Prof. Yossi Matias
Vice President, Search & AI, Google
Head of Google's R&D Center in Israel

Yossi Matias is Vice President of engineering at Google leading efforts in  Search and AI and is the global lead for Google Crisis Response and the founding co-lead of Google's AI for Social Good initiativeHe is the founding managing director of Google R&D Center in Israel which he grew to over 1000 on staff. Under his leadership, the Israeli center has developed and advanced visible and core technologies in the areas of Search, Data Analytics, YouTube, Internet scale infrastructure, Cloud, Core Systems and AI Research (some highlights here)

Yossi is leading efforts in core Search technologies and experience, including Live Results, Autocomplete, Google Trends, and Search Console. He established an AI Research center, leading efforts in Conversational AI, including Google Duplex (see also here, here, and here), Call Screen, Live Caption (also here)Live RelayEuphonia, Read Aloud, Recorder transcribe, and Pronunciation practice. Other research efforts include Foundational research, and crisis identification and prediction, including Flood Forecasting (see also an update and a clip), and wildfire updates

He is the founding exec lead of LaunchPad, which has evolved into a global program supporting thousands of startups through launchpad weeks, Launchpad Accelerator, and LaunchPad Studio for AI & ML focused startups. Yossi is the founding executive lead of Google's Campus Tel Aviva novel technology hub for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Israel, which already hosted over 350,000 participants, and developed global entrepreneurship programs such as Campus for Moms. He is the founding executive sponsor of the Mind the Gap program, encouraging high school girls for CS and STEM, which was recognized with the 2015 Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award and is on the board of She Codes. Yossi pioneered an initiative of bringing online hundreds of heritage collections including the Yad Vashem photo archive and the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls, seeding Google's Cultural Institute.
Prof. Matias is also on the CS faculty of Tel Aviv University (on leave), and formerly 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 50 patents, in the areas of data analytics, algorithms for massive data sets (aka big data), data streams and synopses, parallel algorithms and systems, data compression, data and information management systems, security and privacy, video processing, Internet technologies and conversational AI. He pioneered some of the early technologies for internet privacy, contextual search,
and the effective analysis of Big Data.

He served as Chair of the ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award committee, on the founding steering committee of the Israeli Academic Grid, was a member of a national committee evaluating strategies for Grid technologies at the early days predating Cloud and recently at a national committee about the strategy of AI. He was a program committee member and invited speaker in numerous scientific, technological and business conferences; he is a board member of IATI - the Israeli Advanced Technology Industries, and is co-chair of its multi-national forum; he is serving on the editorial board on the journal on Big Data.

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. He founded in Bell Labs the Lucent Personalized Web Assistant project (1996), developing one of the early Internet privacy and anti-spam technologies (sold by Lucent to a CMGI company); he was co-founder and CEO of Zapper Technologies (1999), pioneering advanced contextual and personalized search technologies; he was the CTO and Chief Scientist of Hyperroll, leading the technology strategy of its high performance big data analytics solution for BI (acquired by Oracle).

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 big data, and technologies now extensively used in industries involving big data. In 2009 he was elected an ACM Fellow, in 2015
he was recognized by the IEEE for his pioneering contributions to the Israeli high tech, and in 2017 he was recognized by the daily business newspaper TheMarker among Israel's top 100 influencers. He
is a recipient of the 2019 ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for seminal work on the foundations of streaming algorithms and their application to large-scale data analytics.