Prabhakar Raghavan, a senior vice president at Google, will be the keynote speaker at the spring 2023 UC Berkeley commencement ceremony for Data Science undergraduate majors, the College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) announced today.
Raghavan leads Google’s Knowledge & Information products, including Google Search, News, Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce and Payments. He is a member of the CDSS advisory board, providing guidance on promising areas of research, the education of data-driven leaders and opportunities for computing and data science in technology and society.
He is an expert on search with more than 20 years of research, 100 papers and 20 issued patents on algorithms, web search and databases. Raghavan, who joined Google in 2012, previously served as vice president of Google Apps in Google Cloud. Before Google, he founded and led Yahoo! Labs, served as chief technology officer at Verity, Inc. and worked for 14 years at IBM Research.
Raghavan earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a former editor-in-chief for Journal of the ACM.
Raghavan’s keynote address will be delivered during Berkeley’s data science commencement on May 18 at 7 pm PDT at the Hearst Greek Theatre. The event will be live-streamed on the website of the Data Science Undergraduate Studies program, which is part of CDSS.
Berkeley students who have completed or are expecting to complete their Data Science bachelor’s degree in fall 2022 or spring, summer or fall 2023 can participate. Registration and ticket information will be shared with eligible students in March.