Wed 2nd April 2014 – Prof David Harper

Prof David Harper – Head of University Relations in EMEA for Google

Google its History, Approach to Engineering & Building University Relationships

The talk will start with a potted history of Google, and some recent products will be highlighted. Then, I will describe Google’s approach to engineering, including mission/tenets, and the way engineering is organized and run, and I will describe Google’s five “laws of innovation”.

Changing tack, I will provide an overview of Google’s approach to building relationships with universities, and describe some of our university funding and support programmes. Using case studies, I will show how these programmes play out in practice.

David Harper is the Head of University Relations in EMEA for Google. He has worked in this role for around four years, and has developed the strategy for building university relationships in Europe and has implementing a number of specific programmes of support including the European PhD Fellowship Programme. Before taking on this role, he was a Technical Lead in Zurich, where he managed engineering teams working on search products and applications. Prior to joining Google, he was a Research Professor at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and has published widely in the field of information retrieval.

School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Riverside East, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Conference Room N242, 14:00 – 14:55.

In addition an opportunity to chat informally over tea\coffee will be hosted in N31016:00 – 17:00.

Register you Interest
If you are interested in attending then please register your interest at ( to assist for catering purposes.

Room Locations
One can find out where N242 and N310 are located by looking at Page 23 & 24 of the Riverside East House Manual.


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