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Avi Harel received his B.Sc.
(1970) and M.Sc. (1972) degrees in mathematics 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
His work experience includes software engineering, system engineering and
ergonomics in Rafael, Nortel, IBM, Attunity and Ergolight.
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 Usability Software and initiated the design of the
ErgoLight 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.
Since 2007 Avi focuses on developing and
publishing methods for preventing human errors in system operation.
This activity is conducted in collaboration with the Israeli branch of
INCOSE and with the Gordon Center for Systems Engineering of the Technion,