Yahoo! Inc July 28 named Dr Prabhakar Raghavan, an IIT-trained industry veteran-turned academic, to head its research efforts.
Raghavan, who is a consulting professor at Stanford University, will lead Yahoo!'s research efforts to address complex challenges in key areas for the company, including search and information navigation, social media, community, personalization, and mobility.
'The appointment of Prabhakar into this key role at Yahoo! indicates the significant degree of importance Yahoo! is placing on research,' said Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo! Inc., in a statement.
"Prabhakar is highly accomplished and respected in the research community, and we look forward to continuing to expand our research efforts to build the technical and scientific foundation we need to ensure the best possible experience for our users on the Internet,' he said.
Raghavan is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of the ACM, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) that provides coverage of the most significant work happening in computer science. He is also a consulting professor of computer science at Stanford, and has also taught at Yale University.
He has been inducted as a Fellow of both the ACM and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
'My goal for Yahoo! Research is to continue to attract preeminent scientists from around the world to help discover new technologies that will enhance Yahoo services that will change the lives of hundreds of millions of users around the globe,' said Raghavan.
'Yahoo!'s vast network offers opportunities for scientists and research that few companies in the world can offer,' he said.