefly at 4:47 and 30:20). I think this is a fascinating document (in Hebrew).

I gave a few lectures on some mathematical aspects in the Talmud. The first lecture was delivered on February 1999 to a class of high-school juniors, who seemed to love it. A shorter lecture was delivered as part of my army unit(!), in May 1999.Locations of visitors to this page

You can find some interesting links here.



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