Dr. Oded Margalit
Prof. Oded Margalit earned his PhD in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University in 1993, under the supervision of Professor Zvi Galil. He has been serving as a judge continuously since 2008, and was awarded the IEEE MGA Achievement Award. His professional experience contains, among others: Machine Learning; Constraint Satisfaction Programming; and Formal Verification, Currently, he is the CTO of IBM’s Center of Excellence in Beer Sheva and a full professor adjunct to the computer science department at Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He also the author of IBM research’s Ponder-This monthly challenge site. An avid riddle and puzzle maven, Margalit has been known to focus this passion on setting up contests and challenges for coding, puzzle-solving, and mathematical challenges.