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Research and Innovation at Google

03 Mar
Thursday, 03/03/2011 7:30am to 8:30am

Marc Donner, Director of Engineering Research
Google Health

Computer Science Building, Room 150/151

Bio: Marc Donner

Marc Donner was born in a log cabin on the lower East Side of Manhattan in the second half of the twentieth century. After high school he emigrated to Los Angeles where he studied engineering at Caltech before taking a job at NASA working on planetary radar. He then joined IBM's research lab where he worked on a nine-million-pixel display. After a while he wandered off and made his way to CMU where he earned a PhD in computer science by programming Ivan Sutherland's six-legged walking robot. A talk on juggling by Claude Shannon inspired him to propose a juggling robot, which IBM Research graciously funded. While that work was going on he sponsored Ted Selker's work on what ultimately became the IBM TrackPoint. He then got involved in large-scale distributed computing, which led to a trip to Morgan Stanley, where he built their Intranet, re-engineered their back office, and eliminated all of their data center printing, amounting to about two million pages of paper and two million frames of microfiche per day. This led to some entertaining projects in the marketing department and then to the research department where he led the development of a number of cool financial modeling engines.

Today he's an engineering director at Google looking after the interests of the Finance and Health engineers as well as helping Google with cybersecurity and helping Google work with major museums on the Digital Museum, all while writing articles about science fiction for an engineering magazine.

Also, Marc is happy to talk about the following topics.

  • Display Ads
  • Innovation at Google
  • The Art Project
  • Cybersecurity, cybercrime, and cyberwar
  • Research at Google

Lunch will be provided.