Yossi Matias - Biography

Prof. Yossi Matias, Director, Israel R&D Center, Google

Yossi Matias is the managing director of Google's Israel R&D Center, with overall responsibility for Google research, development, and technology innovation in Israel. Under his leadership, the Israeli center has developed visible and core technologies in the areas of Search, Data Analysis, Gmail, YouTube, and I
nternet scale infrastructure. Matias joined Google in 2006 to establish the Tel-Aviv R&D Center. Subsequently, he merged the Tel Aviv and Haifa centers into a single strategic Israel R&D center, which is part of Google's global Engineering organization. He is a member of the Google EMEA leadership team, and was also responsible for technology innovation in YouTube and Data Analytics in EMEA.
Prof. Matias is also on the CS faculty of Tel Aviv University (on leave), and previously a research scientist at Bell Laboratories and a visiting professor at Stanford. He earned his PhD (with distinction) from Tel Aviv University and his MSc (with excellence) from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Previously he served in the Israeli IDF as an Israeli Air Force pilot.

Matias has authored over 100 scientific and technological research
 papers and is the inventor of over 20 patents, in the areas of data analysis, algorithms for massive data sets, data streams and synopses, parallel algorithms and systems, data compression, data and information management systems, security and privacy, video processing, and Internet technologies. He pioneered some of the early technologies for the analysis of massive data sets, internet privacy and contextual search.

He is serving as Chair of the ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award committee, on the founding steering committee of the Israeli Academic Grid, and was a member of a national committee evaluating strategies for Grid technologies; he was a program commitee member and invited speaker in numerous conferences. He was a program co-chair of ICALP'09, the primary European Conference on Theoretical Computer Science.

Matias is a recipient of the 2005 ACM-EATCS
 Gödel prize in Computer Science "for the profound impact on the theory and practice of the analysis of data streams". His work was instrumental in setting up a scientific field of algorithmics for massive data sets, and technologies now extensively used in industries involving massive data sets. In 2009 he was elected an ACM Fellow.

Matias has been extensively involved over the years in the high tech industry in leadership roles as an entrepreneur and executive, in the areas of search technologies, internet privacy, database technologies and business intelligence.