Dr. Ryohei Urata is currently a Principal Engineer/Director in the Platforms Optics Group, where he has defined/developed Google's datacenter optical technologies and corresponding roadmap for the past decade. Prior to joining Google, he was a research specialist at NTT Photonics Laboratories, Japan. He has over 145 patents, publications, and presentations in the areas of optical interconnect, switching, and networking. He received the B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of California at Berkeley (Highest Honors), and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University (Stanford Graduate Fellow).