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Dr. Ramanathan V. Guha

1986 - B.Tech - Mechanical Engineering Google Inc. @ Los Altos Hills, CA, USA

Dr. Ramanathan Guha obtained his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1986 and went on to do his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and  his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford.

Dr. Guha has made seminal contributions that have revolutionized the use of the web, and created structures that have enabled us to organize the vastly different data formats that exist on the web. Working together with the W3C, Dr. Guha was responsible for creation of the RDF family of standards that form the basis for metadata on the web. He is the inventor of RDF feeds, which enable frequently updated pieces of information, encompassing everything from weather to news, to be pushed to users. Dr. Guha is also the (co)author of over 40 research papers and a book on Artificial Intelligence.

He has been instrumental in assisting the Indian Government’s NPTEL (National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning) program by working with IIT Madras in setting up the NPTEL channel on YouTube.

Dr. Guha spearheaded the creation of Schema. Org, a cross-industry initiative that includes the major search engines as members. Schme.org develops schemas for marking up web pages so that search engines and other applications can extract the structured data that underlie the web pages. He has created many products that are in use by millions of people every day. The most widely used of these is Google,s Custom Search Engine, Which enables anyone to create their own search platform. He is the co-founder of two companies: Epinions, a consumer reviews website, and Alpiri, a company that pioneered the use of knowledge bases in search. He is currently a Google Fellow-the highest honour awarded by Google Inc. to its technical staff.

In recognition of Dr. Ramanathan Guha’s  technical  innovations  in web usage and search algorithms, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.

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