Tal is a research staff member in the Haifa Research Lab, and the Manager of the Multimedia department in the lab. Tal received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computers Science from the Technion – Israel institute of Technology. Prior to joining IBM, Tal held a research position in HP research labs, specializing on database systems, and prior to that he held a management position in an information systems and software development company in Haifa.