When Mobileye founder Amnon Shashua told me in 1994 that computer vision should be used to help drivers drive, I thought he was a naive dreamer. At that time, computer vision was a pure, useless, academic activity. We hired him at Hebrew University nevertheless and, after many years of incubation, he made his dream come true.
There are now several commercial activities using computer vision, some generated from our own lab, but nothing comes close to the impact generated by Shashua.
Much of the scientific progress has been performed at the Hebrew University. Many of the technical people at MobilEye were educated here.
Shashua is one to watch;
his students are working on developing more powerful models of neural networks, which will impact almost every aspect of our lives.