Avi Harel - Biography (Hebrew)
Avi Harel received his B.Sc. (1970) and M.Sc. (1972) degrees in
from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel. For his M.Sc. degree he received an
outstanding grade. For his master's thesis he was granted the Landau's award. Between the years 1985 and 1989 Avi
studied Behavioral and Management Sciences at the faculty of Industrial Engineering of the Technion.
Between 1975-1992 Avi worked for Rafael, the Armament Development Authority
of Israel, during which he gained experience in working with a wide range of applications, platforms, operating
systems, programming languages and development environments. Between 1977-1980 he was the manager of 30 people in
the Software Department of Rafael's Division of Electronics. Between 1980-1983 he was the manager of the leading
project of the Electronics Division of Rafael. Between 1983-1985 Avi designed the software for a touch operated
telephone set for the Design Interpretive department of BNR, Canada. Between 1985-1987 he developed a generator of
user interfaces, for use by frequent users. Between 1988-91 he conducted various projects in Human Factors
engineering in Rafael.
Since 1983, Avi developed a methodology for developing
user interfaces, based
on human factors. After resigning from Rafael in 1992, he designed a user interface for the Haifa Scientific Center
of IBM. Between 1993-1995 Avi designed the user documentation for two software companies. In 1997 Avi Harel
founded ErgoLight and initiated the design of the ErgoLight
award-winning tools for
testing the user activity when using Windows applications. Since then he has designed and implemented several
user-oriented software tools, including tools for modular business-oriented website design, for reliable
inter-system and human-computer interaction, and various tools for diagnostic testing, providing reports about
design flaws that hamper the system operation.
Avi's current positions include: