Google Research

Ross Koningstein


Driven by learnings from his efforts on Google's RE less-than C (renewable electricity cheaper than coal), Ross started an advanced energy research group to explore what Google could do to accelerate future nuclear-derived energy, a potential solution to climate change. Examples include Google's plasma fusion collaboration with TAE Technologies (Optometrist Algorithm), sponsoring a scientific investigation into the parameter space in which Cold Fusion has been claimed ( Nature Perspective), sponsoring research into Nuclear Excitation by Electron Capture ( NEEC at EPFL), and engaging in high-level future of energy advocacy.

Ross joined Google in 2000 as its first Director of Engineering after an entrepreneurial early career. His early work at Google included contributing to the design of Google's breakthrough high-efficiency data center in The Dalles, Oregon. He was one of the early inventors of Google's AdWords, the main revenue driver for the company.

Outside of work, Ross applied his knowledge of energy systems to his home renovation and won a green building award, and gave invited talks at Stanford on his learnings. He was an executive producer of two movies “Pandora’s Promise”, and "The New Fire". Ross earned a PhD in Aerospace Robotics at Stanford University and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Carleton University, and was awarded an "honorary doctorate from Carleton University.

Selected Patents

Methods and apparatus for ordering advertisements based on performance information and price information (Google AdWords foundational patent)

Associating Features With Entities, Such As Categories Of Web Page Documents, And/Or Weighting Such Features (Google AdSense)

Determining and/or using end user local time information in an ad system

Optimal pricing and advertisement slot allocation

Method and apparatus for enabling a host to influence how a packet is routed through a network

Soliciting user input for thermostat control

Changing a rank of a document by applying a rank transition function

Electrical load management

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