For more than seven decades the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has been Israelís primary technological university and the largest centre of applied research. It is ranked among the leading technological universities in the world. Many innovations in all fields of science, technology, engineering and life sciences have their origins in research conducted at the Technion.Technionís contributions to the growth of Israelís agricultural industry, building and architecture, chemical and electronic industries, aerospace, energy, medicine and medical technology and biotechnology have been most significant.Technionís achievements have brought Israel to the forefront of high-level technology, and have knowledge and innovations worldwide.In 2004, Distinguished Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ceichanover received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for their pioneering research on degradation of intracellular proteins.They succeeded to purify the enzyme ubiquitin that is responsible for protein degradation in every living cell. Since their discovery of the ubiquitin system, nearly 10,000 related articles have been published in scientific journals because understanding cellular protein turnover is vital to understanding how cells malfunction and cause diseases. Recently a drug for treating cancer was developed on the basis of this knowledge.The Technion University offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as Architecture, Medicine, Industrial Management and Environmental studies. Great emphasis is also placed on its humanities and social science programs, the incorporation of which take on ever-increasing importance in todayís multi-faceted workplace. But Technionís goals go beyond providing a well-rounded technical education. At the institute, scientific instruction is interwoven with professional ethics, producing leaders sensitive to social and environmental issues.The Technion occupies about 1,325,000 square meters and includes 100 buildings. There are about 40 research centres, 11 research institutes and 10 Centres of Excellence. At present there are approximately 9,000 undergraduate students, 3,000 M.Sc. students and 650 Ph.D., M.D. and D.Sc. students - a total of 12,650 students. Since 1929 68,250 students have graduated. There are over 700 faculty members and 58 spin-off companies.
Technion will be mainly involved in the research activity. In particular it will contribute to the development of the conceptual framework and definitions of skills, development of task analysis method, and performance evaluation test battery. Technion will co-lead with UMI the fundamental research task. Technion will also contribute to the Digital representation of skill (RA2), in particular it will co-lead with Percro the Modules of syntax and data format and metaphors design. The Technion team will also be involved in the Capturing methodology & technology (RA3) and Rendering methodology & technology (RA4).
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