Innovation at Google: the physics of data


Date Thursday August 13th 2009
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC

PARC Forum

Today, we measure the size of the Web in exabytes and are uploading to it 15 times more data than we were 3 years ago.

Technologies for sensing, storing, and sharing information are driving innovation in the tools available to help us understand our world in greater detail and accuracy than ever before. The implications of analyzing data on a massive scale transcend the tech industry, impacting the environmental sector, social justice issues, health and science research, and more. When coupled with astute technical insight, data is dynamic, accessible, and ultimately, creative.

Marissa Mayer will speak to the power of data and the role it plays in Google’s innovation. She will present on the technology trends that are changing our relationship with data, discuss fresh Google products that creatively put data to work, and offer her vision for the future of data in driving the Web forward.


Marissa Mayer, as head of search products, leads Google's efforts to make accessible and useful the immense amounts of information on the web, including websites, images, news, books, blogs, maps, and video. Since she joined the company in 1999 - Google's first female engineer at the time - she has overseen hundreds of improvements on and helped internationalize the site to over 100 languages. She also heads other initiatives such as Google Earth, Google Health, iGoogle, Google Chrome, and more. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design.

Marissa has been recognized as a significant voice in the global community for her perspectives on the intersections of technology and society. She has presented on machine learning and its applications in education to the World Economic Forum's Council on Technology and Education, of which she is a faculty member. She is also the co-chair for the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

Marissa graduated from Stanford University, where she earned a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and an M.S. in Computer Science, specializing in artificial intelligence for both degrees. Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at her alma mater. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education.

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