Dr. Thomas HOFMANN
Director of Engineering, Google Switzerland GmbH, Zurich
Received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bonn in 1997 and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at MIT and at UC Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute.
1999-2004 Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University.
2004-2006 Held a position as a Professor of Computer Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt, while also serving as the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Publication and Information Systems. He is also co-founder and former Chief Scientist of Recommind Inc, a privately owned company focusing on enterprise search.
since 2006 Director of Engineering at Google and one of the site leads of Google's engineering center in Zurich, Switzerland. His scientific interests are in machine learning, information retrieval, and computer vision.