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Shimon Schocken is the IDB Professor of Information Technologies and founding dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel. After 10 years at NYU, he returned to his home country to help found IDC Herzliya -- Israel’s first private, non–profit university. In 2005, along with Noam Nisan, he developed a new approach to teaching applied computer science described in the bestselling MIT Press book The Elements of Computing Systems. Courses based on the book are taught in many schools ranging from Harvard University to the University of the People. [+]