Dr. Shashidhar Thakur is currently the Vice President of Engineering for Search at Google Inc. in California. He earned his B.Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1990 and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
At Google Inc. Dr. Thakur is responsible for building the Google Knowledge Graph in web search, enabling a representation of world knowledge, language understanding, and rich search products. He was also responsible for building Google Discover, which is the query-less modality of Search, using AI to recommend highly relevant information.
Previously, Dr. Thakur was a Distinguished Engineer, Synopsys Inc., where he was architect, developer, and manager for technologies for verification of high-level design descriptions as well as physical and logical optimization of large-scale integrated circuits.
Dr. Thakur has 11 patents in the areas of Search and Electronic Design Automation and has also published papers in refereed journals and conferences.