Krishna Bharat

Krishna Bharat
Born (1970-01-07) 7 January 1970 (age 49)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology, Madras
Georgia Institute of Technology
OccupationResearch scientist at Google

Krishna Bharat (born 7 January 1970) is a founding adviser for Grokstyle Inc,[1] a visual search company and Laserlike Inc.,[2] an interest search engine.[3] He was a research scientist when he was at Google, Mountain View, where he led a team developing Google's news product. Among other projects, he opened the Research and Development center at Bengaluru, India.[4] He is the creator of Google News, a service that automatically indexes over 25,000 news websites in more than 35 languages to provide a summary of the News resources.[5] He is on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Journalism School and John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.[3]

Krishna Bharat created Google News in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks to keep himself abreast of the developments.[6][7][8] Since then, it has been a popular offering from Google's services. Google News was one of Google's first endeavors beyond offering just plain text searches on its page.

Bharat grew up in Bengaluru, now an IT hub in South India. He completed his schooling from St. Joseph's Boys' High School in Bengaluru, and received an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He subsequently received a Ph.D from Georgia Tech in Human Computer Interaction.[9] Before joining Google in 1999, he worked at the DEC Systems Research Center where, with George Mihaila, he developed the Hilltop algorithm.[10][11] At Google he developed so-called LocalRank,[12] which can be considered to be an adaptation of Hilltop.

In 2015, Krishna received the Distinguished alumnus award from his alma mater IIT Madras.[13]


  1. ^ "GrokStyle - Visual AI for Retail". GrokStyle. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Laserlike - Your Interest Search Engine". Laserlike. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Krishna Bharat Linkedin Profile". linkedin. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Krishna Bharat to head Google's Bangalore centre". Rediff. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  5. ^ "Krishna Bharat". Google. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  6. ^ Glaser, Mark (4 February 2010). "Google News to Publishers: Let's Make Love Not War". PBS. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Google Friends Newsletter - Q&A with Krishna Bharat". Google. July 2003. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Burning Man at Google". 3 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Google wants to be part of journalism's future". rediff. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  10. ^ When experts agree: using non-affiliated experts to rank popular topics
  11. ^ US Patent 7346604 Method for ranking hypertext search results by analysis of hyperlinks from expert documents and keyword scope
  12. ^ US Patent 6725259 Ranking search results by reranking the results based on local inter-connectivity
  13. ^ "IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Awardees - 2015". Indian Institute of Technology Madras - Office of Alumni Relations. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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