Former Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Database Group/InfoLab, and Foundations Group
Computer Science Department
Ph.D. 1988 (Computer Science, U.C. Berkeley)
B.Tech. 1983 (Computer Science, IIT Kanpur)
Databases, data mining, information retrieval, and web searching. Privacy and security, particularly in the context of databases and information retrieval. Optimization and scheduling problems, particularly for applications in computer systems, compilers, and databases. Computational and combinatorial geometry with applications to robotics and vision. Computational biology and automated drug design. Design and analysis of algorithms with emphasis on approximations, online computations, and randomized algorithms, as well as related complexity theory.
Rajeev Motwani is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1988. His research has spanned a diverse set of areas in computer science, including databases, data mining, and data privacy, web search and information retrieval, robotics, computational drug design, and theoretical computer science. He has written two books — Randomized Algorithms published by Cambridge University Press in 1995, and an undergraduate textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 2001. Motwani has received the Godel Prize, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur, the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and an IBM Faculty Award. He is a Fellow of the ACM and of the Institute of Combinatorics and serves on the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Computing, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. Motwani serves on various industry boards and advisory boards, including Adchemy, Anchor Intelligence, BASES, Baynote, DotEdu Ventures, Flarion, Google, Mimosa Systems, Neopath Networks, Revenue Science, Stanford Student Enterprises Ventures, and Vuclip. He is a charter member of TIE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) and on the board of BASES (Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students).