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Daniel M. Russell


Daniel Russell is a senior research scientist and 14-year veteran at Google. Within Google, Dan conducts research on search quality, with a focus on understanding how people collect, organize and understand large amounts of information when they search the web. As an individual contributor, Dan is best known for his studies of the human-computer interaction models of people's sensemaking behavior.. He also teaches an online Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "," which has helped 4.5 million students become expert searchers. Before joining Google, Dan held research positions at IBM’s Research Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA), Apple’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) and Xerox PARC. Dan has also been an adjunct lecturer in computer science at the University of Santa Clara, Stanford University, the University of Zürich, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his B.S. in Information and Computer Science from U.C. Irvine, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science (specializing in AI) from the University of Rochester (1983). While at Rochester, he did also research work in the neuropsychology of laterality, models of apraxia and aphasia, coordinated motor movements and computer vision. Dan is a Fellow of the ACM Computer Human-Interaction Society. He is also an international speaker, giving keynotes and invited lectures at conferences and universities around the world. His latest book is The Joy of Search: An Insider’s Guide to Going Beyond the Basics, available from MIT Press at the end of September, 2019.

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