Krishna Bharat
Born (1970-01-07) 7 January 1970 (age 53)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology, Madras
Georgia Institute of Technology
OccupationResearch scientist at Google

Krishna Bharat (born 7 January 1970) is an Indian research scientist at Google Inc. He was formerly a founding adviser for Grokstyle Inc. a visual search company and Laserlike Inc., an interest search engine startup based on Machine Learning.[1][2]

At Google, Mountain View, he led a team developing 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.[3] He created Google News in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks to keep himself abreast of the developments.[4][5][6] 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.

Among other projects, he opened the Google India's Research and Development center at Bengaluru, India.[7][8] Bharat is on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Journalism School and John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.[9]


Bharat 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.[10]


Before joining Google in 1999, he worked at the DEC Systems Research Center where, with George Mihaila, he developed the Hilltop algorithm.[11][12]

Tenure at Google

At Google he developed so-called LocalRank,[13] which can be considered to be an adaptation of Hilltop.

He worked on web search and information extraction at Google between 1999 and 2015, and left Google in 2015 to become a founding adviser for Laserlike, a machine learning software startup, which was acquired by Apple in 2019.[14][15] Krishna Bharat rejoined Google in July 2019 as a distinguished research scientist.[15]


In 2015, Krishna received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater IIT Madras.[16]

He received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism.[17][18]


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  2. ^ "Apple acquires Laserlike, an ML startup that might make Siri smarter". VentureBeat. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Krishna Bharat". Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  4. ^ Glaser, Mark (4 February 2010). "Google News to Publishers: Let's Make Love Not War". PBS. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Google Friends Newsletter - Q&A with Krishna Bharat". July 2003. Archived from the original on 25 January 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Burning Man at Google". YouTube. 3 June 2011. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Krishna Bharat to head Google's Bangalore centre". Rediff. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  8. ^ "India sees more people coming online than the content being created: Google search head". The Economic Times. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Krishna Bharat Linkedin Profile". linkedin. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Google wants to be part of journalism's future". rediff. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  11. ^ When experts agree: using non-affiliated experts to rank popular topics
  12. ^ US Patent 7346604 Method for ranking hypertext search results by analysis of hyperlinks from expert documents and keyword scope
  13. ^ US Patent 6725259 Ranking search results by reranking the results based on local inter-connectivity
  14. ^ "Apple acquires Laserlike, an ML startup that might make Siri smarter". VentureBeat. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  15. ^ a b Reporter, India-West Staff. "Google Confirms Google News Creator Krishna Bharat Has Rejoined Company". India West. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  16. ^ "IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Awardees - 2015". Indian Institute of Technology Madras - Office of Alumni Relations. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Krishna Bharat". John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  18. ^ "7 Indian-origin people in prominent positions at Google". The Economic Times. Retrieved 8 January 2020. Also, he received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism.