Google senior researcher Dan Russell to deliver talk on search instruction at SILS

February 6, 2019

Daniel Russell, Google Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View, will deliver a talk titled “The Joy of Finding Out:  Adventures in Teaching People How to Search” at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) on April 12.

Photo of Dan Russell smiling with hands on hips.
Dan Russell

Russell will share what he has learned from a decade of teaching students, librarians, scientists, and the public how to be more effective online researchers. The talk is scheduled for 10:00 am in Manning Hall 209 and all are welcome to attend. 

A member of the SILS Board of Visitors, Russell holds a PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. These days he recognizes that amplifying human intelligence is his real passion. His day job is understanding how people search for information, and the ways they come to learn about the world through Google. His current research focuses on how human intelligence and AI can work together to produce more successful results than either could achieve alone.

His 20% job is teaching the world to search more effectively. His MOOC,, is currently hosting over 3,000 learners per week in the course. In the past three years, 4 million students have attended his online search classes, augmenting their intelligence with AI.  His instructional YouTube videos have a cumulative runtime of over 350 years (24 hours/day; 7 days/week; 365 days/year).