Yael Hitron

I am a Ph.D. student at at the Weizmann insitutue, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, where I am fortunate to be advised by Dr. Merav Parter.
I am interested in theoretical computer science, especially in distributed computing. My main focus is in studying biological neural networks from an algorithmic prespective. Additionally, I am interested in byzantine distributed computation.

Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I completed my M.Sc. at the Weizmann Institute under the supervision of Prof. Uriel Feige. Before that I completed my B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ben-Gurion University (BGU).


  • Broadcast CONGEST Algorithms against Adversarial Edges
    Yael Hitron and Merav Parter
    DISC 2021 [arxiv] [talk]
    Best Student Paper Award at DISC'21

  • General CONGEST Compilers against Adversarial Edges
    Yael Hitron and Merav Parter
    DISC 2021 [PDF] [talk]
    Best Student Paper Award at DISC'21

  • Spiking Neural Networks Through the Lens of Streaming Algorithms
    Yael Hitron, Cameron Musco and Merav Parter
    DISC 2020 [arxiv] [talk]

  • Random Sketching, Clustering, and Short-Term Memory in Spiking Neural Networks
    Yael Hitron, Nancy Lynch, Cameron Musco and Merav Parter
    ITCS 2020 [paper]

  • The Computational Cost of Asynchronous Neural Communication
    Yael Hitron, Merav Parter and Gur Perri
    ITCS 2020 [paper]

  • Counting to Ten with Two Fingers: Compressed Counting with Spiking Neurons
    Yael Hitron and Merav Parter
    ESA 2019 [arxiv]

  • The Ordered Covering Problem
    Uriel Feige and Yael Hitron
    Algorithmica 2016 [paper]


TA at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC), teaching the following courses.
      • Data Structures, 2018-2021.
      • Introduction to Computer Science, 2017.

During 2018-2019 I was also a lecturer at the WeCode program. WeCode is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help young adults from social and geographical periphery learn programming with the intention of being incorporated into the Israeli Hi-Tech industry. This training is provided with no charge.

Contact me

Email: yael.hitron (at) weizmann.ac.il
Office: Jacob Ziskind Building, room 147 Weizmann Institute of Science.