Pandu Nayak

About me

I am currently a VP of Search at Google, working on various aspects of Search Quality. I am particularly interested in language understanding in the context of Search.

Prior to joining Google I was the Chief Architect and then CTO of Stratify, Inc. There I helped develop the very successful Stratify Legal Discovery service. Stratify was acquired by Iron Mountain.

Prior to joining Stratify, I was a Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. While at NASA I served as the Deputy Lead of the Remote Agent project. The Remote Agent was the first Artificial Intelligence system to be given primary command of a spacecraft.

I received a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT-Bombay, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. My Ph.D. dissertation, Automated Modeling of Physical Systems, was an ACM Distinguished Dissertation.

I used to co-teach Information Retrieval with Chris Manning in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. In the past I also created and taught a class on Reasoning Methods in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford.

Contact information

Google, Inc.

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway

Mountain View, CA 94043

nayak at cs dot stanford dot edu

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