Yahoo has appointed Dr. Ron Brachman as vice president of worldwide research operations and opened a research office in NYC.
Brachman, who joins Yahoo! from DARPA and AT&T Labs, will be based at Yahoo!’s newly-opened research center in New York City. The center will focus on key technologies in the areas of computer science and social media relevant to Yahoo!’s products and services.
Brachman has had a distinguished career as a scientist and senior executive, marked by many significant accomplishments and honors. His expertise and experience will play a crucial role in expanding Yahoo! Research globally. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Brachman served as the director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO), and there developed IPTO’s Cognitive Systems initiative, which brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the national research community. Prior to his term at DARPA, Brachman was a Research Vice President at AT&T Labs where he developed a world-class artificial intelligence group. He recently completed a two-year term as President of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and is a Fellow of AAAI and of the Association for Computing Machinery.
“Yahoo! tackles and solves some of the hardest technical challenges in the Internet world at a massive scale,” said Brachman. “I look forward to helping build a world-class research organization focused on exciting problems that only a company like Yahoo! can address with its array of products and services and its reach to more than 400 million consumers around the world.”